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Steven Truong

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Why is it that classical music is now ignored by the majority of society?

Sure, classical music still exists and is still evolving with new compositions. However, this perennial genre of music has been evidently on the decline with the rise of other types of music that is unfortunately promoted over classical music. I understand that with new generations come new tastes due to media and pop culture, but classical music has been preserved prominently from the Baroque period (1600s) well into the Contemporary and Late Romantic era (late 1800s- 1970s ish). I feel as though classical music should be integrated into education (it is in orchestra, choir, band etc) as a core subject as art is necessary along with athletics to foster a well balanced student. Unfortunately, this antiquated music is left behind and I am afraid that it will one day vanish as the number of composers are dwindling. What are your thoughts on this?

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    Jul 17 2013: The first thought that came to my mind: because they haven't watched Benjamin Zander!

    But upon further analysis:

    1. Kids view classical music as old stuff. Perhaps listening to classical is sort of like going to an art museum and not as engaging as pop music, which they can dance and sing along to.

    2. A lot of the magic from classical comes from the instrument. The feeling of striking keys or strumming isn't necessarily available to everyone. Even if you could afford one, it might not be on your list up with gas and groceries.

    3. It's sort of hard to engage in a conversation about classical music without being very knowledgeable.

    Possible conversation:
    Me: I play piano.
    Joe: Oh I play piano too!
    Me: Cool! What's your favorite piece?
    Joe: Uh it's the one that goes dun dun dun ba dum. Nocturne Opus. (hmmm) Number (idk). But I know it's by Chopin!
    Me: Way to be specific about the piece... (walks away)

    4. Many people simply haven't discovered it. Their exposure is limited to Fur Elise and the Nutcracker.

    Just some reasons. Makes me sad writing this being a enthusiast myself.
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      Jul 17 2013: I totally agree with you on how its become old simply due to limited exposure to each coming generation, its just unfortunate that such a quintessential part of culture is being left in the dust.

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