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WHY PIANO PAST IS BETTER THAN PIANO PRESENT

It's not the musician's fault that the music we make nowadays is less moving than what the great masters of the classical period composed.

It's the listener's fault, really, and the fault of those in charge of our culture. By those in charge, I mean every producer, director, moneybags, educator, actor, singer and artist.

Everyone in the modern art world, including music, has succumbed to the lure of money and advancement, and the paleness of their creations shows it.  The listeners have become mere consumers, accepting the dreary garbage the greedy music producers put out without question.

Young people struggle every generation to separate the false from the true in their musical culture of bands and singers. Older people have stopped buying records because there is no menu at all for them: music producers can think of no other way to get the adult dollars than to repackage oldies.

One simply can't hide the motivation behind a piece of music. If it was composed for love, we will sense it. If it was composed to be a hit song and make money, that, too, will be obvious to the careful listener. This difference in emotional quality may not be apparent to the average listener, but it is to real professionals.

Compare, say, Beethoven and Kenny Rogers, the now faded country star. Beethoven's music is entirely genuine, composed from a passionate need to express the feelings of a great soul. Kenny's tinsel displays a cleverly appealing get-rich-quick veneer of Nashville-Hollywood production but has little underlying emotional value.

And it's not the genre at fault. There are great country and pop artists whose music is genuine and moving, composed from the same need to express deep inner feelings. Early Elvis is an example of genuine expression. Late Elvis is a perfect example of fake, or at least real dulled by the fakeness of druges.

To return to the present, there is no reason for a talented person to become a composer in America today. There is no audience, there is no support of any kind in terms of a mass audience. All the infrastructure, the piano companies, the teachers, the press, the stars, the records have disappeared as music companies came to be ruled by the money men, who sold out your culture to Disney and other conglomerates to be used as background for their violent, lucrative creations.

Now all that great piano culture is gone forever, and those who try to revive it are sidelined by the very academics that should be supporting efforts to popularize real culture. Academics now spend their time getting tenure, paying the mortgage, and advancing themselves, not finding ways to spread the knowledge they possess.

There are no record companies that produce anything except rap and pop junk.

There are very few classical radio stations, as WQXR in New York City was recently abandoned by its owner, the New York Times, revealing that the Times has sunk to the greedy level of everyone else in the media. If the Times, bastion of culture that it once was, rejects classical music, there is little point in seeking a career in it if that is a barometer of America's regard for culture.

The next time you want a spot of culture, don't ask me.

Ask Time-Life Books, or Disney.

They own what is left of your culture, and will never give it back unless you pay to admire what you already own. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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