The Ideal Playlist

“A literary situation begins to get interesting when one writes novels for people who are not readers of novels alone, and when one writes literature while thinking of a shelf of books that are not all literary” – Italo Calvino, “Whom Do We Write For?”

So what about writing and performing music while thinking of a playlist that’s not all music? One doesn’t listen exclusively to music: radio shows, podcasts, interviews, debates, speeches, NPR, and everything in between take up our listening time. What will music that exists next to these options entail?

Better yet, how does one perform and present preexisting pieces, classical rep comes to mind, within a world where it isn’t only music on the shelves but podcasts and NPR?

Music doesn’t exist in a bubble. Now what do we do about that?


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