BEK, Mikuláš. Audiences of Music Theatre in Czech Republic: The Musical, the 21st-Century Opera? In Musical Theatre - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Composer Danilo Švara. Ljubljana: Festival Ljubljana, 2003. p. 255-262. ISBN 961-90466-7-6.
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Original name Audiences of Music Theatre in Czech Republic: The Musical, the 21st-Century Opera?
Authors BEK, Mikuláš (203 Czech Republic, guarantor).
Edition Ljubljana, Musical Theatre - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Composer Danilo Švara, p. 255-262, 8 pp. 2003.
Publisher Festival Ljubljana
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Original language English
Type of outcome Proceedings paper
Field of Study Art, architecture, cultural heritage
Country of publisher Slovenia
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14210/03:00008537
Organization unit Faculty of Arts
ISBN 961-90466-7-6
Keywords in English sociology of music; musical theatre
Tags musical theatre, sociology of music
Changed by Changed by: doc. PhDr. Mikuláš Bek, Ph.D., učo 31408. Changed: 23/4/2003 20:39.
Abstract
The paper is based on an empirical sociological survey which was completed in autumn 2001. It focused on the musical taste or preferences and musical activities of the section of the population of the Czech Republic aged between 18 and 75 years. 1,056 questionnaires altogether were collected by a specialised research company, providing a safe representative sample of the total population (more than 8 million) of the country. Of the results achieved so far, the most striking is the prominent position which the musical has attained among audiences over the last decade. In fact, the musical is the most important musical phenomenon of the 1990s in the Czech Republic. Before 1989, when musical life was controlled by the state, it played only a marginal role. An infrastructure has been established for the music business. Largely centralised in the capital, networks of specialist agencies, theatres, and stars, recruiting mostly from the sphere of rock and pop, have quickly become established. If we focus on the reception of genres of music theatre, we can summarize by stating that the musical is supported by 54%, the operetta by 33%, and the opera by 23% of the population. The data available suggest that opera has become an increasingly exclusive social institution over the last two decades. It raises the question whether there is a connection between the decrease in popularity of the opera and the increase in the role of the musical. It is rather plausible to read the data as supporting evidence for a hypothesis that the musical is in part a replacement for the opera in the generation aged between 30 and 59. Opera remains popular only among people aged over 60.
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DA01P01OUK016, research and development projectName: Hudební posluchači v České republice.
Investor: Ministry of Culture of the CR, Music Listeners in the Czech Republic
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