#MondayMotivation: Sometimes the Most Obvious Thing Is the Most Important Thing

Looking for a little #MondayMotivation? We’re pulling out past stories that are still just as relevant today. Here’s a pearl from Jim: Programming Decisions Should Be Reconsidered Every Couple Centuries.

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

A lot of discussions occur about how to save classical music institutions, but I think the one that is so obvious that it almost avoids being discussed at all is content. This article makes the point that there are a handful of “Great Men,” as the author calls them, whose music is the only music that orchestral institutions tend to play, at least if they’re expecting to be taken seriously.

Without even touching the questions of sexism or cultural elitism that such a claim suggests, let’s look at it in a much simpler light. Imagine if somebody made a decision about what kind of content to put in your live performance venue, and then you had to live with that decision until the year 2213. It’s hard even to imagine the year 2213, but a couple of hundred years is roughly the age of a lot of the music that’s among that enshrined as the canon of classical music organizations.

I’d say it’s very simple: …

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