The next political flashpoint

The next political flashpoint


norman lebrecht

April 16, 2010

On the BBC’s Music Matters tomorrow, I discuss the forthcoming premiere of Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian’s Cello Concerto on April 24th, a day that Armenians the world over mark as the start of the Turkish massacres in 1915. It is an overtly political piece of music and Turkey will doubtless make its usual diplomatic protests.

What concerns me here is not the historic event – appalling as it was – so much as the aptness of creating a political flashpoint in the concert hall. I shall post the full text of the talk here on Sunday, or you can catch the streamed broadcast any time during the next week.

And then you can let me have your views.