of my book is online today. Again it’s about classical music history, the part
they might not teach in music school. I’m trying to establish that classical
music wasn’t always classical. And in this episode, when I get to Baroque
opera, things get a little crazy.
The next episode goes online on Monday, June 12. That one
might be crazier still. Vivaldi went to extremes,
improvising as he led performances of his operas! Mozart’s singers improvised
part of the Don Giovanni finale!
Isn’t scholarship wonderful?
On June 26, I’ll post another episode, and then I’m going on
vacation. I’ll be out of the country for all of July, and not writing anything.
And for August, I trust I’ll be out of action, workwise,
except for composing. Probably I’ll look over everything I’ve written for the
book so far, and map out future episodes. But once June is over, I don’t expect
to post anything new until after Labor Day. That’s for the book. I expect to be
blogging in August, though not in July.
And there’s one more thing that’s important to say. Many of
in The New York Times on Sunday — it
was linked in ArtsJournal — by Allan
class=SpellE>Kozinn, called "Check the Numbers: Rumors of Classical
Music’s Demise Are Dead Wrong." Certainly many people have e-mailed me
about it. Allan, whom I’ve known for years and like a lot, really believes that
classical music has never been healthier. And he thinks he’s got statistical
support for that.
But what’s weird is that there really aren’t many statistics
in his piece, and most of the numbers Allan does use aren’t very relevant. He
cites ticket sales, for instance, in a few small w:st="on">New York
about the Metropolitan Opera? What about the w:st="on">New York
big world outside
What about long-term trends, easily documentable
statistically, that show declining ticket sales and an aging audience?
I’m have a detailed comment on this
here, later this week. The timing of the article is in one way very odd: In the
upcoming issue of Symphony magazine,
the publication of the American Symphony Orchestra League, there’s a long
position paper by the League’s incoming board chairman, which for the first
time says in public some of the things I’ve been hearing people in the
orchestra world say privately. Namely, that orchestras
face some serious problems, and these (with one small exception) go
unacknowledged in Allan’s essay.