Since we are busy with some other threads on serious business (Cantatas and the "48" by Bach) and having read some intriguing articles in some French magazines, I thought to initiate some maybe short-lived threads on some challenging (and more theoretical) questions.
The first came after an interview of Gustavo Dudamel to Vincent Agreech for the Diapason, where, among others, the young conductor claims that "an Orchestra of young people can change their lives and those of their immediate ones". However, what is really interesting is the interviewer's perception from Dudamel's sayings, claiming that he is the conductor who "wants to change the world", who defends Music "as a human right" among other ways "through bringing the good musical language in the most disadvantaged places of the society".
While I have my serious doubts about Dudamel's efforts and, mostly, for his effectiveness to achieve any of his supposed great goals, I was intrigued by the idea whether Music (the good musical language) is a "human right" and, if so, how can one claim it, in case he/she is deprived of that? I know, from experience, huge areas in both the developed and, particularly, in the developing world, where Music is totally absent and nobody (or almost) cares and, unfortunately, nobody claims it, at least as a "right". Of course, then, we have had the efforts of Dudamel in Venezuela, but can all his endeavours justify the claim of the Music as a "human right"? Is Venezuela better off, in any way?
Any thoughts, views or what is your perception of claiming Music for ourselves and the society, our own and in general?