Dear Italian Cultural Minister

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APRIL 6-10, 2009
DEAR CULTURAL MINISTER SANDRO BONDI,

Please check
🙂 From Barenboim and La Scala
🙂 Criticism with/without Better Ideas
🙂 Claudio Abbado in Milan
🙂 Riccardo Muti in Milan

🙂 From Criticism with/without Better Ideas
🙂 Criticism with Ideas
🙂 Criticism Only

JIWON:
Sigh… how many collections did I have to make just to understand this simple but weird article? Just… I wanted to know what it meant before finishing my writing to the German Government. What a hard work it is.

Le verità di Muti Mar 16, 2009 / By Il Tempo, Lorenzo Tozzi
[Il Tempo] – Ma i politici si vedono poco a teatro…
[Riccardo Muti] – «Bondi è venuto una sola volta alla Scala, ma Napolitano è molto presente. Quello che conta però non è che vengano, ma che facciano qualcosa di concreto per lo stato della cultura nel Paese. Bisogna aiutare le scuole e dotarle di sussidi e mezzi».

Un Caffè Con… Mario Schiralli Apr 3, 2009 / By TraniWeb
(…) Bondi, un ex comunista. (…)

Basically, I wanted to make ONE message AFTER finishing my writing to the German Government. In this situation, however, I need to go to Egypt first, then this report should be done in order to prepare my message to Egyptian Music Critic, who accused Barenboim for cultural normalization activity.

🙂 From Riccardo Muti in Milan
Le verità di Muti Mar 16, 2009 / By Il Tempo, Lorenzo Tozzi
[Riccardo Muti] La politica culturale fa acqua in Italia.
«Ho visto Il Festival di San Remo: due orchestre, una classica ed una moderna, suonavano insieme Mozart. Speravo in una reazione degli uomini di cultura. Ci vuole una vita a capire Mozart e alla fine capisci solo un decimo. Quell’operazione non dimostra che i due mondi vadano insieme: è solo ignoranza. Sembra uno scherzo, ma è una cosa grave. Per le canzonette occorre l’ascolto di un certo tipo, ma per Gluck o Mozart occorre un ascolto che impegna l’intelligenza. Stiamo scivolando verso forme di qualunquismo e decadimento. Non bisogna far finta che la cultura sia un peso. Dobbiamo voltare pagina anche con i Teatri, ad esempio con la defiscalizzazione dei contributi finanziari alle istituzioni culturali. Tempo fa feci un appello che Bondi raccolse in relazione alle bande musicali che stavano morendo. In America ci sono 900 orchestre e in una città come Seul ben 18 seppur di diverso livello».

Though it is very true that ‘Ci vuole una vita a capire Mozart’, I can NEVER agree with this Italian opnion: “Dobbiamo voltare pagina anche con i Teatri, ad esempio con la defiscalizzazione dei contributi finanziari alle istituzioni culturali. In America ci sono 900 orchestre e in una città come Seul ben 18 seppur di diverso livello.”

May I write couple of FACTS?

1. Both American and Korean government are NOT bound to (financially) take care of cultural institutions. Nor the politicians know anything about classical music. They don’t care who conducts the BPO or the VPO during its visit to their VIP invitation tickets. Why do you think Zubin Mehta is so sure of his Korean fame during his annual visit with the VPO?

2. 900 orchestras in America? I know he is not lying. But… how much all those companies pay the members every month? Muti himself said… ‘Certo, quando leggo che la gloriosa orchestra di Filadelfia rischia di chiudere, mi preoccupo.’ In America, 900 orchestras are possible because of young professionals, who graduate from the music school every year. It takes several years for them to give up their career and you know why. Then, those same 900 orchestras are filled with newbies again. Who is talking about ‘Generazione 1000 euro’ in Italy? For those American PRO musicians, this is La Vie En Rose. (That was the exact reason why my life had to be more than miserable in America, where all those poor musicians wanted to say HELLO to my Chicago boss. SIC!) In America, music schools are possible because they are selling academic degrees to foreign students. (This is in fact how some European music schools have been operating and that was the main reason why Barenboim’s Divan-project got stank. One day during my American residency, Mehta’s musician mocked my unyielding will to study Orchestra-Sound and said that Professor-Sound is more important for the music student to survive in America.) Now that Asian music societies start running their company all by themselves, what will happen to the American music schools and their 900 orchestras? Already now, how much those 900 orchestras’ concert tickets cost? Take the German example, please. It was already 25 years ago that I heard that the German concert halls or churches are filled with the aged only.

