Whether you view it as a positive or negative force, the face of classical music and even new art music and concert music is changing. As a composer, I'm always dwelling on how my music is perceived by listeners: do I lump myself with other "classical composers" such as Bach and Beethoven, or am I part of something musically different, completely unrelated? Over the past few years a number of manifestos have popped up on the Internet that call for a new change to the face of art music. This change is arising almost as a means of survival due to an aging classical audience, plummeting ticket sales and bankrupt orchestras.
The first such manifesto I read is written by "Eidelyn", and is quite lengthy, but very interesting. I personally don't agree with everything Eidelyn has written about in his manifesto, but he raises many critical and valid points. Read for yourself and decide:
Tyler Versluis is a composer and pianist.