An Alternative Timeline of Classical Music History

Thursday, August 04, 2016

An illustration of the infamous 'scandal concert' that Arnold Schoenberg presented in 1913 in Vienna. An illustration of the infamous "scandal concert" that Arnold Schoenberg presented in 1913 in Vienna. (Wikipedia/Wikipedia Commons)

Along with its legacy of beautiful and moving works, the history of music has also sparked scandals, outrage and even riots. Here's a timeline tracing some of those moments, highlighting some of the more infamous, strange and subversive events in classical music history. 

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Carol Luparella from Garfield, NJ

Tony, I agree that they missed a great opportunity to delve more deeply into the richness of classical music. (How can they exclude the music of Bruckner in their segment on 19th century music?)
However, since this is really a fundraiser, they probably felt it was safer to play only a Top 100 type of program.

Aug. 04 2016 03:16 PM
Tony from NYC

A nice idea, but disappointingly realized (probably due to DGG more than WQXR).

I was excited yesterday (Wednesday) to think about what I might be hearing at any given hour. And then, around 9am (3 hours, or 1/12th of the day) to hear Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn. 1/12th of the thousand year timeframe would have put us roughly in the early 12th century. I had visions (can one 'see' music?) of Lenin and Perotin, some of the earliest secular songs, and a discussion why all the music that remains is largely sacred music.

No discussion of the Cambrian like explosion of musical diversity that occurred in the early 17th century, nor any explanation of why this might have been the case.

What we get, instead, is a Top 100, but in chronological sequence. Don't get me wrong - I love the works we're hearing, I just think that this was a wonderful opportunity that was blown. (Again, probably more to DGG than WQXR).

Aug. 04 2016 02:01 PM

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