Music Composers Unite!
Hmmm, judging a composer's aptitude and quality by sales volume is not always a direct connection. James Joyce and William Faulkner are known to be two of the greatest 20th century novelists, but I don't think their sales volumes are through the roof, or ever will be. Impressing the more refined intellectual circles and overlapping with mass market appeal is a difficult thing to do. When you bring up classical music with most average people, Andre Rieu or Andrea Boccelli immediately will be brouight up. Does that mean they are the greatest classical musicians alive today?
Adrian Allan said:One misconception that most people have of the academia composer is that universities turn out snobby, over thought-out, and pretentious composer that only a select few will appreciate (mainly professors and other college graduates). That we leave college with no idea of the real world and with no real life skills to make it as a working composer. This, though has some truth behind it, is mostly false now.
If that is false, where is are the modern composers who, having benefited from a degree in composition, are dearly loved by the general public, and whose works sell CDs in their hundreds of thousands ?
How many are making a living out of actually selling their music to the public (sell-out concerts, CDs etc) as opposed to earning a salary in an academic role and making a bit of money from art-council funded commissions ?
Isn't it easier to find those who have supposedly "mastered" the art of composition but can't find a way of reaching out to anything but a select few ?
For that reason, I can't really see the change from the days of excessive modernism and experimentalism in the 1950s.
Please file this discussion somewhere safe and revisit it in say 20 years by which time you should have "experience".
It's not that I don't appreciate your dedication to the study of your art but you just can't lecture me on this subject.
You put down relative lay people as being unable to appreciate totally different genres in music. That is absurd! It is a generalization that you should not be using in this debate. You are describing someone with the same tunnel vision as yourself except, there will usually be more listeners in their tunnel than yours.
Even 10 years may be enough?