Well, I suppose it is a good thing that there is a "classical renaissance", whatever that means, though everyone has been saying quite the opposite for a long time now. But what bothers me are the words "music industry". Sure, I guess from most points of view, journalists' at least, music is an 'industry' like the telecommunications industry or the film industry or textiles. You know, the people in the music industry manufacture product for the consumption of the general public just like shirts and pants. Different colors and designs for different tastes. Different price points, too. A single track from iTunes is what? $0.99? Versus a season ticket to the Met? You have to dig through quite a few pages to find out, but it looks as if you could see a whole season for between $1800 and $2500.
What the music industry needs to do with the classical renaissance
But this seems an odd perspective on which to view the art of music. Surely we listen to music, at least some of us some of the time, because it speaks to our souls. Sorry to use that phrase, which some might find odd, but I mean that music, at its best, expresses something we can find nowhere else--a kind of ecstasy perhaps, or a vision of beauty or a spine-chilling power. Something we do not get from the other industries. I doubt very much that Jimi Hendrix or John Lennon thought of themselves as being components of an industry.
The article goes on to say:
Actually, I think that everything they are saying here is not news. The Beatles, for example, most definitely were influenced by the classical avant-garde, especially in the White Album. Melding genres and crossing boundaries has been the modus operandi of musicians--well, forever. I doubt you could find a decade in the whole history of music in which that wasn't going on.
But what strikes me as most odd is the reference to classical music as a "niche genre". I suppose in commercial terms, that is, if you define a niche genre as one that sells relatively few recordings compared to the mainstream ones, that is what classical music is. But this is to be completely oblivious to the history of music. Classical music, as a high art practiced for more than a thousand years, is hardly the niche. It is pop music, which has ruled the roost commercially for the last fifty years or so, that is the niche. There has always been popular music and high art music and the two have always influenced one another.
Don't you really think, given the nature of the thing, that music, especially classical music however defined, is really more than just an industry?