Friday, May 6, 2011

"Wagner Was Right"


Here's a little lecture I gave at a Jewish TED-like event earlier this year called "Bina" ("Wisdom" in Hebrew).

Wagner said Jews are incapable of creating great music because, having no homeland, they pull sounds from all traditions into the "motlyest chaos." Could such an anti-Semite be even partially correct? And if he was, how is it that Jewish composers from Leonard Bernstein to Phillip Glass have dominated America’s "classical" new music scene since it began? We'll trace a century of "serious music" to see if there's any consistency to the Jewish Aesthetic. And at the end, we'll uncover who the next generation of Jewish composers are – and why haven’t you heard of them.

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