Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Classical culture = subculture?

There is a worrying trend, judging by these three articles from the NRC newspaper (paid subscription) in the Netherlands.

High and low brow cultures are merging, according to John Seabrook in his book 'Nobrow'. It's all about marketing. Or rather, high brow is evolving into a subculture.

Dutch classical Radio 4 was barely saved from having its terrestrial license taken and being relegated to cable broadcast.

Classical composer's grants institution Foundation for Creative Arts is to merge with the Foundation for Amateur and Stage Arts. Composers resist the move, as this would lead to comparing 'apples to pears'.

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