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THE LOONEY TUNES ASSAULT ON CLASSICAL MUSIC

So many people have sent me the story about "music 'professors'" at Oxford University calling for a "culturally inclusive" music curriculum that I feel compelled to comment about it.

But I won't, except just briefly, on the following article by Fay Voshell shared by K.M. It's worthy of your careful consideration.

Will Oxford University Start Smashing Pianos as Communist China Did?

Consider the following paragraphs:

Those familiar with the excesses of Maoist China should note with growing alarm that ideas similar to those foundational to Mao's Cultural Revolution have found their way into the music department of Oxford University.

Oxford music professors, encouraged by BLM representatives to repudiate what is deemed white supremacism characterized by classical Western music, have targeted the university's traditional focus on irredeemably "colonialist" composers such as Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.

Now I've no doubt that Ms. Voshell is accurately summarizing the position of these "professors," but what strikes me as extremely odd here is that Mozart certainly spent some of his career in the employ of one or another patron in Austria, and much of it in and around the capital of the Hapsburg Empire. My quibble is perhaps an Oxonian one in implying that the Austrian Empire was "colonialist." An empire, yes; imperial, yes; colonial in the sense that a Britain, the Netherlands, Spain, France, or Portugal were colonial, no. Austria never had such a vast overseas colonial empire. Then there's Beethoven, whom most people know was hardly in favor of imperialism of any stripe, colonial or otherwise. After all, he did initially dedicate his 3rd symphony, the "Eroica", to Napoleon Bonaparte and then scratched out that dedication when Napoleon's ambitions became clear.  And Bach? Composing his masterpieces for one prince or duke or another, or ending up in the free city of Leipzig and his endless quarrels with the city council? None of the states with which Bach was ever associated could be considered even remotely "imperial" save in their association with the tottering Holy Roman Empire, more of a legal entity in Bach's day than a real state. And the principalities, dukedoms, and free cities with which he was associated possessed nowhere near the strength to be "imperial" or "colonial" on their own. After the Thirty Years' War that ended a mere three decades or so before Bach was born, those states were lucky to have survived the devastation at all. Harbor imperial or colonial ambitions? Nonsense! Unglaublicher Wahnsinn!

Such factual quibbles are of no interest to the "woke" musicological junta of Oxford, however. They are interested only in an agenda, an agenda that Ms. Foshell zeroes in on like a laser:

Significantly, the piano once again has been singled out as an obnoxious symbol of Western oppression.

Members of the music department propose that students not be required to learn to play the piano or conduct orchestras, as those practices are centered on white European music and cause "students of colour great distress."  Even the way music is taught, some complain, is a problem because the "vast bulk of tutors for techniques are white men."

Oxford will discover that it will not be enough to trash Western music because more often than not, it has been composed and conducted by white men.  The demands of ideological barbarism known as cultural Marxism coupled with Critical Race Theory will doubtless soon affect other disciplines.  Soon the demand will be that the entire university, which currently is rated as the best university in the world, be completely restructured, as it is deemed inherently infected by Western "whiteness."

In like manner, leaders of Mao Zedong's "Cultural Revolution" sought to root out all Western influence, including Western music, in order for the new communist order to be established.  Violins were smashed along with the fingers of those who played those instruments.  New cultural forms such as Madame Mao's infamous military ballets substituted for Western ballets and Chinese opera as the people's art.

The goal, as Mao himself advocated, was the complete reform of university education, including the arts.

As the BBC noted, the piano was targeted as the primary symbol of the corrupt West.  "During the Cultural Revolution four decades ago, the piano was seen as the most dangerous of all Western instruments.  It was once described as being akin to a coffin, a black box in which the notes rattled around like the bones of the bourgeoisie."

