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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: it doesn't get airplay and it isn't sold to kiddies. maybe if the classical musicians all had floppy hairdos and skinny jeans and the female ones did ridiculous synchronised dancing in their underwear.

    even just a little product placement would help - you know, a violinist texting his girlfriend on the latest tablet or a concert pianist driving the latest sportscar..
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      Jul 17 2013: Haha good point - seriously we should have Yo Yo Ma play his cello while flooring a Bugatti while Hillary Hahn is partying like Rebecca Black in the back!

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