Oops — sorry, Sir Edward

elgar_0001.jpg

Just received this postcard of Elgar from a friend, in response to my post on the ECO’s Elgar concert (where I described the Nursery Suite as ‘fairly fluffy stuff’)…

He also says:

The ‘Nursery Suite’ was almost the first classical music that I ever knew — from the BBC afternoon test cards in the early 1960s.  The other pieces were ‘España’, ‘Valse Triste’, a waltz from ‘Eugene Onegin’ … and … the ‘Rosenkavalier’ waltzes…

Thanks, Grahame!  So you never can tell what’s going to hook you in. 

Dear BBC (and everyone else), please, don’t ‘dumb down’ — keep scattering the seeds of classical music and there might at least be a few new listeners in future generations.  Otherwise the entire cultural heritage of our civilisation will just dribble away before anyone notices.

Advertisements
Explore posts in the same categories: concerts, Fun stuff, music

Tags: , ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

One Comment on “Oops — sorry, Sir Edward”

  1. mona lisa Says:

    Jonathan
    Your plea to the BBC to keep scattering the seeds of classical music made me laugh. I am a member of a choir, here in Ontario Canada, and most of the other members are a wee bit more highbrow than myself. (at 43, i’m also one of the youngest members, which is sad)
    Anyway. One evening, during the break, we were discussing our first exposure to classical music. You can imagine the looks I received, when I told the other ladies that mine came via Bugs Bunny cartoons, and Gilligan’s island.

    Those seeds should continue to be scattered, whether through public radio, or cartoons.

    Love your musings, Jonathan


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: