A Changing Role for the Composer in Society: A Study of the Historical Background and Current Methodologies of Creative Music-making

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Peter Lang, 2005 - Music - 440 pages
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Music is unique among the arts in its ability to bring large numbers of people together in a communal creative activity transcending social, cultural and linguistic boundaries. This book looks at many examples of composers working in schools, community centres, hospitals and other situations which are not traditional contexts for music. Examples are taken from the United Kingdom as well as from projects from other places in Europe which participated in the EU-funded 'Rainbow across Europe' programme. This study examines the development over the past hundred years of what has come to be known as creative music-making, and traces its spread in other parts of Europe and beyond. It also shows how the composer's role has developed from the nineteenth-century Romantic view of a heroic figure expressing his own inner emotional life in music, towards a more socially conscious inspirational catalyst whose role is to stimulate musical creativity in others.
 

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Contents

Preface
11
Historical background
25
Gustav Holst Michael Tippett
54
Philosophical background
61
Private trusts and government policy
97
Towards a theoretical model
123
Classification
163
Places and people
189
The project in action
283
Final performance
305
Proj ect outcomes
319
The PRS Composing in Education Scheme
345
Conclusions
375
Chronological chart of projects
397
Bibliography
415
Discography and recorded examples
421

Age and ability
217
Before the project starts
247
Project themes
265

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The Author: Jolyon Laycock studied music and composition at Nottingham University. As Music and Dance Co-ordinator at Arnolfini, Bristol, and founder of 'Rainbow over Bath' at Bath University and Bath Spa University College, he was one of the pioneers of creative music-making. In 1996, he initiated 'Rainbow across Europe'. This ground-breaking partnership, funded by the EU Kaleidoscope scheme, introduced creative music-making to concert promoters and educational institutions in France, the Netherlands, Austria, Bulgaria and Hungary. He has recently taken up a new post as Lecturer in Arts Management in the School of Arts and Humanities, Oxford Brookes University.

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