Rush Freaks Out Over Violin Concerto
[su_r_sky_ad]The rotund bloviator also reveals that he knows next to nothing about classical music or culture in his latest eruption:
Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio host with a weekly audience of 15 million, is not a name that generally crosses the cultural divide.
But a remark by John Adams, introducing his new violin concerto at Lincoln Center last week, has roused Rush supporters to spitting fury. A neo-con commentator Jay Nordlinger was in the hall for the concert and drew the absurd conclusion that Adams had likened Limbaugh to the Taliban. So Nordlinger psyched up The Mouth himself. …
Limbaugh has clearly never set foot in a classical concert if he imagines everyone is in black tie and a concerto is the same as a symphony. But leave that aside.
From this distance, it seems to us that these rightwing motormouths can dish it out to Obama and the Democrats, but they go running to Mummy at the slightest hint of a personal aspersion.
Let’s hear it for John Adams. He should get a radio show.
Adams’ new concerto, Scheherazade.2, was written for prominent violinist Leila Josefowicz, and as with much of his other music does not shy away from sociocultural commentary:
Adams described the piece as a response to the revulsion he felt about the treatment of women in One Thousand and One Nights, and in the contemporary world in general. Modeled somewhat after Belioz,Scheherazade.2 is his story story of a “beautiful, wise young woman” who triumphs over patriarchal persecution. It is a big, sprawling attempt to tell that story.