A State of Crisis?
- Nicholas Cook
‘A State of Crisis?’ questions the position of classical music in the twenty-first century. It argues that although it may be seen as a dying area in America, it is still thriving in Europe. The influence of modern technology and the immediate availability of music from all over the world are discussed along with the works of Harrison Birtwistle and Viennese composer Schoenberg. It is shown that the most telling contrast between today's musical world and the ways of thinking about it that we have inherited from the nineteeth century concerns high and low art. The music industry has also successfully repositioned classical music as a major niche product in contemporary consumer culture.