The Predicament of Music as an Art
First, I’d like to say that the scope of the entry doesn’t necessarily describe the general setting because it may vary for every country, depending on how they value their music, culture, and most significantly, their musicians.
Music is very rich and diverse when you relate it to culture and to the society itself. Some were given the talent and chance to heighten them, and now they are the ones we watch and listen to as they play. We are indeed entertained whenever we listen or watch their superb performances, but do we really treat them as though they are significant as much as we listen to their “music” ? By what I mean “music”, I’d like to you to refer it to as the classical ones. The musicians I cover here also only refers to the conservatory students who really took the path of music through formal education and not the contemporary musicians such as pop singers and such.
Almost everyone knows Nodame Cantabile falls in the genre of music, which is why I picked it to show why music is currently facing a predicament. Also, I presume all of those who watched it knows that Chiaki has a phobia in riding airplanes which he overcame. Well, I’m glad he overcame this phobia of his. Nevertheless, the thing I want to know is why other people fuss about this idea of “Musicians should study/go in/to Europe”. The reason why Chiaki befall into despair during his stay in Japan before meeting Nodame.
Europe, well, is basically the land where classical music was born. And then? Witnessing the culture of the origin of the music itself might be a help in widening your horizons and perception in viewing classical music, other than that, you’d receive the training from the real maestros of classical music themselves. Yes, it’s a leverage when you come back to your country but just as many people are saying, Europe is the central of the classical music. So why go back? Exactly. The chances these musicians in Europe would come back to their homelands is rather small. Basically, because European countries really focus their tourism through these opera and orchestra stage performances. Musicians from other countries had already found their jobs here with a good pay because almost all the orchestras are government subsidized. Meaning to say, European countries do care about the fact that classical music originated from them, and they try to reinforce it. What about us? What about our countries? Do they care as much to these musicians who decided to pursue work/studies overseas? How about supporting these musicians so their very own country could keep them as an asset and not by other European countries?
The government plays a big role in ensuring that the music industry is thriving, and yes they do but they focus on the mainstream unlike those who pursue the classical path. This is rather sad because you could only feel the support of the government whenever there is an upcoming competition that represents the country. This is why it has been a difficult move to materialize such ideas, like forming an orchestra. The government doesn’t really support the musicians even though the fact is, there are bodies already in the society that is responsible for these things, although they never really do something about it. They are the ones that’s supposedly manages the award giving bodies and concours and yet they take this for granted — They didn’t know that this is the only motivation for the musicians to better improve their musicality.
We also do have our conservatories but then, do we really encourage students to enroll to conservatories? Most of the parents these days often — more like always prefer having their children to have a blue collar job after studying in college. Can we see the problem here? More musicians are getting pirated by other countries in Europe and there are lesser students aspiring to be musicians. There might have parents who liked their kids to learn some piano and violin, but oftentimes, they don’t let the child to pursue it as his/her profession. <<–(cliche already).
I don’t know. I’m not a musician afterall. I just came to notice it after all this time. Even Nodame Cantabile constitute this idea of studying overseas. Well, I’m not condemning the assertion that it is really better there if you want to be a known and good musician but we must also consider that we should not be that glad about this phenomenon, or probably a practice already of aiming to go to Europe to be a better musician and seek future there because it really places music in a trouble.
Can’t the government give these musicians more options? It’s as if musicians got no choice but to travel to Europe just to be better in music. Why not find means to improve on it on our own? Of course this statement is rather heavy but empty. Then again, nothing is impossible if both the government and the musicians would help — or else Europe would forever monopolize the music industry in classical performances.
And lastly, just like the dialogue here above by Chiaki’s mother, why bother going to Europe about having the real maestros as your instructor when you could already play as great and communicate well your “music” to others? The important is, both of you could appreciate it.