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Classical is essentially Western European art

Classical is essentially Western European art
February 05, 2011, 04:23:10 PM
Classical is a decidedly Western European art with a few notable submissions from Scandinavia and Italy.

The American Conservative, July 14, 2003         

"Together" is an optimistic little Mandarin language film about the Westernization of the Chinese soul from the director of the 1993 hit "Farewell, My Concubine," Chen Kaige. In 1966, Mao's Red Guard smashed up his family's collection of Western classical records and forced young Chen to publicly denounce his filmmaker father as a running dog counter-revolutionary.

Since Mao went to his reward, European art music has rebounded tremendously in China. While classical music is slowly withering in the West, it is finding a new home in the East.

Asia has produced countless young technical virtuosos, but "Together" acknowledges that often their nimble fingers and admirable work ethics have not been matched by the emotional depths required by the 19th Century Romantic repertoire.


Re: Classical is essentially Western European art
February 07, 2011, 01:40:20 PM
self-evident? they don't call it western art music for nothing. Which is not to say that there hasn't been great performers from outside the usual classical music hotspot, think Mitsuko Uchida, Claudio Arrau or Martha Argerich. Incidently though, they were all trained by european teachers which is no surprise, really.