Magazine November 29, 2021, Issue

Fight for Music

A scene from Puccini’s Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera (Evan Zimmerman / Met Opera)

Almost like a pandemic, “wokeness” has attacked academia and spilled out into the wider world: business, media, etc. Classical music is not immune. Every day, there is another horror story coming out of some university or presenting organization. Every day, alarm becomes more justified.

Last summer, Paul Harper-Scott decided to leave academia. He was a musicologist at Royal Holloway, University of London. In a statement, he wrote that wokeness had become “endemic.” (Pandemic, endemic. Many of us are thinking along those lines.) This involves “public humiliation, no-platforming, and attempts to have scholars fired.”

The Telegraph published an article about Harper-Scott’s case: “No

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