> Ideally, there are lots of things happening that it's impossible
> to write down. It's also perhaps not so deadly serious and
> self-reflexive as some post-industrial-revolution, Berlioz and
> onward stuff, not that that's not fun too. I tend to think that
> it's no coincidence that the "Early Music" movement has really
> taken wings along with the cultural revolutions of the past 40 or
> 50 years.
I myself find performing ensemble music without a conductor
tremendously much more satisfying than performing it with one. That
part of Early Muisc resonated well with the '60's 'do your own thing'
mindset. Also we all read 'Small is Beautiful', and went out and
built ourselves clavihcords. It is not the mindset that tends to
prevail at the most commercially successful levels, though.