World-renowned pianist Liu Shih Kun was subjected to struggle sessions.  "Because of his travels abroad, because he had shaken hands with Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev, because he played Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, he was labelled a 'counter-revolutionary revisionist[.]' ... He was made to clean the toilets at the Central Conservatory of Music and forced to serve six years in Beijing's Taicheng prison, just about managing to keep his strength up by augmenting his daily two bowls of brine with worms culled from rotting vegetables." (Emphasis added)

There's a hidden implication here: why is it that all around the world, musicians from other cultures strive to learn this tradition, this "western" music? Why did Japanese koto orchestras make so many recordings of J.S. Bach in the 1970s? Why does modern China lead the world in the construction of new pipe organs? Why does a Chinese maestro and piano virtuoso have to suffer for playing Mendelssohn or Mozart? Why would one want to smash lovely instruments like violins and pianos? I would aver that the reason has nothing to do with colonialism or imperialism or "whiteness" or "patriarchy", and everything to do with the music itself, and with that mathematical "adjustment" that made modern western music possible, beginning with the Renaissance, but actually an "adjustment" stretching back to Plato and the Pythagoreans and even to Sumer. That adjustment made this music - from Palestrina to the Beatles - possible. And the key - not to coin a pun - was that "adjustment" to the natural harmonic series, a universal physical phenomenon, that allowed composers to modulate (change keys or tonal centers) during a piece of music. Music was no longer limited, or in a better word, "stuck" in one key. It's that universal phenomenon of the harmonic series, perfected as it were by another universal phenomenon, human reason and the mathematics of proportions, that in my opinion accounts for the universal quality of this musical tradition and its appeal across so many cultures.  There is, so to speak, a cosmology behind it.  There is a sublime beauty and transcendence to it that Japanese, Chinese, Siamese, Indians, Blacks, men, women, old and young have recognized in it. Only the modernist "uglifiers" of "woke" "culture" seem incapable of doing so. Not a surprise, since they are bereft of the very reason that made that musical tradition and its underlying cosmology possible.

It's that cosmology that is the real target here, whether of Mao's revolutionaries or Oxford's musicological junta, because that cosmology has nothing to do with race, maleness, or better put, fetid Marxist cultural dogmas, critical race theory, the glossolalia babbling of the Frankfurt school, or anything remotely related to them.

And that's why, I suspect, that the ultimate target here is J.S. Bach himself, for in his train one will encounter other masters of that musical cosmology, Haendel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi, Rameau, Couperin, Buxtehude, the Chevalier de St. Georges (look him up if you really want to be "woke"), and on and on we could go...

The real target isn't whiteness or colonialism or maleness or anything like that. The real target is that Logos and ratio one so clearly hears and experiences in that music.

See you on the flip side...

 

 

 

66 thoughts on “THE LOONEY TUNES ASSAULT ON CLASSICAL MUSIC”

  1. Also this has nothing to do with anything ‘racial’….
    Because everyone knows Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, among so many of their ‘collegue ‘ thoroughly lived the circle of fifths and made a new language,
    Miles Davis explored the modal scales after thoroughly understanding the diatonic scale.
    They were carrying on the tradition that Daddy Bach righteously had given us.
    Listen to His ‘inventions’, and what else can be said?
    I once knew a ‘lady’, who used to open for Sinatra and Sammy in Vegas, and she told me all the Jazz musicians on their off time used to listen to Bach.
    Have a nice day

  2. Norichika Iimori, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra released Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphonies No. 35, No. 17, No. 6 “Le matin” on February 15th, 2017. So the Japanese are also recording Franz Joseph Haydn’s music.

  3. I tend to think it is the most “integrated” people being God’s gift knitted with natures body that are oft the most gifted. One’s “colour” does not factor into this, education might! So, in my book those professors going along to get along should be ashamed knowing perfectly what they are doing.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Or, rewrites your version
      to a default programmed script.
      Call it an advanced auto spelling check.
      All the more reason to proof check.

      Soon/if not now,
      I imagine; what one sends; maybe changed “in transit”.
      In fact, it can be changed: going & coming; on both ends, at once?
      The digital realm is wickedly structured by design.

      Why an interactive “public” commons whiteboard is good.
      At least one, or more parties; would realize the ruse.

  4. anakephalaiosis

    The British monarchy is based on British Israelism, and that is not sustainable, because bloodlines can become corrupted.

    That is why other means were put into place, in ancient times, that could render kingship null and void. An emergency break!

