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RE: Bizarre twist in musical taste (long)

If anything, I think there must be more talent today than there was then. It's just directed down different avenues. In music, towards popular art. Perhaps outside of music and art, in other creative directions. Certainly, we're enormously creative scientifically and technically. It's a rich time for that.

I think it's also true that creativity in certain areas varies from time to time and place to place. The philosophers of ancient Greece, the painters of the Italian renaissance, the poets of Elizabethan England -- there are just special times and places in history. Arguably, we've experienced two such eras in popular music, the jazz era and the rock era of the late 60's/early 70's.

But I think the question you pose is a good one. Suppose a talented composer did want to write a work to equal the Messiah? Even if he had the genius and skill, would modern forms support such an effort? I don't think they would.

There was a time in the 20th century when writing music that didn't assault the ear was a way to get expelled from the academic/critical establishment. It was a given then that a composer who dared to use melody or harmony wasn't being serious. Things have I think backed off some from the extremism of that time, but even so, a work in the style of Handel or Beethoven would be an archaism, and what style today allows the creation of music that sublime?

There's plenty of wonderful music to mine, but it would be special indeed if we could hear the new oratorio by Handel, or Beethoven's new symphony.

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