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The crisis of the classical music?
Is there a crisis? Most people affirm it. Is it about creativity, business, audience, artists, presenters, media or all? Read some search results on the topic...
I believe there is a profound change in the field of (classical) music as in everything else, is this a crisis may be yes, anyhow we need to face it. To face it, we need to understand it... What it is about?
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The well-known system of artist managers, record companies, distribution companies etc.. is not working anymore. Those are dying species they still do operate under some circumstances but there can not be anything new in that track...
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The old system worked fine and built some fantastic careers. Arthur Rubinstein, Claudio Arrau are among those. Why this system is not working anymore?
The artists managers of the time (fifties-sixties) were discerning music enthusiasts. They were able to distinguish "true" talent from fake show. But also, they were taking their business with long term views on mind. Most of the "legend" pianists remained with the same impresario all through their lives. The relationships were profound, deep and fruitful. The presenters truly built careers with their artists. Click here to connect with me for discussing that on my personal Facebook space, or here to visit my Fan page...
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"Why waiting some 10-20 years for an artist to turn rentable. We can swap artists every 2 years or so and always pick ones that are already profitable." Clever thinking Bob! So was the monkey cutting off the branch on which he was seated...
Times are tough and I can not blame anyone. But the short term profit plan is not for building a music career. Of course the obvious answer is "who is caring about building a music career". Then there is nothing more to discuss about.

Every artist has his jump event i.e. a competition win or a brilliant debut. It is really clever to pick one at that stage, work on him for a couple of years, when the graph is at top, then normally the level of popularity will fall (but it will start to raise very slowly for the rest of the artist's life). That's the harsh time. If you drop the artist then and pick another one at his top the business will be really profitable or at least viable. But there will be no career built.

We now witness this behavior in the main stream events. I can almost predict. A very nice looking girl alternates with a nice boy, both in their twenties, this pattern also alternates for piano and violin.

Fortunately the artists who really interest me are not in that stream. They are artists who have a message to spread and a vision to share.

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New perspectives
Internet made everyone "equal". One doesn't have to be in the main stream. One can make the music one wants to make and distribute it all over the planet. The "old-system" can still hit and bite you, just be careful, like a dying shark, unexpectedly... but that will not stay very long anyway.
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Some interesting search results:

Bands, on the Run -- Opus Osm: Czech classical music, opera and ballet

But the economic crisis was hitting musical life very hard. Concert attendance was decreasing rapidly. Some newly-founded orchestras had already disbanded. Starting a new orchestra must have seemed a very bold move.

Classical music - Classical & Opera - Time Out New York

Inevitably, economic downturns affect audience size negatively. I think we will see fewer people attending performances over the next year or so, but we have to understand this not as a threat but a challenge. Yes, it's difficult economically, but at least for us, our tickets have always been inexpensive by market standards, and we intend to maintain that policy, which I think helps us in times of economic downturn.

I fear that the economic picture, at best, is going to be a difficult one for some time to come. The combination of the economy and the ease of copying musical performace will make it an especially difficult time for the performing arts and for performing artists.

Top 10 Worst Financial Crisis in U.S. History

This Panic was the worst economic crisis in American history to that point (and you’ve seen all the previous Panics listed already, so this is really saying something). Some argue that this was just a continuation of the Panic of 1873 (with the era being known as the “Long Depression”). However you look at it, there is no question that the 1880s had been a period of significant economic expansion, but it was driven heavily by speculative investment in railroads. In a nutshell, an ever-growing credit shortage created panic, which resulted in a depression. The result? 15,000 businesses, 600 banks, and 74 railroads failed. In addition, there were incredibly high levels of unemployment.

How the Recession is Impacting Music, Too | Fast Company

"As it has everywhere else these days, the economic crisis has hit classical music, a particularly fragile corner of the nonprofit world that depends as much on donations as on ticket sales. Most managers are only in the fretting stage, but the plunge in stock prices, the credit squeeze and feelings of diminished wealth among donors and ticket buyers have begun to have concrete effects in a few places," Wakin wrote.

Players Association of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Kaiser said he was less concerned about the economic crisis than about the reaction to it by arts organizations. And he cited two main problems: Costs always go up but productivity always stays steady, and once a theater or gallery is built, ticket income potential is set since the number of seats is fixed. These realities mean that the gap between costs and earned income is ever growing.

Classical music - Classical & Opera - Time Out New York

Since St. Luke's was formed in 1974, we've weathered three economic downturns, and throughout that whole period, we've continued to grow. Right now, it's too early to know the full magnitude of this crisis. St. Luke's is more stable financially than it's ever been; that's a big plus. But if this crisis evolves badly, and we end up in a long economic decline, it's going to be terribly difficult, perhaps more challenging than anything we've had to face up to this point.

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C. Debussy Etude pour les Quartes. A short analysis
I recently published a paper on the Debussy Study for the Fourths you can read it (pdf) here...
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I recently published a paper on the Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz you can read it (pdf) here...
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Mehmet Okonsar is a pianist-composer-conductor and musicologist. Besides his international concert carrier he is a prolific writer.  He is the founder of the first classical music-musicology dedicated blog site: "inventor-musicae" as well as the first classical-music video portal : http://www.classicalvideos.net. Mehmet Okonsar's official site: http://www.okonsar.com
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