This article struck me. I’ve seen this attitude toward musicians so many times. I don’t resent that many folks think we are overpaid, some of us certainly are! Orchestra musicians are NOT, however. But that there are usually the same people who laud artists they love, who they can’t live without, who give them “my music” or “the soundtrack to my life” – also the same folks who will shell out hundreds to attend a well-known artist perform a well-known piece. Where do you think those artists and those pieces come (came) from? Not from hard work, patronage, self-promotion and single-minded devotion the the craft of playing and the art of music? Certainly not…as my good friend and frequent co-worker says : “people think music just happens”, so when it’s done well it appears effortless and fun, and clearly that’s infuriating to many.
A couple of days ago, an article appeared in Bloomberg that was so misinformed, so short-sighted, so petty, so ignorant, and so utterly ridiculous that to let it go unchallenged would be irresponsible.
The article came from Manuela Hoelterhoff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning executive editor for Bloomberg Muse and author of Cinderella & Company: Backstage at the Opera With Cecilia Bartoli. Clearly, a capable and decorated writer who has been in the business for many years and deserves respect from this lowly radio host.
Earlier this week, Hoelterhoff decided to take on the labor dispute at the San Francisco Symphony. She proceeded to rail against the SFS musicians for “sulking,” saying they “have stopped working because they don’t like doing what they are meant to be doing.” As if a labor stoppage is ever about enjoying one’s job.
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