jonadkins Posted April 13, 2008 Share Posted April 13, 2008 ================================== Organ music at the Proms is very welcome, and our kind hosts must be very pleased. However, I found myself getting slightly annoyed as I read through the list. If the Proms do one thing, they introduce us to the familiar and the not so familiar; which is how it should be. Not wanting to be political, but unable to avoid being so, do folk remember the outcry recently, when some ghastly woman suggested that the Proms were "elitist," and that they should appeal more to "ordinary people," whatever and whoever they are? For me, I find this rather predictable list of "things you know but can't get enough of" terribly disappointing, as if the organ establishment have decided to present "Classics for Pleasure," as the only thing which would be aceptable to the great unwashed. When we have had Czech music, American music, Tuvan throat singers andall sorts of odd-ball things thrown at us, so why can't the organ estabishment come up with something interesting, original and...well...exciting for a change. Have we become so narrow minded, that we are in danger of reducing the organ repertoire to that of two composers, two Toccatas and one symphony? It's just an insult to the intelligence of the Prom audiences, who are rather sophisticated on the whole. I would also question whether the Royal Albert Hall full of Promers, is really the right place to have so much very religiously inspired music, which demands a certain special atmosphere. What's wrong with playing to the gallery? There are three to choose from, and enough music around to blow the socks off the audience. "Disappointed of Yorkshire" MM Dear Disappointed of Yorkshire, Please give us the programmes (and players, if applicable) you would have wanted to see, then! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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