Is Michael Chabon a vocal proponent of early music in American public schools? Or is he merely a nescient novelist?
Our children need training and encouragement and support—they need rehearsal space and tempera paint and bass violins.
"Postamble" to the Obama campaign's arts platform. Emphasis added.
On Remixing Obama: This sort of personal emendation seems to fit in nicely with change.gov's new copyright policy
The term bass violin refers to what is literally a large violin, not a cello or double bass (or contrabass, if you like). A bass violin is an "early music" instrument like a violone.
Chabon would likely have Obama convert innocuous elementary school orchestras into elite period instrument ensembles replete with gambas, recorders (non-plastic, one would assume), theorbos and sackbuts.
The breathy offerings of school choirs would transmogrify into straight-tone prepubescent polyphony.
Now that's the kind of wealth I like to spread.
On classical music and instrument terminology: Prepared piano is really a "modded" piano.
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