“Ironically, it was in pop and rock in the 60s and 70s that the truly immutable masterpieces were conceived and made, the albums-as-artworks that were made in studios and created for the medium of the LP, and which exist, definitively, in that format rather than on the live stage or as a series of suggestions for future interpretations of the same musical material. Classical music, on the other hand – above all, of course, the repertoires of anything composed in the pre-recording era - was never meant to be turned into a single perfected realisation of anything: these musical “works” – whether they’re Bach’s Passions or Mendelssohn’s symphonies or Chopin’s piano music – are more like assemblages of musical possibility, which exist as the sum total of their scores, their editions, their range of interpretative choices, and even their range of representations in writing, thinking, and listening to and about them.”
Right! Let’s get this show on the road!
it’s all culture
“I didn’t write the book because it was a book about betrayal that could only be facilitated by my betrayal of other people, many of whom had already been betrayed. This wouldn’t have been a clever metatextual commentary on the nature of betrayal; it would have just been really quite mean of me, and sad.”