I understand the problem, of course. The limitation to "dancing about architecture" is the paucity of our dance vocabulary. On the other hand +gesture+ we speak and write well about complicated subjects. I like world music, Afro-Celtic, that sort of expression, even as my favorites are all in the Western Classical tradition. That is a worldwide performance, bringining to it musicians from Asia, even though (as far as I know) few westerners have excelled - or bothered to excel - at Chinese music, for instance. African music seems a little easier to absorb and to be assimilated into. I have two recordings of ancient Greek music. It is horrible stuff, very crude, not sonorous, and lacking even ABBA sonata form, just linear. During the European Middle Ages, a time denigrated by Objectivists, not only were new forms invented, but also new instruments on which to play them.
I agree that music has no future "the". We need the archaic plural: "these futures of musics."
Here is a bad example of Western music gone global. Jung Lin plays every note perfectly, as written.
But her dragon mother beat the sponteneity out of her and she never danced for feeling, so she cannot play Liszt with feeling because it was based on dance.
This performance of the Monti Csardas is a modern re-creation of the traditional form, something done standing, but intended to be done laying down.
So, in this Liszt H Rh 2 Valetina Lisitsa interprets more than a little... but I Liszt did also. Showmanship is also part of musicianship or no one would ever leave the recording studio. (Although, that, too might have been a blessing to Chopin, who hated big audiences.)
I also agree that Jacobs hit the nail on the head with the guardians who preserve traditions. Necessary as they are to traditional guardianship when we apply the wrong syndrome, we get bad results. I mean I like Lanza, too; I grew up with his Student Prince and Vagabond King, but I don't sacrifice goats to his image. Lots of people have pipes.
Jan Peerce sings "Granada"
Here's a duet, Sting and Cheb Mami, "Desert Rose"
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 10/12, 12:53pm)