Orchestras close as the economy collapses
Posted 14 May 2003 - 04:11 PM
From the article:
"Critics of orchestra management are not so sure. They suggest that if a city cannot come up with the money to support a symphony orchestra, perhaps it does not need one."
(emphasis added by EW)
"Some cultural figures say it is hard to sell classical music in places where much of the population has no direct connection to the northern European cultures that produced most of it."
Posted 14 May 2003 - 06:00 PM
Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:32 AM
Err... I wonder where the definition of "northern" starts for that journalist- doesn't Italy have quite a decent record of classical music composers, for example? :confused:
Posted 15 May 2003 - 04:51 AM
I think, in some American circles, this is a common perception -- the same arguments are used against ballet, sometimes.
Posted 15 May 2003 - 02:01 PM
He could have simply written "European" and been more correct.
Of course he also could have written "Vienna/Berlin/Darmstadt" and been pretty close. While it leaves out most serious composers, it does include many who Americans think of as "Classical" and several who actually are: Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann (Robert and Clara), Mendelsshon, Schoenberg, Berg, Hindemith, Haydn, Webern, several Strausses and a bunch of Bachs.
Posted 16 May 2003 - 05:42 PM
Music has moved from live to recorded format. Pop music survives by changing all the time --- often simply for the sake of change. But when you can buy a great recording of just about any serious musical masterwork for $15 (or often less), that puts a dent in the live performance market.
I think it would be a stretch to say we've distanced ourselves from European culture. We're actually very much like Europe. And I wouldn't be surprised if European orchestras are grappling with the same long-term issues --- after all, the Continent is not insulated from pop culture either.
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