(This is the English translation of a 6 part lecture that I gave in Mainz about the possibilities of what I call „atopical“ music)
And here we have it – a chapter in Borstlap’s book with which I cannot disagree on the whole. Probably because he talks only very little about music here.
Instead this is a mostly “kulturphilosophisches” essay, in fact the most “heavy” and difficult to read chapter so far, as it is about the underlying principles of European culture and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Superficially this can be read as a traditionalist’s point of view and critique of the current state of affairs. But actually many of his opinions here are very level-headed, yes, dare I say “modern”, and I cannot help but agree with them on a very fundamental level.