Thanks for your answer, Rongvald!Rognvald wrote: ↑Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:16 pmwe can not turn train of modern civilization backwards .. the only thing possible for any craft to survive and grow in new conditions is to have wider appeal, but ...because of extremely conservative nature and many taboos, rules and laws regulating existence of this craft it does not look that it could grow its appeal. Andrei K
I agree with the first part of your statement that we cannot turn modern civilization backward but disagree with your reasoning concerning the effects of conservatisim, taboos, rules, etc. as its primal cause(?) It is not because of conservatism, taboos and rules that Classical Music and serious Jazz are in decline but rather that the values needed to promote and grow these Art forms in the future are at odds with 21st Century Materialism as preached overtly and subliminally in movies, TV, videos, magazines and taught in our homes and schools. And, the decline of educational standards we have witnessed in the last 60 years in public education(especially here in the US) and the exclusion of a balanced educational curriculum that includes Music, Art and Literature are endemic and perhaps irreversible. The Arts have traditionally struggled in the scope of the development of our Western Civilization but the numbers of Liberal Arts students nationwide has fallen dramatically in both primary, secondary and university curriculums as compared with the recent past. And, these trends are not likely to be reversed since not only performance opportunities for serious music have declined but the results of the lack of exposure to serious Music and Art have created an environment where the term "Artist" is used for Psycho-Pop Painters, dime store novelists and three-chord guitarists who make millions from the humble, uneducated masses. Perhaps, the saddest example, for me, is that the Sixties charlatan, Dylan, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in the shadow of Solzhenitsyn, Satre, Steinbeck, Camus, Hemingway, Churchill, Faulkner, Eliot, Hesse, Mann, Shaw, Yeats, Rolland . . . excuse me dear reader but I think I'm testing the limit of civility. Playing again . . . Rognvald O.K. I guess I can't stop. Here are some of the profound lyrics by the Nobel Laureate . . . . How is it possible to write such profound lines?
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)
I ain't a-saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right
Now, that's a Nobel Prize-winning author!
No reasoning really from me, just observations...
Decline of Education..?
What is education? Is it set of rules and laws promoted and implanted into students by certain institutions?
Then... weren't there times in history of our civilization Teachers taught to pupils mostly irrational nonsense?
What is a value of such education if it will teach you how to operate in the system while system completely changed and these sets of rules became outdated...?
Isn't the best education possible in time and place there most amount of scientifically proven and rational information regarding certain subject is available?
Isn't it NOW? When as much useful information been available in our human history if not now?
Therefore it is not really educational problem, unless educational institutions itself going to ignore rational approaches and continue to promote outdated information.
Was there the Love of majority of humans to so called "serious art"? Gone?
When did it happen? Did it ever happened?
likely not... Even the best "mass Education " will only work to certain degree... and it will be naive to expect that somehow it is possible to widely implant in our collective psyche "love to "serious art"...
Possibilities to performance? Possibilities of exposure of people to "serious Art" ?
- almost limitless now! as never before...
never before was possible to reach such giant audiences ...
Coming back to your original point:
Is it really decline in quantity of classical guitar concerts and gigs in the Y2K?
BUT.. never before were so many PERFORMERS who play and want to play....
But There are probably appr. same amount of listeners and same amount of gigs,
but classical guitarists - Performers...?
- probably at least 100 times more performers than it was in the middle of last century...
and when you divide gigs on performers.. it is so much less than before...
But ...Maybe "classical guitar" in the area of performance has to change a little?
Why not let players play more freely? make new unusual interpretations?
bring more original music?
Make beautiful variations on certain pop-melodies?
Permit performers be more mobile - walk on stage if they wish?
Make more of musical theater?
Bring lighting? Presentations, video in performance?
Use more electronics freely?
isn't Performance a synthetic art? isn't it a theater?
well when why this kind of theater is so strict and puritan?
and if we do not like or do not want theater ...then
why we are such hypocrites about it? - then remove theater completely.
make concert in total darkness there not performer, nor listeners visible.
Leave just music/audio alone.
But if it is Theater/performance ? - then why this performance is so poor in performing /show aspects? Why it is so strict?
Set it free! bring all kind of power and possibilities of modern performance in it - and likely it will be popular...
But NO, NO, NO!
We do not want anything... no changes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
.. we will just blame others for our "problems"...
How dare they are to use lighting, presentations, costumes, freely moving on stage!!!!!!!
We are real!!! We are interesting!!!
but there is audience....oops?
where it goes?
Oh this immoral audience!!!!