Why Classical Music Is Imperiled—sort Of

Pianist Christopher ORiley plays classical music concerts and packs venues with solo arrangements of Radiohead songs. Kimball Gallagher, a self-described world-traveling pianist and entrepreneur, is performing in private homes and such concert halls as the Kennedy Center. The legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma adroitly works in a number of musical genres. The musician David Cutler captures the entrepreneurial ethos of music experimentation when he describes himself as balancing a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant and speaker. Artists are not only embracing digital music stores, streaming services, and webcasting stations to reach wider audiences, theyre using all social media tools to connect directly with fans. Artists such as classical musicians, writers, documentary producers, painters, and dancers are at the forefront of a major shift in the economy. Plenty of creativity and skill flourishes from multimedia hot spots from Austin, Tex., to New York.
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Classical Music 101: Epilogue

6:57AM GMT 04 Dec 2013 Comments SIR Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queens Music, observes that thousands of youngsters have never heard of Beethoven or Mozart (report, November 25), meaning that centuries of great works could be lost to future generations. Every year I run a course in Venice, which in part exposes gap-year students to the joys of classical music. When they are captured in a room for an hour, smartphones off, the emotional power of music takes over, from sonorous Gregorian chants to the towering final moments of Gotterdammerung or the layers of social comment, passion, wit and style of The Marriage of Figaro. As Clemency Burton-Hill, the new presenter of Radio 3s breakfast show, says, classical music is a great big sonic party to which everyone should be invited. John Hall
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The emotional power of great classical music

Imagine if we only could experience Aida as a film from the original production in Cairo and you will understand what I am saying. Dramatic film scoring is a direct outgrowth of the orchestral music composed for plays in Europe. That is what Beethoven was doing with Egmont. That is what Mendelssohn was doing with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That is what Schubert was doing with Rosemunde. Haydn’s Symphony No.
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