ERIC Number: ED034316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-8
Reference Count: 0
Examining the Composer--Audience Gap in Contemporary Music. Final Report.
Lillehaug, Leland A.
To verify the existence of a communication gap between the contemporary music composer and his general listening audience and to assess the scope and causes of the gap, interviews were conducted with a cross-section of composers, performers, conductors, educators, and listeners throughout the nation. During the 9-month study, (September 1968-June 1969) structured interviews with 231 subjects were supplemented by informal conversations with hundreds of people. Although opinion was divided as to the causes, respondents generally agreed that a large gap exists between nonconservative contemporary composers and the general audience. The findings suggest several methods for bridging the gap, including composer-performer symposia, better teacher training in 20th-century music, more quality live performances of new music, creation of college-community resource centers, increased use of news media to provide information and recordings of 20th-century music, and inclusion of courses on new music in the curricula of schools and colleges. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Augustana Coll. Association, Sioux Falls, SD.