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  • On An Overgrown Path: Rameau minus one elitist convention
    Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the root of all evil Are virtual concert halls the future of classical BBC Radio 3 lies damned lies and statistics Rameau takes a trip with Scott Ross Classical music takes the shape of the container t My world and my music are never one and the same Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Sochi Winter Olympic Rameau minus one elitist convention Let s refresh jaded ears with Classic Amnesia Be before all else a breathing animal January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February 24 January 26 2012 276 December 22 November 25 October 23 September 12 August 20 July 27 June 27 May 7 April 32 March 27 February 24 January 30 2011 299 December 22 November 21 October 42 September 12 August

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Let's refresh jaded ears with Classic Amnesia
    of performances and recordings another example the yet another Zarathustra from Los Angeles this month and the rest of their output only known to those who read BBC Music s reviews looking for something anything new but with familiarity 2 52 pm Nicolas Nebout said It is a serious problem nowadays and you idea is very interesting indeed I have started today a new cycle of playlists on Spotify for my website Classical Diary due to open in Spring celebrating composers birthdays every week A way to make people discover little known composers for example next week will be featured Albrechtsberger Alain Kilpinen Litolff Stenhammar or Gretry All of them all in one week And there will be a widget on the website so people can listen to playlists while browing https play spotify com user classical diary playlist 75W0lDIOhIk3OG7co1Whpa But I must say even if I try to discover new music all the time I was feeling so stupid by the number of composers in the very playlist I didn t know This is the duty of conductors soloists and administrators to introduce these conductors to the repertoire as well and this from their youngest age in schools and later conversatoires I remember a quote by composer Charles Villiers Stanford himself forgotten despite some beautiful pieces like the 4th Irish Rhapsody in his book Interludes The standard had a salutary effect but the result now is that the pieces of music are of necessity limited in number and the tendency of exminees is to devote all their energies to the small number of pieces named to the inevitable exclusion of a wide view of musical literature For example one movement of a Beethoven sonata will represent to the candidate s mind the whole varied range of his many sonatas will exclude all other movements cramp the style and import all the faults of a fixed limitation The musician will become a mechanician The mechanician will have no incentive to become a musician The very excellence of the music chosen should be in the end the undoing of all taste for that excellence Bach and Beethoven will become to the young and unthinking mind the musical equivalents of Czerny and bertini The born musician will through this the uncultured musician and he is largely in the majority never 6 54 pm Elaine Fine said Stanford probably had no way of knowing how good a composer Czerny actually was I have great respect for Stanford as a composer and as a teacher but his prediction doesn t really make sense to me He seems to be guilty with Czerny of what the attitudes he notices among students with Beethoven Technical facility develops at a semi constant rate while musical maturity develops in jumps and starts I don t believe that there are many accomplished musicians who function solely as technicians Their musical maturity might not be equal to their technique but I hardly believe that they don t desire to have

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Be before all else a breathing animal
    BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels Franz Brugen pierre hamon zig zag territoires No comments Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 Different musical forms but the same essential tru More maestros masterpieces and madness Late night thoughts on listening to news about Ven Classical music is not a safe suburban pastime Ruminating on success When you hear hoofbeats think beyond Gregorian cha Late night thought listening to Silvestrov s Fifth Music that makes no noise of intrusion Classical music is not dead it is suburbanized Does the Rite of Spring have its roots in Sufism Independent record label 1 Corporate record lab Topical thoughts on listening to Britten s Noye s Listener is performer and performer is listener Chocolate is the root of all evil Are virtual concert halls the future of classical BBC Radio 3 lies damned lies and statistics Rameau takes a trip with Scott Ross Classical music takes the shape of the container t My world and my music are never one and the same Gustavo Dudamel to perform at Sochi Winter Olympic Rameau minus one elitist convention Let s refresh jaded ears with Classic Amnesia Be before all else a breathing animal January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 September 8 August 35 July 24 June 24 May 8 April 31 March 8 February

