The Orchestra

D. Kern Holoman

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760282
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365869 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Orchestra

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The Orchestra: A Very Short Introduction considers the structure, roots, and day-to-day functioning of the modern philharmonic society and explores topics ranging from the life of a musician in a modern orchestra, the recent wave of new hall construction, threats of bankruptcies and strikes, and the high salaries of conductors and general managers. Can such a seemingly anachronistic organization long survive? Does the symphony matter in contemporary culture? The orchestra remains a potent political and social force. It has adapted well to the digital revolution, and it continues to be seen with civic pride. In a time of upheaval in how classical music is created, heard, distributed, and evaluated, the orchestra has managed to retain its historic role.

Keywords: Johann Sebastian Bach; Ludwig van Beethoven; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Herbert von Karajan; Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Music; orchestra; Société des Concerts du Conservatoire

Book.  168 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Applied Music

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