It is a myth that very few people want to hear contemporary art music. The problem is that the people who don't want to hear it are the ones who have the most disposable income, the most free time, and the loudest voices. If there is a dictatorship of modern music, these people provide it, sustaining the 1990s "bums on seats" justification for artistic enterprise that Mr Webber espouses.
No audience, orchestra or cellist should try to influence what is felt by minds more creative and sensitive than their own and living composers should not allow their curiosity to be marginalised by mediocrity and commercialism. If it is true that only the best art survives its own lifetime, we will never discover what is best in the music of today if it is not heard.Reuse content