Free Ensembles and Small (Chamber) Orchestras as Innovative Drivers of Classical Music in Germany

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This chapter takes as its theme the current state and development of classical art-music in Germany. It presents a preparatory study that is theoretically founded in entrepreneurial, innovational, and work-transformation studies on micro, meso, and macro levels. The project as a whole assumes that the appearance of these smaller ensembles are indicators for and results of significant changes in the work and life-organization of late capitalism and neo-liberalism. Musicians that work in these liquid orchestras are typical of an artistic labour market that is organized as a vertically disintegrated system of production, or as a gig economy. Cultural innovations affect the subjective, intersubjective and structural level of music making and are detectable in all processes of musical production, distribution and reception. The chapter focuses on the various ensembles and their innovative performative practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovation in Music : Future Opportunities
EditorsRuss Hepworth-Sawyer, Justin Paterson, Rob Toulson
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge Academics
Publication date22.01.2021
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-36335-2, 978-0-367-36337-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-34538-8, 978-1-000-28362-4, 978-1-000-28367-9, 978-1-000-28357-0
Publication statusPublished - 22.01.2021