Classical Music Futures: Practices of Innovation - cover image


Peter Peters; Neil T. Smith; Karoly Molina. Copyright of individual chapters are maintained by the chapter author(s).

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  • English

Print Length

430 pages (xviii+412)


Paperback156 x 30 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.18" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 34 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.34" x 9.21")


Paperback812g (28.64oz)
Hardback991g (34.96oz)



OCLC Number



  • AVLA
  • AVM
  • AVA


  • AVA
  • AVGC
  • AVGC4
  • YQB


  • MUS006000
  • MUS020000
  • MUS041000


  • Classical music
  • Innovations
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Decolonization of classical music
  • Technology
  • Community engagement

Classical Music Futures

Practices of Innovation

  • Neil Thomas Smith (editor)
  • Peter Peters (editor)
  • Karoly Molina (editor)
This volume brings together contributions from a wide range of international academics and practitioners. It traces innovations within classical music practice, showing how these offer divergent visions for its future. The interdisciplinary contributions to the volume highlight the way contrasting ideas of the future can effect change in the present.

A rich balance of theoretical and practical discussion brings authority to this collection, which lays the foundations for timely responses to challenges ranging from the concept of the musical work, and the colonial values within Western musical culture, to unsustainable models of orchestral touring. The authors highlight how labour to meet the demands of particular futures for classical music might impact its creation and consumption, presenting case studies to capture the mediating roles of technology and community engagement.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of musicology and the sociology of music, as well as a general audience of practitioners, freelance musicians, music administrators and educators.


  • Neil Thomas Smith
  • Peter Peters
  • Neil Thomas Smith
  • Maria Hansen
  • Kirsteen Davidson Kelly
  • George E. Lewis
  • Brandon Farnsworth
  • Neil Thomas Smith
  • Francine Gorman
  • Hannah Bujic
  • Fiona Robertson
  • Neil Thomas Smith
  • Peter Peters
  • Georgina MacDonell Finlayson
  • Teemu Kirjonen
  • Jan Jaap Knoll
  • Detlef Grooß
  • Jennifer Walshe


Neil Thomas Smith


Neil Thomas Smith is a researcher and composer, teaching at the University of Edinburgh and the Open College of the Arts. Between 2018 and 2022 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music, where his research focussed on orchestras’ attempts at spatial innovation, both inside the concert hall and beyond. Neil has also worked on German contemporary music and sociological examinations of ‘emerging’ composers, with articles appearing in journals including Music & Letters, Cultural Sociology, Contemporary Music Review, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Tempo, and the British Journal of Sociology. His first monograph, a critical companion to the composer Mathias Spahlinger, was published in 2021; while a debut disc of chamber music, Stop Motion Music, was released in 2023.

Peter Peters

Endowed Professor in the innovation of classical music and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University
Director of the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM) at Maastricht University

Peter Peters is endowed professor in the innovation of classical music and associate professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University. His current research combines a life-long passion for music with an interest in how artistic practices can be a context for doing academic and practice-oriented research. In previous years, he worked on an ethnography of a project at the Orgelpark in Amsterdam aimed at building a baroque organ for the twenty-first century. More recently, his research focuses on innovating classical music practices, especially symphonic music. Together with Stefan Rosu, director of Philzuid (South Netherlands Philharmonic), he developed the research lines in the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music: the role of classical music and its value for society; the ways in which the relationship between performers of classical music, such as symphony orchestras and their audience is mediated; and the ways in which classical music practices contribute to the preservation of our cultural and social sounding heritage.

Karoly Molina

Researcher and Support Staff for the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music at Maastricht University

Karoly Molina is currently a researcher and support staff for the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music, a collaboration between Maastricht University, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the South Netherlands Philharmonic (philzuid). Karoly completed her BA in English literature at Texas A&M University and her MA at Maastricht University. Before her work at MCICM, Karoly taught English language and literature and worked as a translator.