Canceling Verdi

Should classical music be “decolonized”?

A new expression many have become very familiar with over the last few years is “cancel culture.” Important figures of history—Theodore Roosevelt, Queen Victoria and even Gandhi—have either had their statues pulled down or called to be pulled down. But there is one realm of Western historical heritage one would think would be safer. Western civilization’s fine-art tradition is beloved around the world. The so-called “classical music” has for hundreds of years enriched the lives of people from cultures around the world.

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