Richard Taruskin in the New Republic:
There are two ways of dealing with the new pressure that classical music go out and earn its living. One is accommodation, which can entail painful losses and suffer from its own excesses (the “dumbing down” that everybody except management deplores).…Orchestras have accommodated by modifying their programming in a fashion that favors the Itzies and Pinkies and little divas. Composers have accommodated by adopting more “accessible” styles. Love it or hate it, such accommodation is a normal part of the evolutionary history of any art.
Oh, right. It’s not that I just happen to like triads and melodies and pulse, or anything. It’s just that I’ve gone and caved to the market’s demands. Sure. Accessible. Thank you, Mr. Taruskin, for calling me (and the rest of us) out.