My weblog neighbor, Greg Sandow, has been attempting a bold experiment in publishing — ”performing” a book on-line, posting chapters as he writes them for feedback from the world. When he’s done, he’ll publish it the old-fashioned way.
After some months of wonderful prose and intriguing comments on the future of classical music, Greg has now begun again, starting back at chapter one with a new focus and new approach. He’ll be diving into these tiny questions as his writing progresses:
Is the classical music audience getting older? Will it die off, and not be replaced? Can we find a younger audience? And why, exactly, should we be having a classical music crisis? Has our culture degenerated? Is it now too shallow — too noisy and dumb, too frenetic, too careless — to support cultivated musical art? Or has classical music just fallen behind the rest of the world, and gotten out of date?
If you missed the first go-around, here’s your second chance to witness and participate in a book under construction.