Introducing part one of our new debate series: How can we, as composers, make the world a better place?
Sarah: Since I wrote about Nicholas D. Kristof in my introduction post, let's start out with politics. Can we write political music that might actually make a difference, and if so, how? Considering most music is fairly abstract, without a text or some other representational indicator, I find it difficult to label a piece as advocating for something or promoting a cause. Personally, I've never really tried to write anything overtly political, although I did once write a feminist piece- but it had a text. Natalie, what do you think?