Classical Music: Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges - cover image


Michael Beckerman; Paul Boghossian

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  • English

Print Length

252 pages (xlviii+204)


Paperback156 x 18 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.69" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 21 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.81" x 9.21")


Paperback1069g (37.71oz)
Hardback1455g (51.32oz)



OCLC Number





  • AVA
  • AVGC4
  • AVH


  • MUS006000
  • MUS020000
  • MUS007000


  • ML3916


  • classical music
  • composers
  • musicians
  • twenty-first century
  • performers
  • academics
  • journalists
  • arts administrators
  • traditions
  • challenges
  • diversity
  • governance
  • identity
  • perception
  • challenges
  • financial stability
  • non-profit arts organizations
  • case studies
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Classical Music

Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges

  • Beckerman Michael (editor)
  • Boghossian Paul (editor)
This kaleidoscopic collection reflects on the multifaceted world of classical music as it advances through the twenty-first century. With insights drawn from leading composers, performers, academics, journalists, and arts administrators, special focus is placed on classical music’s defining traditions, challenges and contemporary scope. Innovative in structure and approach, the volume comprises two parts. The first provides detailed analyses of issues central to classical music in the present day, including diversity, governance, the identity and perception of classical music, and the challenges facing the achievement of financial stability in non-profit arts organizations. The second part offers case studies, from Miami to Seoul, of the innovative ways in which some arts organizations have responded to the challenges analyzed in the first part. Introductory material, as well as several of the essays, provide some preliminary thoughts about the impact of the crisis year 2020 on the world of classical music.

Classical Music: Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges will be a valuable and engaging resource for all readers interested in the development of the arts and classical music, especially academics, arts administrators and organizers, and classical music practitioners and audiences.


1. The Enduring Value of Classical Music in the Western Tradition

(pp. 1–6)
  • Ellen Harris
  • Michael Beckerman

2. The Live Concert Experience: Its Nature and Value

(pp. 7–14)
  • Christopher Peacocke
  • Kit Fine

3. Education and Classical Music

(pp. 15–28)
  • Michael Beckerman
  • Ara Guzelimian
  • Ellen Harris
  • Jenny Judge

4. Music Education and Child Development

(pp. 29–38)
  • Assal Habibi
  • Hanna Damasio
  • Antonio Damasio

5. A Report on New Music

(pp. 39–46)
  • Alex Ross

6. The Evolving Role of Music Journalism

(pp. 47–54)
  • Zachary Woolfe
  • Alex Ross

7. The Serious Business of the Arts: Good Governance in Twenty-First-Century America

(pp. 55–62)
  • Deborah Borda

8. Audience Building and Financial Health in the Nonprofit Performing Arts: Current Literature and Unanswered Questions (Executive Summary)

(pp. 63–75)
  • Francie Ostrower
  • Thad Calabrese

9. Are Labor and Management (Finally) Working Together to Save the Day? The COVID-19 Crisis in Orchestras

(pp. 75–86)
  • Matthew VanBesien

10. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Injustice in the Classical Music Professions: A Call to Action

(pp. 87–102)
  • Susan Feder
  • Anthony McGill

11. The Interface between Classical Music and Technology

(pp. 103–118)
  • Laurent Bayle
  • Catherine Provenzano

12. Expanding Audiences in Miami: The New World Symphony’s New Audiences Initiative

(pp. 121–142)
  • Howard Herring
  • Craig Hall

13. Attracting New Audiences at the BBC

(pp. 143–156)
  • Tom Service

14. Contemporary Classical Music: A Komodo Dragon? New Opportunities Exemplified by a Concert Series in South Korea

(pp. 157–176)
  • Unsuk Chin
  • Maris Gothoni

15. The Philharmonie de Paris, the Démos Project, and New Directions in Classical Music

(pp. 177–182)
  • Laurent Bayle

16. What Classical Music Can Learn from the Plastic Arts

(pp. 183–190)
  • Olivier Berggruen


(pp. xxv–xxxii)
  • Paul Boghossian


(pp. xxxiii–xlvi)
  • Michael Beckerman


Beckerman Michael

Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor and Collegiate Professor of Music at New York University

Boghossian Paul

Julius Silver Professor and Chair of Philosophy at New York University