Monday, February 06, 2006
How to save european contemporary music?
It'my first contribute here, please excuse my english...
Bad times here in Italy (and Europe) for contemporary music. Really bad.
Most of concert halls and musical associations live by government funds but now Italy thinks contemporary arts became an impossible luxury. Country of Corelli, Vivaldi, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Casella, Maderna, Nono, Bussotti, Donatoni (you know, it's only a short list) now considers its music less important then ever. More or less the same is happening in France, Holland, Germany, all the rest of Europe.
Italian Government decided a 30% cut for 2006; in 2005 cut 50%. We have not much left... And without Orchestras and Halls we have only the possibility to teach in conservatories (what? composition for future composers?) or change our job. I did, actually. Now I make my living working as digital painter and software engineer, and I'm not the only in this situation.
After 15 years writing and performing this is the scenario.
Probably european composers need new ideas to propose their works, maybe we are dinosaurs. I don't know.
Ciao a tutti.