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    The effect of modern technology on the audience for classical music.

    Is it good or bad?

    Probably a bit of both, depending on how you look at it.

    For me, there's never been a better time to learn about music. There are examples on YouTube of any composer you feel curious about.

    I think the availability of western classical music has also brought it a new global audience.
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    But what do you mean by modern technology , Ella ? Do you mean like robots playing the piano sort of thing?

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    Very limited, no black notes played. Makes me cringe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elderpiano View Post
    But what do you mean by modern technology , Ella ? Do you mean like robots playing the piano sort of thing?

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    Very limited, no black notes played. Makes me cringe.
    No, I just meant things like YouTube and streaming and people being able to share music and post videos of themselves playing fiddle and so on.
    Thanks for the video you posted, though - it's a lot of fun!
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    One effect of the internet on classical music must be that, as the western classical tradition can now be sampled all over the world, there will be composers of classical music who are influenced by oriental, African or other 'non-western' musics - surely to the enrichment of the tradition?
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    A reminder that the thread is called

    The effect of modern technology on the audience for
    classical music.

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    Now, to return to relevance and the discussion about classical music -
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    One thing I haven't mentioned so far - the effect of modern technology has been that people want to band together and share their interests. This leads to music forums. A few years ago I joined Talk Classical, and because of that my knowledge of classical music has expanded. Whenever I want to explore a composer I knew nothing about, I can google and generally find some examples on YouTube.

    And what I can do, everybody else can do.

    The internet is hugely influential and educational as far as classical music is concerned.
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    The effect of music forums and people posting classical music on YouTube has been that not only the well-known works of classical music are spreading, but a market is being created for lesser-known works and composers - early music, for example, is probably getting through to more people numerically than ever before. If there's a market, people will record the lesser-known works and a niche market will be created.

    This must be particularly valuable for today's composers of classical music.
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    Just to illustrate my remarks, here is a piece of early music about war.
    I dedicate it to the memory of all those who've died in war, and particularly, because today is Remembrance Day and the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, to the hope of peace in the world.

    The Armed Man, the Armed Man is to be feared.

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    As regards early music, another great boon of the internet is that people taking up historic instruments like the lute can now find sheet music and tablature so much more easily.
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    One effect of the spread of technology is that many people are no longer satisfied with the readily available versions of classical music favourites. They become picky and some try to collect all manner of different versions of the same work. Connoisseurship - well, it's always been there - vide book collectors. But in music and on the internet this can lead to a whole new layer of snobbery and sneering.
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    However, despite all the downsides - which there are in every human activity - I'm so glad that I decided to return to the violin just as all this new technology is available.

    One example - I'm supposed to use 'sautillé' bowing in a violin exam that I'm studying for, which I've never done before, but it's so easy to pick up a 'how-to' video from Youtube.



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    Quote Originally Posted by John Watt View Post
    "But in music and on the internet this can lead to a whole new layer of snobbery and sneering."

    This also can include the purposeful neglect of others who post on a thread you started.
    I am free to reply or not, as I wish.

    It was you yourself who suggested a couple of months ago that I had the option of ignoring you, and as I told you at the time, I considered it good advice.

    You see, I didn't like the way that you kept disregarding MIMF's terms and conditions by commenting adversely on my posting style (as now), and also, I am simply not interested in many of the topics that you post about - guitar amps, Jimi Hendrix, Canadian politics and drugs.

    I wish you well, but I joined MIMF to learn and read about classical music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ella Beck View Post
    One effect of the spread of technology is that many people are no longer satisfied with the readily available versions of classical music favourites. They become picky and some try to collect all manner of different versions of the same work. Connoisseurship - well, it's always been there - vide book collectors. But in music and on the internet this can lead to a whole new layer of snobbery and sneering.
    Since this earlier post of mine appears to have been misunderstood, I'll rephrase it.

    I was not writing about anyone on this forum.

    I was talking about the thread title issue - the effect of technology on the audience for classical music.

    One effect of the new technology is to encourage 'connoisseurship' in classical music, which is good in that it encourages people to collect cds and if a market is thriving, that will help musicians and composers.

    But it can also put off people who might become interested in classical music. I've seen this happen on other music forums that I belong to. Someone posts about a popular Beethoven symphony and people come on, in a sneering or snobbish way, to suggest that the novice should have a more rarefied taste - that they should admire lesser known Beethoven works, or go for a more recondite performance of the famous symphony.

    In this way, 'connoisseurship', encouraged by the new technology, can discourage a potential audience for classical music.
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    There is no doubt that the internet provides a great education in classical music. If I want to find out about a lesser baroque composer like William Boyce - no problem!

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    On the one hand, people don't have to go out to concerts any more - they can enjoy concerts in their own home. Here's Jordi Savall!

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