Detailinformationen

  • Oxford University Press, 10/2012
  • Einband: Kartoniert / Broschiert
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780199760282
  • Bestell-Nr.: 2874293
  • Umfang: 160 Seiten
  • Sonstiges: w. 10 halftones
  • Gewicht: 130 g
  • Maße: 175 x 111 mm
  • Stärke: 13 mm
  • Erscheinungstermin: 25.10.2012

  • Achtung: Artikel ist nicht in deutscher Sprache!

Kurzbeschreibung

The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction considers the structure, roots, and day-to-day functioning of the modern philharmonic society. Far from an anachronistic organization that cannot long survive, it is shown to be powerful political and social force, occupying critical positions in cultural diplomacy, national identity, and civic pride.

Beschreibung

In this Very Short Introduction, D. Kern Holoman considers the structure, roots, and day-to-day functioning of the modern philharmonic society. He explores topics ranging from the life of a musician in a modern orchestra, the recent wave of new hall construction from Berlin to Birmingham, threats of bankruptcies and strikes, and the eyebrow-raising salaries of conductors and general managers. At the heart of the book lies a troubling pair of questions: Can such a seemingly
anachronistic organization long survive? Does the symphony matter in contemporary culture? Holoman responds to both with a resounding yes. He shows that the orchestra remains a potent political and social force, a cultural diplomat par excellence. It has adapted well to the digital revolution, and it
continues to be seen as an essential element of civic pride. In a time of upheaval in how classical music is created, heard, distributed, and evaluated, the orchestra has managed to retain its historic role as a meeting place of intellectual currents, an ongoing forum for public enlightenment.
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Klappentext

Surveys the structure, roots and day-to-day functioning of the modern orchestra, disputing prevalent notions of its demise as a cultural force.

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