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The Classical Revolution: Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century is rich in discussion worthy arguments. ... Because of the numerous issues raised (including the relationship of originality and aesthetic quality, the relationship with non-European cultures, the importance of spirituality) Borstlap's book about the current issues of composition and a new classicism is an important contribution to musical aesthetics. (Die Tonkunst)
In The Classical Revolution: Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century, John Borstlap offers an excellent and expansive view of where we now are in the larger world of contemporary art music (music in the tradition of Western classical music), both in America, and from his vantage point, in Europe. (Academic Questions)
The recent. . . article by Dutch composer John Borstlap on the problem of gaining exposure for music written in 'pre-modern' tonal traditions is developed in his new book, taking as a starting point the Orwellian epigram[.] . . . Is the restoration of music traditions desirable or even possible in today's multicultural Europe. How may traditionally-based music each a wide audience in overcoming today's persuasive pop/tv-driven culture? . . . Is this the price we continue to pay for Nazism and a once-great universal art's destruction? Borstlap's solutions from a challenging argument that all who care about music and its place in society should absorb. (Musical Opinion)
John Borstlap studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory and has a master’s degree from Cambridge University. His Violin Concerto won prizes at the Prince Pierre Competition in Monaco and the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland). He received commissions from various institutions, including the Johan Wagenaar Foundation, the Dutch government, and the Culture Company. His chamber music and symphonic works have been performed and recorded for radio broadcasts by – among others – Alwin Bär, Dmitri Ferschtman, Vesko Eschkenazy, Eleonore Pameijer, the Ludwig Trio, the Jacques Thibaud Trio, and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, and the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra. A CD with chamber music “Hyperion’s Dream,” was issued by Albany Records in 1997. He is one of the founders of the Composers Group Amsterdam.