Book Launch Reception: Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music
- Book Launch Reception: Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music
- Date and Time
- 18th Nov 2015 17:00 – 19:00
- Chrystal Macmillan Building - Ground Floor, 15a George Square, Edinburgh
Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music
Wednesday 18 November 5-7 pm (Speeches at 6pm)
CMB Ground Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Please RSVP by 11 November by emailing Lisa McCormick
About the book:
Performing Civility: International Competitions in Classical Music (Cambridge University Press)
Although competitions in classical music have a long history, the number of contests has risen dramatically since the Second World War, all of them aiming to launch young artists' careers. This is not the symptom of marketization that it might appear to be. Despite the establishment of an international governing body, competitions are plagued by rumors of corruption, and even the most mathematically sophisticated voting system cannot quell accusations that the best talent is overlooked. Why do musicians take part? Why do audiences care so much about who wins? Performing Civility is the first book to address these questions. In this groundbreaking study, Lisa McCormick draws from firsthand observations of contests in Europe and the US, in-depth interviews with competitors, jurors and directors, as well as blog data from competition observers to argue that competitions have endured because they are not only about music, they are also about civility.
"Offering a peek into the fascinating world of international classical music competitions, Lisa McCormick's Performing Civility highlights the sociological tension between combat and civility. A rich, masterful study of performing, judging, and listening. Bravo!"
Eviatar Zerubavel, Rutgers University
"Music competitions, as Lisa McCormick shows us in this very clever book, place music and civility in contradiction. This contradiction gets played out as judges, musicians and audiences are converted into publics engaged in debate over what should count as talent, beauty, and perfection. Performing Civility will be of interest to cultural sociologists, political scientists, musicians, and anyone who aspires to be a member of civil society, musically conceived."
Tia DeNora, Exeter University
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