What orchestras will come back to…

What orchestras will come back to…


norman lebrecht

June 14, 2021




  • Ben G. says:

    There is some truth to this:

    With all of the billions of possibilities of mixing up 12 notes that have been used by European composers right from the very beginning, the Ta-ta-ta-Dum is the one that generally stands out from all the others.

    As for the Philip Glass “atonal melody”, 😉 YouTube will certainly provide the listener with a version if that person cannot attend the concert.

  • Patrick says:

    It is called “satire”. Look the word up in the dictionary.

    • John Borstlap says:

      The Oxford Dictionary of Cultural Analysis gives ‘Eric Satie’ as the originator of satire, which means something else has been meant than appeared on first sight / hearing.

      • Patrick says:

        The English word satire comes from the early 16th century .

        the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

  • Scottish Musician says:

    Well, you’ve got to read those PDF programme notes on something…

  • Nate says:

    So funny, Norman! How did you think of this?

  • Brian says:

    The Simpsons was on point with the exception of the “atonal medley of Philip Glass.” I don’t believe he’s ever written an atonal phrase, except for possibly in a very early piece.

    And while nitpicking, I doubt an orchestra would open with Beethoven 5 followed by Glass. They always put the new music first or second on the program followed by the “hit.”

  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    Don’t forget the Pastoral Symphony scene from The Simpsons