we can not turn train of modern civilization backwards .. the only thing possible for any craft to survive and grow in new conditions is to have wider appeal, but ...because of extremely conservative nature and many taboos, rules and laws regulating existence of this craft it does not look that it could grow its appeal. Andrei K
I agree with the first part of your statement that we cannot turn modern civilization backward but disagree with your reasoning concerning the effects of conservatisim, taboos, rules, etc. as its primal cause(?) It is not because of conservatism, taboos and rules that Classical Music and serious Jazz are in decline but rather that the values needed to promote and grow these Art forms in the future are at odds with 21st Century Materialism as preached overtly and subliminally in movies, TV, videos, magazines and taught in our homes and schools. And, the decline of educational standards we have witnessed in the last 60 years in public education(especially here in the US) and the exclusion of a balanced educational curriculum that includes Music, Art and Literature are endemic and perhaps irreversible. The Arts have traditionally struggled in the scope of the development of our Western Civilization but the numbers of Liberal Arts students nationwide has fallen dramatically in both primary, secondary and university curriculums as compared with the recent past. And, these trends are not likely to be reversed since not only performance opportunities for serious music have declined but the results of the lack of exposure to serious Music and Art have created an environment where the term "Artist" is used for Psycho-Pop Painters, dime store novelists and three-chord guitarists who make millions from the humble, uneducated masses. Perhaps, the saddest example, for me, is that the Sixties charlatan, Dylan, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in the shadow of Solzhenitsyn, Satre, Steinbeck, Camus, Hemingway, Churchill, Faulkner, Eliot, Hesse, Mann, Shaw, Yeats, Rolland . . . excuse me dear reader but I think I'm testing the limit of civility. Playing again . . . Rognvald O.K. I guess I can't stop. Here are some of the profound lyrics by the Nobel Laureate . . . . How is it possible to write such profound lines?
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)
I ain't a-saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right
Now, that's a Nobel Prize-winning author!
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra