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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 24 2013: About 3% of the radio stations are classical according to a 2004 report. I grew up listening to rock in the 60's. It is the sound track of my life and I have many memories associated with it. So rock was popular when I was listening to it in the 60's and people such as myself are still listening today. It's a memory thing. That is one big difference between classical and pop music.
    Also classical music is more composer based then performer based. It is hard for the non professional listener to tell the difference between a Mozart Symphony performed by the Los Angeles Orchestra and the same symphony performed by another professional orchestra anywhere in the world. Lastly, classical is not new. New is exciting, at least when you are young. New is discovery, New is happening. Classical is by definition old. And the old , probably because they have purchased everything they already need, are not so important to advertisers as the young.; and as a result there are more radio stations supported by more advertisers trying to reach those young ears. All this said, there is nothing so beautiful as Chopin's Nocturnes.
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      Jul 24 2013: This perspective is a very valuable one.
      Thank you for sharing it.

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