Wednesday, November 16, 2016


I look at all these orchestral works on my desk.
And ask ?
Is it a waste of life to write something no one cares about ?
Or is it more of a waste of life  to write things people like and you don't care about ?
What is the answer  ?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Musical Criticism in the Internet Age

Dear Kind Sir,

My Venetians Concertos are relentless,rhythmic therefore most likley vile.
And I apologize for being naive enough to believe that art reflects time and culture ?
And since I live in the middle of New York city, not some quant alpine pasture my music reflects that.
And I apologize for being dumb enough to think that a critic can be objective rather than subjective and try to understand what I am doing instead of reducing my work to their own myopic level of understanding. Aesthetic criticism absents itself from the subjective experience and attempts through rigor and training to objectify the experience to quantifiably accepted criteria.  That's why aesthetic criticism is valid and important.  Otherwise, everyone would have a valid opinion!

Perhaps I should write adagio diatonic recorder and lute music for surfing Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumbler  and rest of the the new intellectual pursuits of our time. The word is dead and along with that serious music and literary criticisms. As we enter the age of Trump we will finally get the culture we deserve...

I suggest if you are up to stretching a little to listen to my Mice War children's opera.

David Chesky

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

American Ballet Theater

Interesting program.......
Russian music. Russian ballets. Russian dancers, Russian choreographer..... but wait.... it will be an American audience, so I guess that is why they call it American Ballet Theater. It is sad that these institutions think that we are so inept as New Yorker's that we don't have the talent to create art, or in this case,  re create it. Perhaps they are doing Ailey's "Revelations" right now at the Kirov ?

Monday, February 22, 2016


EGO is mans downfall and the catalyst to make him soar. When it dominates us, we are natural born Killers. When we tame it, we can create great things. But the EGO monster has to be fed more than our stomachs to give us some power in a powerless situation. Perhaps nature gave us EGO so we did not sit under a coconut tree all day thinking what is the point of doing anything. Perhaps the smartest man of all sits under that tree and see the big picture and is content watching his 70 years go by in peace knowing whatever he does, does not matter.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Pop Culture

The way our culture is retrogressing in the not to distance future actors in a large theater will recite nursery rhymes to an adult audience that will stand up and cheer.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Our Culture

Cultural institutions must be circumnavigated in order to create new culture.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Opera, a DEAD art form ?

I just saw a new English opera the critics raved about that was a complete bore. If this was an indie movie we would bomb it as a banal, boring and non-relevant story, but since the culture vulture critics need to justify their existence they put modern opera on a pedestal and look at it like some ink blot test trying to find some hidden meaning the rest of us cannot. The great operas entertain, engage, and enrich us and that is why they have stuck around for centuries and will continue to do so. 

On another note, where are the great American operas that the American opera houses created and put into the repertoire? They simply gives us more old European works to cater to an older elite wealthy audiences. Take a handful away and the entire opera world disappears. The fact is opera is a DEAD 18th century art form supplanted by the art form of today, FILM. It has no relevance and connection to modern America. The next generation of Silicon Valley venture capitalists will not support it, and it will die unless the classical world as a collective can create works that speak to a younger audience. And I don't mean the downtown scene that lowers the bar to be hip and pander to pseudo-intellectual rockers, but to find new works that reflect our current society and its concerns while still being able to entertain and engage the patrons.....then new opera will speak to a new generation....