Classical Music In A Changing Culture: Essays From The American Record Guide by Donald VroonClassical Music In A Changing Culture: Essays From The American Record Guide by Donald Vroon

Classical Music In A Changing Culture: Essays From The American Record Guide

byDonald Vroon

Hardcover | July 2, 2014

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Founded in 1935, The American Record Guide is America's oldest classical music review magazine. In 1987, when Donald Vroon assumed its editorship, he took on the Herculean task of writing editorials on a vast array of subjects, amassing a wealth of commentary and criticism on not only the foibles and failings, but glimmers of light in American culture. A staunch defender of the highbrow pleasures of good music composed, played, and heard with intelligence, Vroon takes no prisoners in assessing the challenges and failures and possible successes that confront America's future as a nation of music listeners. In Classical Music in a Changing Culture: Essays from The American Record Guide, Vroon delves into a variety of topics: orchestra finances, contemporary music, classical music marketing, attracting young crowds, musical aesthetics, the future of classical music, the sale and distribution of music in the modern era; the decline of American culture and its causes; the role of misguided ideologies that affect American music, from political correctness to multiculturalism to period performance practice, and the true richness of our music and its subculture. As Vroon argues, since all criticism is cultural criticism, music criticism in the broadest sense-from its composition to its distribution to its reception-is a window onto broader culture issues.Classical Music in a Changing Culture should appeal to anyone serious about classical music and worried about its increasing marginalization in our contemporary culture. These essays are not written for specialists but for thinking readers who love music and care about its place in our lives.
Donald Vroon has served as editor of The American Record Guide since 1987, and he has authored many hundreds of essays and reviews that have been published in its pages. He has served as a judge for piano competitions and as a guest lecturer for orchestra executives.
Title:Classical Music In A Changing Culture: Essays From The American Record GuideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 9.2 × 6.44 × 0.88 inPublished:July 2, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442234547

ISBN - 13:9781442234543

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Table of Contents

IntroductionEssay 1: ElitismEssay 2: Education & Culture Essay 3: Don't Educate Us; Entertain UsEssay 4: FunEssay 5: Fads and TrendsEssay 6: The Romantic ArtEssay 7: Orchestra FinancesEssay 8: The New and NewsEssay 9: Contemporary MusicEssay 10: AirheadsEssay 11: Marketing and ImageEssay 12: Marketing IdiocyEssay 13: Marketing and Its DiscontentsEssay 14: Seeking Out the Best Things in LifeEssay 15: MulticulturalismEssay 16: Later: Black Musicians and MarketingEssay 17: Attracting a Young CrowdEssay 18: The Land of the ObviousEssay 19: On Spiritual MattersEssay 20:Attentiveness and JudgmentEssay 21: Attentiveness IIEssay 22: Absorption Essay 23: FeelingEssay 24: Does Quality Have a FutureEssay 25: Performance PracticeEssay 26: Aesthetics and CriticismEssay 27: PPP and True AuthenticityEssay 28: PPP IIEssay 29: Cultural SuicideEssay 30: Cultural Suicide 2Essay 31: The Golden AgeEssay 32: The Nostalgia TrapEssay 33: SurtitlesEssay 34: The Death of ServiceEssay 35: DistributionEssay 36: BrowsingEssay 37: Is the Internet the End of Records?

Editorial Reviews

I have read Donald Vroon's "Critical Convictions" with unflagging interest for the past twenty- five years. These bi-monthly essays are, by turns, brilliant, infuriating, informed, irreverent, and opinionated, but, above all. they are passionate and independent-minded. Vroon has the audacity to believe that culture matters. It matters enough for him to challenge conventional opinion and reject the lazy group-think that oppresses the contemporary arts. It is good to have the best of these bold and original pieces finally gathered together.