Here’s a link to the latest from my book, Rebirth: The Future of Classical Music. It’s a riff on chapter four, in which I try to define classical music. (Check my outline of the book, to see where this fits.)
And why would I want to define classical music? Because existing definitions come with fascinating baggage. They define classical music almost exclusively in terms of the masterworks of the past, and also include value judgments, about classical music’s value, and even its superiority.
I think these notions get in the way. And here’s a paradox. Only if we define classical music in an objective and above all value-free way, can we find out what its value really is. Comments more than welcome, as ever.
Chapter four is the first chapter from the second section of the book, whose arc goes like this:
Chapter Four – what classical music really is
Chapter Five – why classical music isn’t better than other kinds of music
Chapter Six – a detailed look at what’s wrong with classical music, more detailed than anything in the book so far
Expect the chapter five riff sometime next week. It’s mostly written. As I promised, I’m speeding these up.
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