My book — Rebirth: The Future of Classical Music. For a while I unfolded it bit by bit online, posting drafts, or improvisations, or riffs on what the book might say. My idea was to promote the book, and to spread the ideas in it around. To get reactions to the ideas, and to how I put them. This was invaluable, but I was never quite happy with how the book unfurled. It seemed more like something improvised, than something planned, with structure and a goal.
So now I’m rewriting. Look for the first chapter soon. I’m hoping to help build a community for classical music change, and I hope the book can be part of that.
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The book so far::
Outline of the book. Brief but thorough. Newly revised, and subject to ongoing changes.
Riffs on the content:
Part I — The Crisis
A riff on chapter one.
“Rebirth and Resistance.” What the first chapter of the book is likely to say. Fairly long. Brings together, in revised form, the four riffs on chapter one that I put on my blog. (See below.)
Riff on chapter one — shorter.
For those who want a shorter read. Many details, subtleties missing. But also some small revisions, maybe making a few things clearer.
Riff on chapter two, “Dire Data,” in which I document the quantifiable part of the classical music crisis.
Riff on chapter three, “The Culture Ran Away From Us”:
Part 2: The Nature of Classical Music
(the second part of this riff is coming soon)
“World Gone Wrong”:Problems that classical music has, even if we take the classical music world on its own terms. (riff forthcoming)
I’m going to need much better chapter titles! The only one I love is the one for chapter six, taken from a Bob Dylan song.
For the old versions of the book — my two previous unfoldings of what I thought the book would be — go here. They’re thoroughly superseded now, but they’re lively, and full of good insights.