Hey, let me let you on in on a little secret. Do you have any idea how many classical musicians, who are in the NY Phil, or famous touring soloists, and at top conservatories cheat? It isn't because they lack honor or integrity, and it isn't as that moron whnay suggested, the new, lesser generation. It's people who are doing something at a very high level who simply don't have the time to deal with idiotic theory classes or whatever else. They've made a convenant to become excellent at something
, as hard as becoming an olympic athlete on both mind and body, with an industry for which the word cuthroat is utterly inadequate.
Crap. Look, if idiotic theory classes aren't really important, why take them? If meaningless classes are required at conservatory, why is that? If there's such universal acknowledgement that this is all some ridiculous sham to conform to a meaningless political game, why doesn't someone take responsibility for changing the system? But setting that aside, YOU choose to study a difficult instrument, YOU choose to go to a leading conservatory with XYZ academic requirements, YOU choose to enter the stressful, competitive field of classical orchestral music, YOU choose to apply for jobs in hyper-competitive, highly political markets. So how can you then complain about the requirements being unfair, as if they were some burden being unfairly imposed upon you? Would you argue that because the tax structure is all screwed up, it's reasonable to decide to simply pay whatever you would if the system worked the way it should? Of course not, though you have considerably less choice about the tax system than about your choice of career, so that argument just doesn't hold water. Besides, NO "idiotic" theory class can EVER stand in the way of ANYONE simply becoming an outstanding, world-class musician, if that is REALLY their goal. BUT
that annoying class CAN perhaps stand in the way of them becoming a famous, recognized, renowned and wealthy
world-class musician, can't it? That's the bottom line. Don't confuse greed, vanity and ego with the honorable pursuit of excellence.
A little aside for you Quirk. In these auditions you speak so highly of, women sometimes STILL make a point to wear heals and walk deliberately on the hard wood floor (where now they've put a carpet to the audition area) to show that they're women. If that didn't happen a lot in the 70s, the NY Phil's violin section wouldn't be mostly dominated by woman (and, the best talent available). Also, you have only to ask any person in the industry about how corrupt the audition process can be. Sorry to blow your magical little bubble. My colleagues will be touched, though.
I don't get your point about the NYPhil string section being dominated by women -- you seem to be saying that audition panels are/were biased in favor of women, but then you also seem to indicate that women happened to represent "the best talent available". I honestly just didn't follow your argument there. The rest of this paragraph is basically, "there's lots of corruption, so cheating is justified." Nonsense.
I don't claim to have a perfect ideology, but I just kind of leave it up to the examiners to catch cheaters, I don't police other people because I certainly don't mean to be policed.
I think part of the problem is that you and others here don't seem to have a consistent
ideology: "I personally wouldn't cheat, because it's wrong, but it's not wrong for others to do it because the system is screwed up; but even though you could say that technically, it really is wrong, others shouldn't be held accountable, because turning them in would hold them back from other accomplishments, and I wouldn't want anyone turning me in, even though I wouldn't cheat in the first place." Don't those kind of ethical gymnastics make your head hurt?
If you think is cheating is so morally reprehensible, then you might be surprised that many of those who you admire had to cut corners to do what they really love, and funny enough, the world is a better place for it. Justice doesn't always mean punishment...
I'm rarely surprised by moral or ethical failings, but I'm constantly surprised by the extent to which people will try to justify and rationalize them, rather than calling themselves on it. Particularly when the supposed 'greater good' being used to justify the cheating is, in actuality, so transparently self-interested. I get immense pleasure out of hearing Itzhak Perlman play, but if he were to try to (hypothetically) explain that he felt compelled to cheat his way through conservatory in order that his talent might become famous enough to somehow transform, in some small way, the occasional melancholia of people he'd never even met, I'd have to laugh in his face.