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Who Killed Classical Music?: Maestros, Managers, and Corporate Politics

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Offers a start-to-finish history of classical music, explaining how the twentieth century has reached a radical tranformation period in which orchestras have become out of reach to most people, left only to the elite who can afford their exorbitant ticket prices." Offers a start-to-finish history of classical music, explaining how the twentieth century has reached a radical tranformation period in which orchestras have become out of reach to most people, left only to the elite who can afford their exorbitant ticket prices."


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Offers a start-to-finish history of classical music, explaining how the twentieth century has reached a radical tranformation period in which orchestras have become out of reach to most people, left only to the elite who can afford their exorbitant ticket prices." Offers a start-to-finish history of classical music, explaining how the twentieth century has reached a radical tranformation period in which orchestras have become out of reach to most people, left only to the elite who can afford their exorbitant ticket prices."

30 review for Who Killed Classical Music?: Maestros, Managers, and Corporate Politics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hickey

    This is a sobering, sobering read for anybody labouring under idealistic notions of what life is like within the classical music business. It's hard to say you enjoyed something which so skillfully sums up everything that's bad with something you've held dear for so long, but to the extent that is possible, I can say that this was enjoyable. This book should be compulsory reading for any student contemplating tertiary studies in classical music or any well-meaning parent, relative or friend who i This is a sobering, sobering read for anybody labouring under idealistic notions of what life is like within the classical music business. It's hard to say you enjoyed something which so skillfully sums up everything that's bad with something you've held dear for so long, but to the extent that is possible, I can say that this was enjoyable. This book should be compulsory reading for any student contemplating tertiary studies in classical music or any well-meaning parent, relative or friend who is encouraging a young person near to them to pursue their 'dream' career. Lebrecht has written a suite of these kinds of books and I've read a few of them. I find them a bit like a car crash... you don't want to look, but you simply can't look away, there's something oddly compelling about the horror. If you're already a jaded cynic, read it and feel heartened by the fact that you're not the only one, but if you're naive and would prefer to stay that way, don't say you haven't been warned.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Vereen

    This book is about the decline of classical music in the 20th Century, thanks largely to skyrocketing costs. It says so much about the rather ugly business of music. It focuses on the the personalities of record producers, agents, and maestros who influenced the business. You'll learn about the record and CD business (but not so much about streaming music, since the book was published in the '90s). You'll learn why there were both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM formats. Surprisingly, you'll also learn a bit This book is about the decline of classical music in the 20th Century, thanks largely to skyrocketing costs. It says so much about the rather ugly business of music. It focuses on the the personalities of record producers, agents, and maestros who influenced the business. You'll learn about the record and CD business (but not so much about streaming music, since the book was published in the '90s). You'll learn why there were both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM formats. Surprisingly, you'll also learn a bit about professional tennis and other sports that have been turned into billion dollar businesses. All in all, it's depressing but exceedingly readable book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grettle

    Learning that life is the same everywhere, even in the noble arts. Money, politics, influence, sex. Interesting. Appears very well researched.

  4. 4 out of 5

    K.

    So depressing. This book will upset you but you need to know this information.

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