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About this blog

This blog is about European classical music.

“European” meaning that it is neither about Indian raga (which I like very much), nor about Chinese opera (which is not made for me), nor about the classical music of any other region.

On the other hand, it’s not about where or by whom the music is played or was created – it’s about the musical ancestry. Which includes names like Bach, Mozart and all those.

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I specifically wrote that explanation because I don’t intend to write “European” each and any time when I want to differentiate between “classical” and non-classical music. Neither “ECM” (would be quite a pseudo-hip abbrevation, eh?) or anything else overly p.c.

But I do want to be different from this certain type of folks who are not able to grasp that there possibly might be some music of the same quality, with possibly a longer tradition, than what their beloved Beethoven 9th symphony belongs to.

So whenever the term “classical music” shows up, please silently add “European” to it, if not explicitely stated differently.

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One theme that bothers most lovers of classical music THE crisis. It will be quite a topic here, too.

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“Crisis? What crisis?”

Once upon a time, classical music was not called “classical” music. And visiting an orchestra concert was as normal then as visiting cinema is today. Today, it’s very different.

There are many aspects of this.

There even is the question if there is a crisis at all. Which I dismiss – just ask yourself how many people you know who like classical music, just look at the average age of classical audiences, just strip classical sales statistics of cheesy so-called “cross-over”.

Sure there are positive trends, too. But the overall picture is quite clear: classical music once was a major part of Europe’s cultural life, and now has become a niche struggling to justify its subsidies.

There are many reasons for this. And many discussions about it.In this blog, I add my thoughts to the debate.

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Aside from that, I share whatever I deem worth sharing. Of course.

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This blog won’t be updated regularly. I won’t impose that obligation on myself.

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For the same reason, comments may have to wait for moderation, or are even turned off.

If you want to enter a discussion on any statement I write, you’re kindly invited to write a counter-statement in your blog, on which I will most likely react here. I find such a way of discussing much more valuable and rewarding than short comment arguments.

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