View Poll Results: If You Are/Could Be A Patron, Then Who/Which Would You Support Most?

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  • Performer

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  • Conductor

    1 2.22%
  • Orchestra

    2 4.44%
  • Chamber ensemble

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  • Opera organization

    6 13.33%
  • Music education

    10 22.22%
  • Music research

    0 0%
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    Default If You Are/Could Be A Patron, Then Who/Which Would You Support Most?

    If you already are or could be a patron, then who/what would you support most?

    A composer?
    A performer?
    A conductor?
    An orchestra?
    A chamber music group?
    An opera organization?
    A music education group/institution?
    A music research institution?
    Other?

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    This is a hard one. A very hard one.

    I think I might just support an opera organization.

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    I'd support good contemporary composers such as:

    György Kurtág
    Georg Friedrich Haas
    Helmut Lachenmann
    Aribert Reimann
    Michael Hersch
    Richard Barrett
    Michael Finnissy
    Brian Ferneyhough
    Beat Furrer
    James Dillon
    George Benjamin

    Wait . . . Am I to pick just one? I'd go with Kurtág.

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    Opera is an expensive art form. I'd love to be able to help fund a small company devoted to it. But at the first sign of regietheater nonsense I'd make it known that they can either respect the composers who are better than they are or take their egos overseas where they'll presumably be welcome to rip off the taxpayers of France or Germany.
    Last edited by Woodduck; Jul-22-2015 at 06:01.

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    Perfectly stated there, Woodduck. I agree.

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    I'd support the composers. The rest will take care of itself if the music is good. Of course, I'd only support composers I like, and they'd better toe the line!


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    Supporting soloists recording various newly ordered works by contemporary composers would pretty much cover all aspects, provided one had the funds to do all that .

    I´d like to support all the categories, including research.

    Staging classical music events in some sort of new, adventurous and visually interesting environments, probably combined with the other arts, that could appeal to the public, would be among the other projects.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Jul-22-2015 at 06:23.

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    I was a patron of the Australian Opera for several years, when I could still afford it, so my vote was easy to decide.

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    Conductors. Oh, so many of them! Talents being wasted because they ain't the superstar like some others are.
    ~Karajan is my Lord and I shall worship him~

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    We are friends of Norwich Baroque which I've put down as a chamber ensemble. They're a small local Baroque group who play great music. The director is Ingélou's fiddle tutor so it was a bit of a no-brainer.

    They have other sponsors, one of whom puts up a prize for new compositions in the Baroque manner, won this year by Philipp Spatling from Solingen, Germany who plays recorder and harpsichord and has a recording career.
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    Supporting soloists recording various newly ordered works by contemporary composers would pretty much cover all aspects, provided one had the funds to do all that .
    That's what I'd go for, too.

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    I vote for music education. To encourage the view that music is a dynamic, enriching, living art to be enjoyed in all of its manifestations, not something to be mummified and entombed in a museum.

    But at the first sign of ossified views reflecting the reactionary, tiresome thinking that traditional is always better, I’d make it known that holders of such views are welcome to lighten up and join the party.

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    I would patronize daycare centers in Weimar, Köthen and Leipzig from around 1708 to 1750.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PierreN View Post
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    I would patronize daycare centers in Weimar, Köthen and Leipzig from around 1708 to 1750.
    Is this to help look after the children of Johann Sebastian Bach?

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    Naturally I am pleased by my spouse's decision to be a patron to Norwich Baroque. It frees me up to support Music Education (which would actually be my choice in any case).

    I would endow a prestigious competition for school-music throughout the UK (state schools; art music from the middle ages to the present day), which would have a high-profile concert in London to find each year's winner. The winning school would get all sorts of sponsorship and musical treats provided. The concert would also have a section to showcase one fee-paying school, which would get the 'runner-up' prize, as well as lots of publicity. After winning the trophy for three years in succession, a school would be put out of the competition for five years to give others a chance.

    I would also sponsor good professional musicians (such as Fiddle Guru, of course, & others of his ilk) to visit schools to hold short-courses to inspire pupils and teachers alike.

    The important thing, I think, is to help promote an atmosphere where musical excellence is lauded and seen as 'cool'. Hopefully some great composers and performers of the future would be encouraged in this way.

    Right - must remember to buy a lottery ticket.
    My fiddle my joy.

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