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"The destruction of music because of Youtube..."

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  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Have you all seen this article? I was taken aback by,"The destruction of music because of YouTube is enormous". I understand Zimerman's perspective, but at the same time hasn't classical music spread to many people via Youtube (or sites like Piano Society, or Internet radio stations...really just the Internet in general) who wouldn't have an opportunity to listen to it otherwise? Maybe he should have said, "the destruction of MY music...".

    I certainly appreciate his playing and talent (saw him in concert once), but I can't help thinking he's a cry baby. Seems he is always complaining about something. At Orchestra Hall in Chicago they make an announcement at the start of each concert that no photos or recording of any kind are allowed. However, practically every Kissin concert I've attended there was some jerk snapping photos...with a flash! Kissin must be a lot less sensitive, though, because he never flinched. Even when the flash came from terrace seat which is behind and above the piano...meaning, Kissin had to have seen it.


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    I don't think Youtube remotely destroys music, in fact the amount of music which is made readily accessible has to be one of the best aspects of it. I heard this story elsewhere yesterday and, if I understand correctly, his record company are telling him he can't record x because it's already been uploaded? I don't believe that as a valid reason for a moment. Youtube doesn't stop the record companies churning out recording after recording of Rach 2, Tchaik 1, and "named" Beethoven sonatas despite the zillions of recordings already extant on Youtube and elsewhere.

    I do however have enormous sympathy with him regarding covert and not-so-covert filming. It's extremely rude. I imagine some pianists will handle it better than others, but it completely changes the parameters of the concert. A concert is supposed to be a spur-of-the moment event; not one to be dissected endlessly over time - unagreed filming moves it towards recording studio territory. I don't mind if I am filming myself - I can suppress it if I hate the end result - but if I suddenly realised someone else was filming that would be distracting on a par with the rather unpleasant experience of realising someone in the front row has got the score with them and is following along.
     
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    Dear pianolady,

    I think what Mr. Zimerman might be referring to is that YouTube (or the free availability of recordings via any platform) might be destroying the music business industry rather than Music itself. Music is so divine and eternal it does not require anything more than a pure heart, passion and love.

    I can definitely agree with you that sharing classical music has never been easier in history than it is today, which is very important of course, but very unfortunate for the record companies who are trying to sell products (which are already in one or another form accessible for free online).

    So, I think the complaining part might be about the less amount of money that an Artist can make from the records. :)
     
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    I can't agree with this idea. It seems to me that YouTube has made many relevantly small genres more accessible and discoverable for people. In fact, I've seen many successful YouTube channels where "a guy next door" plays the music they like and gets a lot of views and, probably, some money from it.
     

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