At long last, here’s the latest riff from my book. Or, rather, the first part of it. It’s long, so I’ve divided it into two parts. I’ll post the second part here in a week. But if anyone wants to read it now, it’s here. And the complete riff, both parts combined is here.
These new riffs cover chapter three of my book. See the outline (revised, by the way), to see where it fits. It’s about the gap – the abyss – between classical music and the rest of our culture. And how that’s the reason for the aging audience, and declining funding and ticket sales.
I think it’s full of good stuff. But it took too long to write. And then the first people I sent it to – my closest advisors on this book – found some problems with it, and so I revised. The revisions made the riff (and ultimately the book chapter that will come from it) stronger, but I’ve learned a lesson. These riffs are too long. The time I spent with this one could have been better spent writing the book itself.
So future riffs will be shorter, and more frequent. I’m already working on the one for chapter four. Which will be about the definition of classical music. Not a trivial question at all, as you’ll see when I quote some standard dictionary definitions, suffused with assumptions about classical music’s superiority. I’ve come up with a value-free definition, which will show what makes classical music unique — and why it’s valuable, why we don’t want to lose it — without insulting any other strand in the great worldwide musical tapestry.
Comments on the latest riff are always welcome. More than welcome. I learn a lot from them. And for links to everything I’ve posted from the book so far — along with links to previous versions of the book — go here.