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Offbeat Oxford: Is classical music colonialistic? University wants to restrict Mozart and Beethoven

17:10  30 march  2021
17:10  30 march  2021 Source:   stern.de

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With this announcement, Oxford University has taken care of vertebraes: you want to restrict the classic repertoire. In addition to composers like Mozart and Beethoven, other music forms should be treated more in the future.

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The justification: Notation based on Western art music is branded by some professors as "colonialist". The change should mainly concern basic studies. Apparently, the college had been quite loud, which saw in the curriculum "Complicant with white supremacy" (White Supremacy).

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The daily newspaper quotes the criticism of professors that treated in Oxford treated repertoire would treat too many works "white European composers from the era of slavery". This refers to the well-known classics like Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven. In the United Kingdom, slavery was abolished in 1807, in the US only 1865.

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in documents from the Faculty of the Faculty, which the Sunday newspaper is to have been designated notation as a "colonialist oppression system". If you continue to compose music teaching "your connection to the colonialistic past did not happen," that would be a "blow in the face" for some students. In the future, more emphasis should be placed on other music forms such as hiphop, jazz and "non-eurocentric topics".

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fears, classical music can disappear completely from the curricula, a spokesman for Oxford University issued a clear cancellation of the Oxford University radio station "Classic.fm": you will continue to teach critical analysis and history in Western art music and do not reduce the offer . At the same time, the Universität though traversing ways to offer the students greater range of non-western cultures and popular music from all over the world than has happened so far.

The new plans do not encounter undivided consent within the faculty. Western art music and notation have their roots in the liturgical music of the Middle Ages such as the Gregorian songs - and thus stepped up in terms of time than slavery.

Source: "The Sunday Telegraph" , "Classic.fm"

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