Being the contrarian that you know I am (I am in overall agreement
with many of your points), I would note that popular, Democratic culture
is not anti-elitist per se.
Look at how we worship great athletes, for example.
Rather, it is resistant to things that are not quickly and easily
This means fine art has a choice: it can be obscure, or it can be
to think being obscure had to be part of the package in order for
art to have depth and significance.
But now -- perhaps because in many ways I am unsophisticated in my
tastes -- I don't think so.
No, I think there are wonderful things a composer can do even (for
example) with a family-kids type movie, and that people will appreciate
Why do I think this?
Because art deals with universals that have an impact on everyone
at least within this Western culture of ours. People fall in love,
they hate, they win, they lose, they enjoy nature, etc. All of this
is material for the artist to base his work on and have that work
be accessible to