Reflecting on all the English aristos I admire and feeling I’ve done the Saxons dirty, I finally get around to Sir Scruton’s third book on music written a couple years before he died. Born in 1944, he seems to have at least halfway dodged the boomer curse. He’s one of the few institutional philosophers that doesn’t make me roll my eyes, and he’s an aesthetician, which is a rare combination. He did something like Tocqueville’s journey to America, he was invited to teach the philosophy of music in Boston. He said the class was all excited for him to talk about AC/DC, U2, metal, etc. and they didn’t understand what he was talking about when he began to discuss classical music
all of my students had a problem with the attention span demanded by classical music.
The education Scruton got, brits listened to classical while teenagers.
This is a subject I’ve been dying to talk about for a while, and haven’t for reasons you can “theorize about”.
The demons will not be happy about Scruton. They will be hatching from their hellspawn at the sight of his words. Just like after the abortion decision, all the unrepentant hookers reared their ugly heads and showed their true colors.
In earlier times our musical culture had secure foundations in the church, in the concert hall and in the home… and music took its place in the ceremonies and celebrations of ordinary life alongside the rituals of everyday religion and the forms of good manners.
When an English aristocrat talks about “good manners” he means it not in the ordinary way. I’ll leave that to your own guilt-complexes to decipher.
Good manners? Like you aren’t a ZOG-creature? That’s a good start. (Impossible.)
Sir Scruton is cool though because he tries to argue for more obscure composers that he thinks are even up there with Beethoven and Mozart that you probably never heard of.
Pretty much every page of this says “aristo”- he isn’t a typical academic, he’s his caste before he is a schoolman.
Listening is a time-consuming and intellect-involving process.
Still, if you “know the Saxon” you will “hear” certain lack of intellect with him. He’s at least a bridge.
I tend to agree with him here about Metal
When you talk about one art you talk about all arts. There is a version of “Metal” in all sorts of arts.
I never liked the stuff, anyone want to meme me in? Seems like it shuts off thoughts.
Scruton really does have this stuff down to a science, you’d probably be surprised. I only suggest you try to have the Saxon down to a science while reading him. Honoring Mendelssohn and jazz in the beginning of this study is probably Norman-derived ressentiment. Botched instincts!
He can show the real monkeybrain behind music though. You’ll see it a lot of it as hitting pans with sticks after reading him.
Pretty much any type of art you can think of is buried under Age of the Masses interpretations. Scruton is different.
The exo/eso distinction applies here too. I avoid saying some things about classical music because in our time one is required to speak in the “pop register”. You don’t have to miss out, friend, just read Scruton (with an imagination). Just saw him throw Tchaikovsky under the bus for instance. I.e. if he’s critical of those in the classical canon imagine how severe he sounds about more humble genres?
His time in Boston seems to have really pissed him off as an old man. Probably something to do with being a proud Englishman.
Meanwhile, I might as well be writing to “Bostonians” myself. Monkeypeople with no attention-span. There isn’t any saving this hopeless people at this point, I don’t know why I try to help them.
I guess for the quiet ones. Some have survived the rabble revolutions and are smart to be silent. Recogize the ape and carry on without noting it. That isn’t enough for me not to feel despair, I wish others noted it besides me. Years now and I’m still alone so I don’t expect anything to change. The silent ones are just as detestable to me as the apes at this point. Walk around on your knuckles in public, it makes me feel good about the world, ape.
Anyway, let’s get real “Geburah”. Reflect on who is writing this study
How could one expect an Englishman–even an English aristocrat–to appreciate classical music on a non-mob level?
“We slaves won, so you have to listen to us.” Haha I’d rather if you just killed me, nigger.
Be silent or be a scapegoat, that’s your choice. Just to let you know, every year of being scapegoated gets worse, it never gets better, only the opposite. So which do you choose? Absolute contempt for slave-natures is how I begin, personally.
Scruton’s people created some of the worst music in history, and none of the best, and we are supposed to listen to his opinion. Sir, I have my reservations.
It’s the same with philosophy…
It’s a slave-hegemony of the disciplines after the vulgar majority surrounded their betters with capital and guns.