August 22, 2008
written a good deal describing and praising
In many respects, Wolfgang Rihm is a good example of Beamterkultur. His music is almost paradigmatic for largely modernist State Radio festivals like Donaueschingen. Beamterkultur often has a nationalistic and masculinist character as well. (One thinks of that old Ruggles and Ives sensibility of taking your dissonance like a man and a good American.)
Beamterkultur also reflects the modernist view the art should be a rigorous form of edification – an exalted “Feuillitonism” for those familiar with the larger cultural meanings of the term. It’s something like Frank insisting to himself that he eat his musical vegetables, even if he has to spread the Rihmian spinach out over three days.
There is much that could be written about the social and cultural phenomenon of European Beamterkultur and its relationships to high modernism.
we might see why there would be a natural antipathy between a hip, Postmodernist
like Frank and a high priest of modernist Beamterkultur like Rihm.
One might even say that in many respects there is a similar general
division between the art music cultures of