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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: Why do you think it's ignored? I see A LOT of kids taking piano classes, playing in orchestras, etc. Symphony orchestras are alive and well. Teachers who teach classic music are not starving. My son's piano teacher has no space for new students. Here in Portland, there are festivals of classical music, there is a radio station that plays nothing but classical music. If someone performs a difficult classical piece somewhere in a public place, people stop and listen. I'd say, classical music is more popular than ever.
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      Jul 17 2013: Sorry, I should have clarified. When I say ignored, I mean generally. I agree with you in that classical music is definitely still alive and interesting to many- its not like there has been a genocide of classical musicians...and many institutions still exist! What I mean by "classical music is ignored" is that its influence in culture has dwindled due to various issues...and thats why I say that it is "ignored" But you are absolutely right in that it is still alive, its just that overall in society classical music has been consistently regarded as "boring" by many (depends on the piece really- since people pop in to listen if its nice...not like abstract and dissonant) and thus its been thrown aside
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        Jul 17 2013: There is no such thing as "generally" especially when we discuss musical tastes and preferences. I think, it has always been this way. It's like asking, "why Asian elephants live in Asia and not in other parts of the world?" If classical music were broadly popular, it would have been called "popular music" :-).

        In my view, classical music is like a foundation of the building - you don't see it or appreciate it, but it's there. Without it, the building would not stand. Another analogy is system-level software - the one that handles hardware operations. Many people design and use application software. System level software is for "geeks". Very few people design it or understand how it works, but EVERYONE uses it without even realizing it. And system-level software designers are paid big bucks for their skills - very much like virtuoso classical musicians, orchestra directors, ballet dancers, and opera singers.

        Classical masterpieces are frequently used as inspiration for pop music. Modern arrangements of classical pieces are often wildly popular.

        I like classical music, but it's not the type of music I enjoy in the background or while driving a car. First of all, it makes a HUGE difference to listen to it live. Hearing a live symphony orchestra or piano performance has no comparison to listening to a record of any quality. Even when listening to recorded classical music, it's best to sit down and LISTEN to it. Otherwise, it does not have any effect on me and can get annoying.

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