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The 1996 Christmas Music Lecture
VE Day in Prague - The Churchill Music
Article from THE MUSICAL TIMES

"Today, (1990) a run of the mill conductors
fee is $10,000 a night, a Barenboim or Giulini
holds out for double that amount.
It would take a car worker in their audience
half a year to earn as much."

"At the time of his death Leonard Bernstein's
minimum fee was DM 40,000.
In the post Prague spring of 1990,
he was paid for one concert what a
Czech schoolmaster would earn in 25 years."

"Put another way; in 1910,
a top conductor earned 10 times as much for a concert
as a factory worker took home in a week.
In 1990, he was paid 50 times as much."

"In a matter of twelve decades, the conductor
has risen from humble servant in a composer's court
to be master of musical destiny.
The composer, meanwhile, has become as poor
as a church mouse and equally muted."

 

All quotations from Norman Lebrecht's book THE MAESTRO MYTH, subtitled Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power.

(ISBN 0-671-71018-4, published by Simon & Schuster Ltd.)

This book, and his latest book:

MANAGERS, MAESTROS & THE MURDER OF CLA$$ICAL MUSIC (ISBN 0.684.81681.4)

are essential reading for anyone trying to understand the causes of the world wide financial difficulties of orchestras and opera

companies.

Norman Harvey Rutherlyn. Composer.The 1996 Christmas Lecture
By the Founder of The Churchill Society and the composer o
f THE CHURCHILL MUSIC Norman Harvey Rutherlyn.

The Battle for REAL Music.
"What relevance does a Music Department have to the Society?....................."

"............. 'music' is remorselessly played, down telephones, in lifts, airports and departmental stores, in the dentist's surgery, and often mindlessly drenched over every item on TV. It is all pervasive, inescapable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; so much so that we no longer listen we just 'hear' it subconsciously......................"

"....................are we - by doing this - putting at risk the inborn musicality of our children by subjecting them from  before  birth (for it has been proved that a foetus can listen to the outside world) and then; as they begin to grow - all day long to today's mass music cacophony? Is it not strange how good parents unthinkingly permit the publicists and merchants to degrade their children's inborn, superb aural selectivity?....................."

 

The story of PDF THE CHURCHILL MUSIC


 

 

...................Ladybird.

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