02. May 2011 · Comments Off on Changing A Name · Categories: Read Online

A reputation for being stuffy, snobbish and out of date is not the easiest thing to break through when selling an art form.

But contemporary classical music has long struggled with such public attitudes – which is why the lauded Sydney composer Paul Stanhope, for one, is pleased Australia’s longstanding Classical Music Awards have been renamed the Art Music Awards.

I know some people who are in other music worlds are annoyed when we call classical music “art music”, as it might imply that their music isn’t artistic. So is this a good solution? What other name might one give “Classical Music”? Thoughts?


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