Life of a Musical Masterpiece in a Changing World
A sound ambience change caused by active urbanization leads to a fundamental transformation of musical art. Changes take place not only in musical material, but in the form of its existence as well. A classical heritage and a masterpiece ("treasure of art", "five star work", "numero uno", "chef-d'oeuvre") as its main representative suffer particularly noticeable transformation. The author discusses the tendency of a musical masterpiece to shift to the sphere of everyday life and to be included in other contexts of art perception; the traditional holistic perception as well as the so-called fragmentary, shallow, polluted perception. The article shows these new forms modeling in composers' work (from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to Cage and Stockhausen).