Thursday, September 06, 2007

Arrivederci Luce

The Greatest cross-marketer in music died today. I'm not a big fan of opera, but it was hard to miss Luciano Pavarotti's impact on music, and appreciate his unmistakable, unmatchable voice.

He, like a few others with rock-solid classical music cred (Yo Yo Ma being another) were able to reach out and make music with popstars, in the dread popular music genre. What makes this tearing down of the classical snobbism so ironic was, of course, that classical music was in fact popular music for centuries; people rioted of the notion ot the Rites of Spring, and the latest Beethoven symphony.

R.I.P. Lucian Pavarotti

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