Modern Classical Music Sounds Like Monster Movies


Igor Stravinsky sits at a piano, 1929.


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I share quite a few of Barton Swaim’s sights on modern classical music, but he is completely wrong to lump

Igor Stravinsky’s

“Rite of Spring” in with tunes he claims no one particular wishes (“Songs With no Listeners,” Bookshelf, July 17).

The “Rite” has been wildly well-liked given that its scandalous debut in 1914 and is one of the most recorded of all 20th-century operates. It was also provided in the vintage


movie “Fantasia.”

Thomas Moers Mayer

Shelter Island, N.Y.

A lot of new classical-songs performs audio like soundtracks for serial-killer or monster videos. The music may be technically hard for the performers, but it is excruciating for listeners.

Our area symphony a short while ago did an Eagles live performance. Rock audio on violins, what a tragedy.

Brian Zimmerman

Hollins, Va.

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Appeared in the June 24, 2022, print version.


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