3. In Korea… (basically, I wanted to mention Japan, which music society is frequently considered to be a heaven of classical music. But I need updated information before writing my opinion, even though I don’t think their practical life as a orchestra member is different from those days. Even the Chinese case is very interesting.)… In this very Asian country, how many musicians can support their family with what their job pay their professionalism? Should I write more? Newspaper told me that there is a Korean-born adverb related to the classical music: “One can gamble away one’s fortune in one day, but if you want to gradually run through all your fortune, send your kids to the music/arts school.”

4. Still, nothing sounds wrong to me as long as my family never wants to spend a penny on the classical music society… until kids entered the elementary school. How come all the parents, including those who come across in the public street, draw a long sigh and denounce public education? They are so sick of all these and those corruption that they rather want to go back to the military government days. Music education is part of its corruption. Should I write more details? Since I’m very serious on this issue, I am thinking to vote for a specific politician, who has a definite ability to reform the education system. I will vote… for the first time in my life. I promise that I am not the only one.

5. Talk about Music only. When did I return to my birthplace? Musician ABC wanted to mock my open analysis and did all the possible ways to boast-or-protect their professionalism. They actually won… when Dorit Beinisch ran toward the Supreme Court President and made me give up this computer work. How can I forget those big smiles? Then suddenly, their serious faces tried to show that they’d been following my analysis since the moment I resumed this work. How they sound now? Meanwhile, musician XYZ made a deal with Waltraud Meier and how they sound now? Who knows? They even made a deal with Kremer’s second ex… according to the updated information by Beinisch’s Secret Society. All the while, FOLKS kept crying for my mercy or so-called-forgiveness and the media, especially the radio, never gave up airing those ‘unique’ music. Still OK with me, because I know how to turn off the radio. Then what about all those innocent listeners, who have been ‘brainwashed’? In sum, whenever I meet real talented kids, I strictly forbid them to enter the world of classical music at the early age, because I know what will happen to them when they accidentally fall in love with it.

6. Their miserable professional life is another issue. In these days, graduating music school means boasting IQ Zero with competitive mind only. Unlike the western music conservatories, they are required to learn nothing but techniques on the instruments… until they graduate (post)-university. Until the divorce from the music school… perhaps toward the age of 30, they are obliged to fill the concert hall or pay the concert tickets. What’s the difference between Shas’ religious educational system in Israel and this classical music education? Except one thing that the Jewish Haredim receive money from the state while studying GOD-only. Still, few of those musical(!) graduates can maintain their luxurious bourgeois lifestyle when they marry millionaire: Can’t make ends meet? Marry a millionaire, says Silvio Berlusconi (Mar 16, 2008).

Le verità di Muti Mar 16, 2009 / By Il Tempo, Lorenzo Tozzi
[Il Tempo] – Ma i politici si vedono poco a teatro…
[Riccardo Muti] – «Bondi è venuto una sola volta alla Scala, ma Napolitano è molto presente. Quello che conta però non è che vengano, ma che facciano qualcosa di concreto per lo stato della cultura nel Paese. Bisogna aiutare le scuole e dotarle di sussidi e mezzi».