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  • On An Overgrown Path: How the BBC is distorting the classical music market
    the BBC brand When did you last hear any classical music initiative promoted on the BBC that was not prefaced by the acronym BBC BBC Sport Prom Cbeebies Prom etc etc When did you last hear the BBC Radio 3 promoting the Theatre Royal s laudable initiative of bringing fully staged productions of Parsifal and Tannhäuser to Norwich The Proms are a wonderful institution and I have described here previously how they changed my life But the BBC has become a corporate steamroller that is flattening all non BBC branded classical music This power is grossly distorting the classical music market both in the UK and globally But don t take my word for it look at the facts Here from a 2011 post is what the BBC controls 1 The biggest classical music festival in the world 2 Five leading orchestras and a choir 3 A year round programme of live concerts and music events 4 Artist bookings and payments for all the above 5 A substantial collateral promotional support programme including extensive TV coverage and social media activity 6 An influential young artist development programme that also co produces commercial recordings 7 A media partnership with a prestiguous industry award scheme 8 The largest new music commissioning budget in the world which awards more than 350 000 to composers annually 9 Access to exclusive state of the art MP3 download and iPlayer stream on demand technologies 10 An online classical music presence that is part of a website ranked in the fifty most visited internet destinations worldwide 11 Commissioning contributions from influential journalists 12 Links to a co branded print magazine with a monthly readership of more than 200 000 13 A classical radio station described as the envy of the world with around 2 million national listeners plus global reach via the internet and satellite 14 A guaranteed annual classical music budget of 50 million The Norwich Theatre Royal s low budget and low profile promotion of the Freiburg Opera residency may indeed be woeful But the distortion of the classical music market caused by the hegemony of the BBC is infinitely more woeful If as Tony Hall claims the BBC really has a strong commitment to the arts it would use its immense power for the greater good of classical music instead of for the greater good of the BBC Our tickets for the Freiburg Opera Parsifal at the Norwich Theatre Royal were purchased at the box office Another commendable classical music event that does not benefit from a 12 000 promotional budget is the performance by the William Byrd choir of Byrd s Mass for Five Voices in the Church of St Peter and St Paul Salle Norfolk on Saturday 26th July More on Gavin Turner s legendary William Byrd Choir in Masses of early music on iPods Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Why composer anniversaries do not win new audiences
    entertaining but you probably wouldn t want to write your Ph D dissertation based on the information provided by Trends and there is more background on Google Trends in my post Classical music what is hot and not If anyone has other hard data not opinions that disproves my thesis that composer anniversaries do not win new audiences please share it here Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Wednesday August 28 2013 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels bbc proms benjamin britten franz liszt Giuseppe Verdi Google Trends gustav mahler john cage richard wagner Witold Lutosławski 6 comments Halldor said Fascinating and very convincing Just out of curiosity re the big Wagner Verdi gap are the results much different if you use the term Giuseppe Verdi While it s almost certainly the case that Verdi routinely receives many many more operatic performances than Wagner or Britten I don t have statistics to hand but Traviata and Rigoletto are staples within the scope even of small scale pub opera acompanies whereas Wagner productions tend to be a once a season special event even in many major houses I ask simply because of the ubiquity of Verdi s name and image in the Italian speaking world A quick search on the recipe for Lasagne Verdi threw up 430 000 results and there are at least 15 Teatro Verdis in Italy 11 41 am Pliable said Halldor thanks for that No the results do not vary significantly using the search term Giuseppe Verdi there are approximately twenty searches for Verdi to everyone for Giuseppe Verdi I appreciate it that you took the post in the spirit in which it was intended Google Trends may be an imprecise tool but it is just about the only one we have to measure the effectiveness of the huge resources currently being put behind classical composer anniversaries 1 25 pm Marc van Bree said I got all excited and thought you d be correlating sales data with these search trends Definitely still a useful exercise but I m not sure if you can equate search queries with new audiences There might be a strong correlation though You might also correlate the number of performances with music by a certain composer doesn t Bachtrack have that data with the search queries and get a better picture http www google com trends correlate 5 08 pm Pliable said Marc thanks for that Finding an available objective measure that correlates strongly with new audiences is very difficult Which is why I have spent some time looking at Google Trends despite its falliblity Number of performances has little connection with new audiences in fact it is just another expression of the current obsession with anniversaries Sales data is not

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Why do we listen to classical music industry experts?
    is interesting that none of the self styled cultural commentators in the UK have commented on the continuing dismal performance of BBC Radio 3 dismal to listen to and dismal as measured by independent audience data It is also worth noting that the Royal Philharmonic Society has a very cosy relationship with BBC Radio 3 http www overgrownpath com 2013 04 what do music industry awards achieve html 5 49 pm Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to Post Comments Atom Chance headlines Loading Search On An Overgrown Path Loading Blog Archive 2016 19 February 5 January 14 2015 196 December 21 November 9 October 23 September 24 August 13 July 25 June 12 May 12 April 17 March 3 February 21 January 16 2014 211 December 13 November 23 October 13 September 19 August 17 July 10 June 21 May 27 April 15 March 2 February 23 January 28 2013 257 December 21 November 17 October 31 Classical music still has more money than sense Catalonia triumphant Jordi Savall s tribute to P Music s UN Messengers of Peace send mixed messages Classical music s popular and attractive new marke Rare Wagner is rescued from record company archive Virtual failure in commercial terms but who cares Why do we listen to classical music industry exper If BBC Radio 3 is broke why not fix it Places I d take Michael Finnissy to if he ever vis The young person s guide to homophobia Cautionary tale about cutting through classical mu The camera never lies What Pau Casals said about the classical music ind Remembering Pablo Casals Today people go to concert halls looking for answe In music there is an infinity of undecidables Seeking the music that is beyond immediate reach Who said that music programming