    That is the true meaning of the metaphor, that “draws sword from stone”, to be “rightful”, as king. The riddle is appreciation of merit.

    The dragon claws its hold, on the throne, by killing music!

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/jeqwyztt2vbxwrf/doctor-whoops-a-daisy.jpg

  5. But Dr. Farrell these so-called Marxist have nothing in common with the real Karl Marx as the so-called Christians who burned the Library of Alexandria, the Codex of the southern North and Central Americans, and the Rongo tablets of Rapa Nui have to claim the followers of Yeshua of Nazareth. These are nothing more than educated barbarians. And the black joke is educated in what torture and murder and vandalism for the hell of it thrown in for their sick sense of fun.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      In the novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” there is an “Aunt Arsenic”, who keeps her garden clean, by her own recipe of Cantarella.

      Young females have hysteria, whereas elder females have estrogen meltdown. The latter becomes a terrible dragon.

      Professional dragon slayers know, how to irritate dragons into frenzy, by cracking jokes on their head, pēēing in their teapot.

      The Tower of London becomes a second home.

  6. When you realize woke is not about race, justice, fairness, logic, or objectivity, but instead is about power dynamics in a society, it all makes sense. This has absolutely nothing to do with whether such-and-such composer actually supported colonialism, slavery, or whatever else. The woke aren’t interested in objective historical reality; their focus is on the subjective experience of the “oppressed” and on gaining power for themselves.

    Simply put, the goal of the woke is to put a woke elite in charge of society. (True believers imagine this will liberate the oppressed and pave the way for a neo-communist utopia.) Critical Theory is merely a means to that end, and its goal is to “disrupt and dismantle” the existing civilization and its social order. Before you can usher in a new civilization and put yourself in charge of it, you’ve got to tear down the existing one. Hence the attacks on the pillars and icons of Western civilization, and on anything/everything that makes Westerners feel good about themselves, their culture, and their civilization.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      To establish the estrogen empire of the full moon, the patriarchy must be seen given imperial features, that can be overthrown.

      The estrogen empire needs a bogie man, to project fears, deriving from low self-esteem, while envying the man’s branch.

      The lion knows its witches, and it sharpens its claws, by the “fusion reactor” of the Scythian martial art discipline, called “yoga”.

      The wellspring of all music is deep silence, in the forest, when the lion roars.

      https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/jeqwyztt2vbxwrf/doctor-whoops-a-daisy.jpg

      1. “yoga” – runic postures
        ——
        ragnarok
        The sun turns black and earth sinks beneath the sea
        As the hot stars through the heaven fly;
        The threatening flames and streams grow fierce,
        Till high heat spreads around the sky.

        Now Garm howls loud before Gnipahellir,
        The fetters break, and the wolf runs free;
        Much do I know, even more I see
        Of the fate of the gods, the mighty kin.

        Now I see that the earth is being born again;
        Cascades fall, and greenery emerges from the waves
        As the eagle beneath the ridge
        Dives and catches a fish.

        The gods meet on the earth’s surface
        To talk of the terrible worm’s destruction,
        They recall the past events
        And talk of Odin’s ancient runes and wisdom.

        Once again in a wondrous daze,
        Shall the golden tables in grass be found,
        Those the gods had kept in the olden days.
        ——
        the celestial and terrestrial waters connected by the ancient water bird goddesses
        “waters” (aether?) (Source?)

  7. In the cultural war there are three levels of stupid: there’s Stupid, Really Stupid and Declaring War on Bach. The more the younger generations have cultural incoherence inflicted on them, the more they will find relief in Baroque sensibilities.

    1. Robert Barricklow

      ZDB
      China is exporting this technocratic authoritarianism model worldwide.
      Canada is but one of many in the works; the USSA is moving in that direction as well.
      Therefore, more States will red flag those 5-Starred Communist Credit Systems protocols; by putting up great legislative liberty walls against those, and other Re-Set measures – that secretly attempt to strip any liberties from their citizens.

