Your great, great, great, great grandchild is listening to what is then one of the most famous and revered musicians or bands from the 20th century. Who is playing on your grandchild’s future media-playing gizmo of choice?
My submission? PRINCE
His ability to compose great songs in a wide variety of musical genres, his personal virtuosity, and his flare for performance are my cites. Also, I like my geniuses to be eccentric. Prince has that covered as well
I like him, but Prince’s music is too dated already. I don’t think it even resonates with today’s kids. The Beatles are a safe bet, whether or not so-and-so who reads this thinks they’re overrated. They’ve already demonstrated that they can transcend generations.
It’s pretty much impossible not to image future music history without the Beatles. The more interesting question to me is who, besides the Beatles, as they’re a given as far as I’m concerned. And I really don’t know. I’d like to think Hendrix, Lou Reed/VU, Bowie, Prince, maybe Zep, Sabbath, the Stones (as far as rock music is concerned). Then with rap and electronica? That seems to be the more likely source for reverence one hundred years from now, because rock will totally be dead, if it isn’t already. Kraftwerk? (They weren’t that huge now, but in a music history sense then, then may well be.) Daft Punk? Jay-Z? Public Enemy? Sugarhill Gang? I don’t know.
One of the defining qualities of Mozart to me is that he was a prodigy.
Stevie Wonder was a prodigy and few would deny his talent, but can anyone think of somebody else who began VERY young and kept going strong into their 30s or after? (I can think of a few actors who made the jump, but not modern musicians.)
Few respondents if any to these threads have anything close to a truly informed, knowledgeable opinion about Mozart’s music and why it is considered great.
(By the way, Mozart’s greatness has nothing to do with his having being a child prodigy. There are lots of those, even today.)
Few respondents if any to these threads have anything close to a truly informed, knowledgeable opinion about the many stupendously talented living composers working today are who are still writing “art,” “concert,” “serious” music, as Mozart did. Yes, you can still make a living writing art, as opposed to commercial or popular, music.
Comparing an 18th century classical composer to a 20th or 21st century commercial pop artist is more egregiously illogical than comparing apples to oranges. Different milieu. Different sensibilities. Different experiences. Different purposes. Radically different.
You are basically saying that you have your criteria for what a Modern Mozart should be. Cool - make your case.
To me, Mozart was a guy who worked across genres, and who wrote across a variety of genres, showing a huge gift for melody along the way, and who is one of the first three names that comes to mind when folks think “Classical Composer.”
The Beatles feel like equivalent along those lines. YMM is welcome to V.
I’d bet on it being McCartney and his guys, maybe Lennon and the boys, over the Beatles per se. One of those two men will be remembered as an individual the way kings are remembered for building pyramids.