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  • On An Overgrown Path: The problem is obvious - there is too much classical music
    economics which states that when supply of a commodity outstrips demand the value both real and perceived falls Forget the conspiracy theories and forget the canard that growth is always good Indisputable data shows that audiences for classical music are shrinking yet equally indisputably the supply of music is increasing exponentially You do not have to be a so called industry expert to see that this is a disaster waiting to happen A combination of new digital distribution technologies and avaricious media corporations has produced a perfect storm in which an oversupply is driving down the value of classical music to an all time low Without value an art form has no future so when will the classical music industry wake up and start tackling the problem of oversupply And when will it finally confront the dead moose in the room the considerable overcapacity in both the recorded and live music supply chains Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review or critical analysis only and will be removed at the request of copyright owner s Posted by Pliable at Wednesday July 30 2014 Email This BlogThis Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest Labels andrew clements benjamin britten Freiburg Opera Norwich Theatre Royal richard wagner 3 comments Pliable said A comment on Thomas Gould s shared copy of this post reads Heard William Christie with Les Arts Florrisants at the Proms last night performing Rameau totally stunning but it has been demoted to a late night prom to make way for more mainstream programmes that will draw a crowd Hardly anyone there and it made me very sad despite the fact it had some of the richest artistic interpretation of any Prom So it is not just the Theatre Royal Norwich that is experiencing lamentable attendances for classical music events 1 34 pm Arts Marketeer said Really interesting article Poor marketing is a blanket criticism which is as naive as it is unfair taking no account of the wider picture which this article ably outlines but also the fact that many arts and music organisations are now seriously under funded and marketing spend often takes an unrealistic hit when budgets for major productions are set 10 13 pm Scott said Music demands more from a listener than simply the possession of a tape machine or a transistor radio It demands some preparation some effort a journey to a special place saving up for a ticket some homework on the programme perhaps some clarification of the ears and sharpening of the instincts I understand the point Britten is making but he sets up a false dichotomy between a live performance and a recorded performance I m sure that there are many who listen to a recorded performance in the way Britten decries but I m equally sure that there are many who are down toward the other end of the spectrum A relatively recent

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  • On An Overgrown Path: Audiences should be free to listen to what they want
    on Classic FM has prompted the BBC to differentiate Radio 3 from its commercial competitor by stressing that much of its output is live music which is why the word live appears so many times in every Radio 3 presentation announcement The BBC s emphasis on live music is a smart but misguided strategy based on its monopoly of live music resources in the UK and a guaranteed funding stream that is beyond the wildest dreams of its commercial rival There can be no doubt that Classic FM s decision to partner with Universal Music UK recorded classical music market share 56 in the promotion of a major live concert series is in turn a reaction to Radio 3 s live music positioning if there is any doubt that this is another reactive strategy just compare the two screen grabs accompanying this post There are undoubtedly fine musicians appearing at the Bristol Proms and there is much to admire in the concert series But the emerging agenda should concern everyone in classical music Let s be quite clear music is not at the centre of the agenda for either Universal Music or Classic FM At the centre of the agenda of both organisations is grabbing market share irrespective of the long term impact on classical music The future of classical music is increasingly being determined by commercially motivated alliances between monopolistic media corporations and Universal Music and Classic FM are certainly not the only culprits Attention has already been drawn here to the close links between the BBC and artist management agencies and almost every BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert uses members of the BBC new generation artist scheme an opaque arrangement that mixes broadcast and concert opportunities artist development and commercial recording contracts nine co produced CDs in the now defunct EMI Debut series The Bristol Proms may be revolutionary But they are also a new major concert series that is controlled by a predatory alliance between a major broadcaster Classic FM and a mega corporation Universal Music via its subsidiary U Live and this alliance has controlling interests that range from music publishing through concert promotion to recorded and broadcast media The Telegraph recently gave the artistic director of the Bristol Proms Tom Morris a platform to make the the admirable plea that Classical music audiences should be free to behave how they wish I will go further and say that classical music audiences should also be free to listen to what they want and not be told what they can hear by the self interested and all too often erroneous strategies of media corporations When Radio 3 offered a wide and eclectic choice of music as BBC Radio 6 now does it thrived Today it is no more than a sad reminder of what happens when you tell audiences what they should be listening to Also on Facebook and Twitter Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as fair use for the purpose of study review

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