A phoney profession?

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“Under the influence of the conductor, orchestral playing has, in short, become an unmusical occupation. The disintegration of the permanent large symphony orchestra, which we are currently witnessing, is the latest sign of a crisis caused by one of the most powerful phoney professions in the musical world.”

Hans Keller, “Criticism” (1987)

Was he a prophet or just a pessimist?

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