  8. Obviously Baroque. As a musician I am sure you have given this subject great thought. Singing it is different as the person is the instrument which you well know.
    This particular music has a phronema quite its own. φρόνημα.
    We do not form it. It forms us. Yet again one might say that of all music. But each genre affects us in unseen ways. We are materially altered by music.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      Merging with the instrument, one becomes the pipe organ, and then the cathedral, and then the town, and then the whole land.

      It flows like the river Ea, when the spirit takes over. In that moment, one switches on the soul, and outshines everything.

      Baroque is bursting with nature, and that subconsciously connects the elemental forces with the quintessence. Alchemy.

      Culture creates MAN, whereas music makes him manlike. Star Trek’s Pinocchio learns table manners!

      1. Robert Barricklow

        ZDB
        And, here I though the masks were bad.
        These vaccines are literally, magnitudes of order more evil.
        Thanks for keeping us all, in-the-know.

  9. Reminds me of a Tony Heller video on newtube sometime back that highlighted how Greta never scolds CCP for their horrific and increasing use of coal while the rest of the world is supposed to give up all use of energy needed for development let alone survival.

    Good point he brought up here quoting Orwell:
    https://newtube.app/user/TonyHeller/9fSM2xJ
    Herding The Sheep – 6:28

    Orwell:
    If thoughts corrupt language, language can also corrupt thoughts.

  10. One absurd fact about Maoism is that it also massively rejected and destroyed their own Chinese culture; and according to Simon Leys they did it repeatedly in their older history, way before Communism. Chinese “Culture Revolution” was according to him a pure power struggle. And they would everywhere play all day long horrible “revolutionary operas” through loudspeakers (cf Simon Leys “Chairman’s new Clothes”).

    With respect to culture, it was worse than Stalinism: and in fact, Chroutchev at least did some strait public destalinisation, which was then continued with Gorbatchev, where as China never managed to do such. There are different degrees of madness…

      1. Those seeking power over others looking for weaknesses they can exploit, no doubt.

        As His Excellency, Xi Jinping, has stated, “China does NOT walk the western road of constitutionalism, separation of powers, or judicial independence.” It would seem that there are those globally positioned that have the means to finance in private, not be front and center as targets, and share similar ideologies. It’s no wonder why there’s a political slant to daily politics.

        Neither do those advocating this latest confabulation of misdirection by way of Hegelian dialectic, under the guise of appropriated freedoms. They’re looking for weakness (trying to identify), setting up the groundwork toward contradiction (weaponizing fear to twist anxiety into hate; suspicion into violence; and cowardice into surrender (at this time, through information warfare as part of their “Unrestricted Warfare”)), and establishing where they [those that have several names to date assigned to them that are part of the sniffer software flags] a foothold toward hegemony / world domination. Tactics that are as old and moldy as those previous tyrannical dictators now rotting, out of harm’s way. You’d think they had a death wish psychopathology in their backpacks the way they parade around.

    1. “Chinese ‘Culture Revolution’ was according to him a pure power struggle.” BINGO!

  11. Looney is a good word to describe this maladjusted thinking. But, there is an anger that is producing this sick thinking, like a blind rage that needs to be addressed. Perhaps instead of the music appreciation group pleading the case for excellence and achievement, the blind rage element of the woke should receive mandatory anger counseling. – That would be a taste of their own medicine. It’s like the bully breaking the bright child’s lego creation.

  12. Robert Barricklow

    My current perspective[which has gone from SNAFU to FUBAR] is continually drifting towards a complete “reality” flip of carbon/living;
    towards a silicon/AI; spelled out symbolically, by its mirror image: live/evil.
    So then, when one drills down to the music of the spheres;
    A Through the Looking Glass/Wonderland mirror is expressed,
    in quite extraordinary ways – at least, to those who on the “live” side.
    One might say, there’s the wild side of “live”; unlike an AI evil –
    the wild side is beyond triadic – there’s an anagogy of wild life.

