Making Milton Babbitt’s Legacy Less Fearsome

Source: The New York Times.

This year marks the centennial of Babbitt’s birth. It is an occasion that will be mostly overlooked in the classical music world, since this composer’s name continues to strike fear in the hearts of audiences. When he died in 2011 at 94, Babbitt was still better known for the divisive essay “Who Cares if You Listen?” than for his groundbreaking compositions.