Naming the tunes, tuning the names
BACH. HAYDN. MOZART. BEETHOVEN. SCHUBERT. CHOPIN. WAGNER. They look stately, there in the frieze of Harvard’s Paine Concert Hall - the names of the great composers, standing sentry above the stage, chastening newcomers, reminding all who pass below of timeless musical values. Composer names are encountered more often than one might think in music’s various public spaces around town. Is there any other art form that marks - consecrates? entombs? - its public spaces in this way?