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Classsical Music in the Age of The Internet

Classical Music and the Internet, According to Leon Botstein >>

Many believe the rise of the Internet has contributed to the demise of the music industry. Though there has been a decrease in CD sales, how has the Internet affected classical music? According to Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, the Internet has ushered in a new era for classical music. Botstein says in a recent Gramophone blog post that as an individual artist it is hard to make money from producing a CD, but the age of digital is presenting a great opportunity for music. Each recording has the ability to become a part of an easily accessible library. Just by concentrating on putting recordings online, Botstein says that the American Symphony Orchestra has cumulatively sold more than 250,000 downloads and are now available for streaming. Though online sales might not be more commercially favorable than CDs, the accessibility helps to add to the mission of philosophy of an artist. This is also helpful when it comes to people seeing live music. Since the Internet gives people access to recorded material, it helps newcomers and even longstanding fans familiarize themselves with the works before viewing the show live. It also opens the doors for a more spontaneous viewing experience. When you put up a live performance, it shows everything — all the imperfections and changes. Instead of this being viewed as a mistake that needs fixing, it captures the true essence of a live performance with all its blemishes and impromptu layers.

Grammy Awards

57th Annual Grammy Noms Announced >>

What do hit a capella group Pentatonix, dead Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach and Austrailian rapper Iggy Azalea all have in common? They were all nominated for 2015 Grammy Awards!

The Column: When The BBC Turned Teacher, And Got It Right >>

So what do we think about this new initiative from the BBC, this idea to create a UK-wide scheme to introduce children to classical music through a proscribed list of "Ten Pieces"?

UPDATE: BBC Young Musician 2014 Finalists Announced, Jazz Contest Added

BBC Supersize on Classical Music >>

It was always likely that the BBC's still-quite-new Director General -- former Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall -- would prioritise music. And today the corporation announced a slew of initiatives designed to put music back at (or close to) the center of the Beeb's world. Most eye-catching of these is a nationwide educational initiative called "Ten Pieces"

Nadia Sirota 'Baroque'

Violist Nadia Sirota To Release ‘Baroque’ March 26 >>

Critically acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota will release her new album titled Baroque. Baroque will drop March 26, on Bedroom Community / New Amsterdam.

The blue plaque to Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn Lodging Place In London Commemorated With English Heritage Blue Plaque >>

Felix Mendelssohn, a famous German composer was recently commemorated in London when the place he stayed in on numerous visits to London received an English Heritage blue plaque.

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