Here’s a question.
I’d love to hear from people who’ve made use of my work. People who, for instance, may have assigned or discussed it in courses they teach. Or cited it in discussions inside classical music organizations. Or else quoted it in things they’ve written.
ADDED LATER: And as I should have said — all responses are confidential, unless you tell me otherwise, or (of course) unless you post them publicly as comments.
I know these things have happened, because I’ve heard from people who’ve done them. Not too long ago, for instance, I talked to someone on the board of a classical music group, who’d quoted me often, he said, to other board members.
People may also have put some of my ideas into practice, or else done things suggested by my ideas.
I’m not asking for public credit. You can email me privately. Or comment on the blog, if you’d like. Whatever you feel most comfortable with.
What I’m after is some way to measure whatever influence I’ve had. This will be helpful, quite honestly, in promotion for my book, especially when I get to the stage of involving a print publisher.
I also have felt for a long time — and have sometimes said this here — that a movement is building, a movement for change in classical music, a movement I’m part of. So I’m trying to get some idea of how big that movement might be, and how it spreads.
My influence of course isn’t the only measure of that! Not nearly. One strength of the movement is that it has many independent centers.
But I think we’d also be stronger if we formed more definite ties, and without knowing, at this point, exactly what those ties would be, I might move closer to understanding that if I knew more about what my own role has been.
Finally, I’ve got the simplest of motivations. I’m just curious. I write these blog posts (and give talks, and do projects, and teach, and visit music schools for residencies, and go on the radio, as I’m about to do this morning for the BBC)…and then what? I know people pay attention, but I want to know more.
Thanks, everyone, for indulging me with this!