    That is to say,
    “that the white kitten had nothing do do with it/it was the black kitten’s fault entirely…. I’ve held up one of the books to the glass, and then they hold up one in the other room. ‘How would you like to live in the Looking-Glass Kitty?’ …. Let’s pretend the glass has got soft like gauze, so that we can get through. Why it’s turning into a sort of mist now. I declare! It will be easy enough to get through —–”

    [anagogy: interpretation of a word passage(as of Scripture or poetry) that finds beyond the literal, allegorical, and moral senses a fourth and ultimate spiritual or mystical sense]
    I had looked up the definition of analogue thru google.
    But; suspected that the “word” analogue had been “Webster” digitally “Vaccinated”. So I pulled out my old battered and tattered Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary [10th Edition] …
    Which led serendipitously to anagoge^

    To the Today’s Post, about Music going Looney Tunes[my reading].

    1. Robert Barricklow

      Wall Street has basically three tested playbooks, that Antony Sutton wrote about: USSR , FDR, & Hitler. Three types of socialist control.
      One could also throw Communist China. A Rothschild creature?
      At any rate; those “playbooks”, are now the scripted narrative sources; for the covid1984 ad infinitum, Re-Set op.
      A “Reel” Live-In-Action Looney Tune, being played worldwide 24/7/365.
      Forget about common sense.
      Their mental “faculties” are based upon “administrative” cents.

      Some’thing’ w/knowledge, and a deep understanding of music;
      knows music has been very key, in this ongoing Cosmic War.
      Therefore, it is using the “ancient” playbook, and Antony fine-tuning it,
      to exterminate “real” music, for “reel” music.
      The live/evil re-set. The carbon-based/silicon-based res-set.
      In fact, this is a live-in-action experiment – of numerous mind-control vectors being employed.
      Somewhere in the distant past,
      was man engineered to be manipulated?
      Because, these mind-control technological tools;
      are making those – using them –
      the very tools of mind-control technology themselves.
      Doublespeak. Doubleirony. Doublebinary. Doubletrouble. Doubledown.

      This Music Op, is beyond the pale.
      That no one could see this, and not get upset;
      is itself, beyond the pale.
      That those “elite managers”, are even going along for the ride;
      is beyond the pale.
      Surely “they” know – they’re being taken for a ride?
      That it does not end well for anybody;
      at least, those still in their right minds.
      “They” have to know, deep down;
      that eventually they too,
      are going to have to face the music.

  13. Barbarians at the gate. Today’s news has Dr. Fraudchee declaring a new “public heath issue” … fire arms. How can we defend Bach if we can’t defend ourselves? Not sure which ‘stupid’ is more destructive, but both are dangerous.

    1. I can’t remember which city or state it was (Colorado?) that declared racism a “public health emergency”!

  14. IT goes even deeper …“they” HATE EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD ! 😌 …”they” are of their FATHER !! Folks just take an 👀 at “these” people !!! “they” can’t EVEN ….🙂 something that is UNIVERSAL,EASY …does NOT cost ya a freakin ( & boy wanna “use” another F-word hehe) thing !!! it’s free free free free & an 😁 will make ANYONES DAY ! …well almost anyone 😄😃😀😊🙃🙂😉

  15. “the piano once again has been singled out as an obnoxious symbol of Western oppression” – LMAO

    Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Felonious Monk are playing a racist instrument or is jazz still okay for me to enjoy? I’m so confused.
    And is it cultural appropriation that Joey Alexander (Yellow) and Eldar Djangirov (White) play jazz brilliantly? I’m so confused.

  16. This is so grotesque that it is actually borderline funny.
    They want to outlaw Beethoven, whose 9th is the adopted (kidnapped) anthem of the (woke and ever progressive) EU?

  17. As a child I was forcibly subjected to ‘Hungarian Rhapsody No 2’ as played by a white chested rabbit by the name of ‘Bugs Bunny’. Oh the horror! (Actually, I loved it…it’s one of my favorites.)

  18. Glasses.
    Wearing glasses is a plain indicator of the unwoke. Among a mass of people you can’t tell who plays various musical instruments, or who likes classical music versus Hip Hop, for example.
    But glasses – with modern surveillance and identification equipment Pol Pot can be outdone with ease.

