Yes, I promised a new book riff first by last Wednesday, then by today.
But it’s slow going. To plan and outline this book in a way that’s lively, thorough, and correct — that takes time. So I’m finding myself going offline, and doing what writers and artists always have done. Apply butt to seat, and work.
Time problems are a major thorn in my life. And not only my life, of course. I have more things to do than — short of working 24/7 — I have time for. So…triage. Lately this blog was triaged, and also the comments on it. I regret that, but I also don’t see an alternative.
But, for rebirth of classical music junkies — and really, for anyone who reads me here — I can offer my Juilliard course, “Classical Music in an Age of Pop,” which I teach every spring. Click the link to read the syllabus, and see the reading and listening I’ve assigned. You yourself can do all this reading and listening, if you’re interested, because all the assignments are online, and the syllabus links to them.
I change the course, to some degree, each year. One thing I’ve done this year that I especially like is prepare some readings on the nature and value of classical music. Ranging from dictionary definitions to things my students have said, and also passages from books defending classical music by Julian Johnson and Lawrence Kramer, and from books by Christopher Small, who’d count as a radical critic of the classical music world.
Comments on this are welcome. As well as suggestions for further readings I might include.