Classical Music in a Changing Culture

Classical Music in a Changing Culture

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Founded in 1935, The American Record Guide is America's oldest classical music review magazine. In 1987, when Donald Vroon assumed its editorship, he took on the Herculean task of writing editorials on a vast array of subjects, amassing a wealth of commentary and criticism on not only the foibles and failings, but glimmers of light in American culture. A staunch defender of the highbrow pleasures of good music composed, played, and heard with intelligence, Vroon takes no prisoners in assessing the challenges and failures and possible successes that confront Americaa€™s future as a nation of music listeners. In Classical Music in a Changing Culture: Essays from The American Record Guide, Vroon delves into a variety of topics: orchestra finances, contemporary music, classical music marketing, attracting young crowds, musical aesthetics, the future of classical music, the sale and distribution of music in the modern era; the decline of American culture and its causes; the role of misguided ideologies that affect American music, from political correctness to multiculturalism to period performance practice, and the true richness of our music and its subculture. As Vroon argues, since all criticism is cultural criticism, music criticism in the broadest sensea€”from its composition to its distribution to its receptiona€”is a window onto broader culture issues. Classical Music in a Changing Culture should appeal to anyone serious about classical music and worried about its increasing marginalization in our contemporary culture. These essays are not written for specialists but for thinking readers who love music and care about its place in our lives.Essays from The American Record Guide Donald Vroon ... My brothera#39;s kids love to sit at the computer a€œinstant messaging. ... Email has all the disadvantages of written notes without many of the advantages. And record stores brought people together, while shopping on the Internet cannot possibly. We need human contact!

Title:Classical Music in a Changing Culture
Author:Donald Vroon
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2014-07-02


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