Richard Taruskin, responding in The Musical Times to the book Arnold Schoenberg's journey by Allen Shawn (brother of Wallace Shawn), discusses the notion of impersonally pursuing the advancement of art, even if that sacrifices the audience. As a recent example, he mentions how Paul Griffiths writing in The New Yorker in 1993:
...sought to discredit a new work (Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Second Symphony) that had enjoyed audience acclaim by declaring that it did not 'add anything to the universe of musical possibility'.
Her Symphony No. 1 won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, the first such award to a woman.
Peter Bates reviews the Louisville Orchestra recording of the Second Symphony and says that it proves her first symphony was not a "fluke."