the "physical aspect" or the "problem of maternity" hardly impedes the careers of female pianists, violinists, or opera singers. What is the difference with conducting?But then he goes on to say that "the art of conducting is wrapped up in mythologies of male power." That is the sort of remark that sounds like unexamined propaganda and leads me instantly to ask, what mythologies of male power? Is it just waving that little baton? What is the evidence for these misty mythologies?
There is a new online journal of music criticism, Classical Voice North America, that is the Journal of the Music Critics Association of North America. Let's have a look at one of the items on the site. I know a bit about Beethoven symphonies and Tafelmusik, so I want to look at this item: "Tafelmusik Shows Virtues, Limits in Beethoven Concert". Tafelmusik, a leading ensemble in Toronto since their formation in 1979, has previously released a recording of the Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 of Beethoven in 2008. Regarding the present concert the critic Colin Eatock says:
This seems very balanced, doesn't it? Journalists love to strike a middle path, finding things to compliment and things to criticize as that usually means that no-one can get too mad at them. But I often have the feeling, reading most music criticism, that the writer is simply walking down the aisles grabbing two or three positive things to say and one or two negative things to say without basing them on too much.