I had a friend who, perhaps even seriously, once asserted that music has been in decline since 1733. That would be the year that François Couperin "le grand" passed away.
Well, ok. But wait, what about J. S. Bach who died in 1750?
That was certainly a peak, but weren't there one or two other peaks even after 1750? What about Mozart who died in 1791?
Or, of course, Beethoven, who died in 1827:
Someone might even chip in by mentioning Chopin, who died in 1849:
But I think that's going a bit far. On the other hand, skipping over a lot of pointless romantic melancholy, we still have Debussy, who died in 1918:
But then I slap myself in the forehead: we are completely forgetting about Shostakovich, who died in 1975:
So maybe music is not in decline after all? But then I see something on the Internet, described in this way:
Desirae Garcia ... has one of the most stunning voices in music. The amount of soul contained in each syllable she articulates has a shocking impact on the first-time listener. The passion that she feels for the art she creates is evident in the lyrics she composes. She has a knack for writing material that contains a vulnerability directly contrasted by the strength of her vocal power. Her singing has a command over the songs that she writes and one can tell that she has experienced each theme she displays to her audience. She highlights each scar as if it were a mark of admiration, rather than something to be ashamed of. This is her most appealing characteristic: she has the skill to transform any subject into beautiful pieces of artwork. And in that lies redemption.Sounds pretty good, huh? But here is the artist in question:
Stunning? I don't think I have heard anything quite that lame since Ethan Hawke's rendition of "Aura Lee".
Ok, so I think we see some sort of decline here, and we have narrowed it down to sometime between 1733 and 1975, right?