Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud
It's the new thing in classical music, in order to fight centuries of oppression.
Okay, Slate. Now do athletes and entertainers.
Maybe it would be simpler, and waste less ink, to simply truncate the male names. Leave off the Ludwig et al and simply call the guy Beethoven.
Lili Boulanger was the more excellent composer, but it is Nadia Boulanger that I most frequently see as just 'Boulanger'Some of the more aristocratic composers are going to require a rethink of the common page-layout for such programs, or else larger paper. I've already encountered this with one who has until recently not been well known in the USA, so we use "Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges" in preference to either 'Bologne' or merely 'Saint-Georges', as the goal is for the reader to know who it is we are talking about.
No James! Let's first-name them. Let's start with Ludwig!
Ah, let's just first-name them. Ludwig
Ah, so its Frank Zappa, to be correct then. Good to know. ;)
"as the goal is for the reader to know who it is we are talking about"--see, there's your mistake. The goal is not to clarify. It is to shame people for even indirectly expressing a preference for any with a traditional reputation, instead of taking every opportunity to support an artist for his political value, resolutely repressing any normative judgment of his art. Any missed opportunity to engage in this exercise is slacking, and slacking is silence, and silence is violence.
Except for Lebron, or Adele. Those are fine.
The artist formerly known as Mendelssohn.
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