Just in case… please let me know if Maestro Muti wants to criticizes poor Italian politician again… In this same article, there is one more interesting information… and it is about Wagner during his Milan era. Hum… *.*

🙂 From Claudio Abbado in Milan
Abbado torna alla Scala nel 2010: E Milano pianta per lui 90.000 alberi Apr 7, 2009 / By Quotidiano
Quanto al ritorno di Abbado alla Scala, per il sindaco di Milano è «una grande gioia, che tocca sia l’ambito della grande musica che la musica sociale»; ricordando l’esperienza del maestro con l’orchestra venezuelana ‘Simon Bolivar’, composta di ragazzi strappati alla strada, Letizia Moratti ha aggiunto che anche per Milano si stanno studiando «collaborazioni di questo tipo, con la musica che diventa riscatto sociale».

I am still wondering. Who is a political boss of Milan mayor? How come both of this musician and politician failed to pick up the most important information from my previous report while talking about their favorite issue?

🙂 From Music in Palestine: Daniel Barenboim, Tania Nasir and The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (also in Gaza…)
🙂 From JIWON: Dear Palestinians, (Concerning Barenboim’s Divan-Project)

VENEZUELAN ORCHESTRA SYSTEM Jan 27, 2006 / By Private Blogger
(…) The system doesn’t expect to graduate thousands of professional musicians. It only expects to make better citizens who happen to play in remarkably good orchestras. (…) Students not only become remarkable musicians, but also are offered a broader perspective of life and careers opportunities. (…) It is worth noting that FESNOJIV is part of the Ministry of Health and Social Development, which provides most of its working budget. (…) Concert tickets range from free to around US$ 4.50. I estimated the average age of the audience to be around 25, and ranging from 10 to 70. In fact, at FESNOJIV they are aware that the majority of their audience consists of people involved as students and musicians in the system. (…)

NATIONAL SYSTEM of CHILDREN and YOUTH ORCHESTRAs of VENEZUELA Mar 29, 2006 / By PRI’s The World
(…) Every Venezuelan government in the past 30 years has funded the program. This year its budget is 23-million dollars. (…)

Do Maestro Muti or Maestro Abbado follow music? Do Italian Politicians follow music? I only follow money. So-sorry.

Is Maestro Muti talking about NO Governmental Fund supported by countless music schools paired with bourgeois lifestyle? Is Maestro Abbado talking about National Budget of 23-million dollars a year?

Is Maestro Muti talking about MUSIC in Rome? Is Maestro Abbado talking about MUSIC in Milan?

Whatever… I wish all Italian Politicians, from Rome to Milan, GOOD LUCK!

I am just collecting WORDS and WORDS: Criticism with/without Better Ideas

Sincerely yours,
JIWON

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FEBRUARY 6, 2009
DEAR ITALIAN 81st PM BERLUSCONI and CM BONDI,

JIWON:
I tried to contact CM Bondi this time, but NO Web-mail was found.
Could you please check this link again? Please let me know if there should be more in my present writing to introduce PM’s political reform to the normal Italian public.

https://theartofcriticism.wordpress.com/italy/

Sorry for delaying my message. I need more time to finish ALL my writings. (Not only Italian but also both German and Spanish one. I need to finish them at the same time.) I watched docu-film about Italian cities and had to think and think. I am just surprised at what I saw. Is it really Italy? I’ve never seen more beautiful scene than this. But at the same time, I had to interpret the same Italy through the eyes of ‘Generazione 1000 euro’ and their prime or cultural minister. I don’t need to search for more information to write my final messages. I just need more time to organize all my thoughts, analysis and writings. I read recent articles about trashy happenings in Italian music society. And I can draw a clear picture about Italy few years later. I am not going to ask anything to Italian leaders. I just want to explain… so that the leaders can decide the best way for their people, who will still want to be proud of their Italian culture no matter what… no matter how much International pigs steal all Italian money from…

To be honest, I feel no need to check happenings at La Scala during its Tristan concerts. I promise. There will be Mehta’s Italian musicians sitting in the upper balcony and flowers and standing ovations for Waltraud Meier will appear from them. And this German whore will boast her big mouth again somewhere outside-Italy, about how much her Italian public adores Meier version of Wagner. I know… there will be no report on international media unless Meier’s Isolde is openly insulted by Italian public.

Sincerely yours,
JIWON

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