Saturday, May 5, 2018

Why Classical Music cannot change

Mozart, Brahms, Bach, etc have all been codified by our society as classical music and have become a branded institution. Orchestral institutions now exist for the perpetuation and perseveration of the institution, not invention .
So we have institutions vs. invention. If you want new and innovative music you must look elsewhere. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tech the new creative outlet

The tech world inspires and rewards creativity. The classical orchestral world castrates it.


Youth has the illusion of possibility.

Monday, August 21, 2017

New Classical Music

New compositions in todays classical music climate are doomed from conception.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Classical Music

Progress runs on innovation.
Classical music runs on preservation.

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