    1. Like in the movie, They Live, the glasses allowed them to see through the veil of mind control. No one else in the movie wore them. 😎

      1. The glasses reference was about what happened in Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge communists under Pol Pot took power in 1975.
        A genocide started with anybody they thought was educated being a prime target, and they thought wearing glasses was an indicator of educated city people who they wanted rid of.

    1. Love it. Made my day.
      But what about all that covid coming out of the great unmasked?
      Leave it to the French & Germans to protest in style LOL

      1. There are many unmasked “irresponsible” demonstrations to in France, I just had no time to post.

    2. One of the best examples one has seen of a “flashmob” assembly. Seen them with Irish Dancers and Bag Pipe playing Scotts. Worth an endless recording and play back.

      Anyone who said that Europe was dead was daft.

      1. @Richard : There are countless flashmobs in France with this song of HK and other songs, and they have spread to other european countries (Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy…), I have no time to look, so many are they, and there is still a fundamental work to do spreading the reality about the rigged election counts in Europe. Once enough europeans are aware of this, a cold dark anger will rise, the kind of anger that can change all, not necessarily with violence, but with cold hard determination.
        What is happening now thanks to the unveiled dictatorship is a huge fraternization within the european Peoples (including the Russian People) completely undermining the propaganda apparatus.

        It is very interesting that you say “Anyone who said that Europe was dead was daft.”
        This kind of messages desinging other Peoples as doomed is predictive programming propaganda, made both by paid agents of Mr Globalooney, or by unwitting idiots that find it cool to point to “others” than themselves as being the next target of the bloodsuckers (or even deserving it!), as if it were normal to feed an ever hungry beast instead of facing and destroying it.

        This propaganda could be read in many articles and comments on the web, also made by some people against their own country or continent. But it is less and less accepted, more and more countered. I was the only one who systematically countered it frontally. Until last year, I cannot tell you how much I was attacked for that. I never backed down : this is the deep fight we have to win for everything else to clear up.

        And symetrically, in Europe we had to read propaganda messages saying “but the Americans, THEY are doomed”.
        But again, I said no, I do not accept it either. There is only one propaganda we should accept : “the bloodsuckers are doomed”. As a french singer recently put it to the bloodsuckers “go and ask the devil to forgive you, because we won’t be so mercyful”.
        The last time I wrote no, I do not accept the Americans to be doomed, I was NOT attacked, on the contrary the independant journalist who had written the death sentence replied “I don’t want it either actually” !! People are gradually escaping this mind programming which is no “low-intensity” possession but very serious suicide programming.

        The predators of Man have spread this propaganda because their main weapon against OUR POWER is not their military or phamaceutical or electronic or weather control power or their so-called “advanced civilization”, it is DOUBT. Doubt is their deadliest weapon as their war is first against our MINDS.
        Doubt is the poison that can kill the power of our WILL. And they are aware that without doubt the power of our Human will can make us INVINCIBLE.
        I can testify that just as deep Love, a cold dark anger concentrated on a target dissolves any doubt, and can unleash the unstoppable power of our will.

        1. @Danse
          One was very happy to find other sources of creative non-violent assemblies (flashmobs) today. You’re right, some of these recordings go back several years. The one with that Simon / Garfunkel tune of “Sounds of Silence” brought back many fine memories of liberty after a time of forced silence. With this censorship business going on, could not have jogged the ole grey matter any further. Glad it wasn’t Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. There’s plenty of things seemingly going wrong from out of the blue these days. Paul McCartney wrote this song to symbolize that unexpectedness.

        2. Dispelling the doubt allows all possibilities, good, evil and indifferent. Some believe in the good, some in evil and the many that are indifferent allow both. God help us get to the indifferent. Bless you.

  19. A one world order obviously entails an irrational one worldview. Recognizing harmony and ratio would be a threat.

    1. Reminds me of Huxley ‘s Dystopian novel Of Ape and Essence.
      And the only ‘music’ that was left had its effects.
      The novel left me wondering what happened to the author to write such a story.
      And yet it was highly entertaining, I better find a priest and confess my sinz…..
      doe rei me fa Sol la tea die!
      Would y all like it to hear that coming back down in melodic or harmonic minor?

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