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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 31 2013: Well.Your question and topic is catchy.The classical music is among the first musical composition of the human being before any other kind.However, time , attitude , thoughts change, people started to look for something new and more creative and be a king or a queen of that thing such as Lady GAGA , Rihanna...ect they do all change the style of music and people do like this change that's why classical music is neglected and marjenalised.They are endoctrinate and intered in a cercle in which they don't accept something 'has been' and they always ask for more and for better.That's my point of view
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      Aug 3 2013: Nooooo.... the dude that invented a prehistoric lyre out of a mammoth bone was way, way, way more one of the first musical compositions and the dude or dudettes to start strumming strings were a far, far second and classical music is among the MOST RECENT "of the human being before any other kind."

      What about Prehistoric music? What about Ancient music? What about all the other types of music my trusty Wikipedia tells me about?

      My real point is that his question is a non-question, because the term classical is totally relative and therefore totally irrelevant. They put the most "classical" music on Voyager and they put some recent stuff, too. It'll all be classical whenever it gets to whatever life forms they were sending it out to. NO ATTACHMENT TO DUST.
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          Aug 3 2013: Thanks for the suggestions.

          I know what Classical music is; the Wikipedia page had all the terms you began with and I'm aware tat they are what traditionally are considered

          ELO's classic rock hit of Beethoven's Fifth is not classical in same sense of Beethoven's Fifth.

          I almost used a Canon in D remix by I forget who that I have as a Pandora station. I don't need to do a YouTube search to know that there are myriad variations on a theme.

          I will listen to Martin Lauridson. Was what "though I suspect have not reached you" supposed to mean?

          I'm aware that the music genome project would classify pieces written last week and pieces written centuries ago, as similar 'genetically.'
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          Aug 5 2013: May I remind you, Rob Harvey, that sometimes a scream is better than a thesis (Emerson).

          There are things in the human soul that classical music does not express at all, let alone better, than some of the "cultural degradation indicated by the later music." There are things that jazz does, or the blues, or rock 'n roll, whatever, that classical music cannot do. The reason why, is that they are not a deformed, lesser offspring of classical music (as an elitist might assume), but they are offspring, they are their own selves, descendants of classical music, but their own persons.

          Apples and oranges.

          "The cultural degradation indicated"? Do you not think that some form of music might yet spring from all that genres of music that have come into being so far that is better? And wouldn't that something be made possible through the contribution of the genres before it?

          I'm familiar with the layout of traditional symphony orchestras. What I do not know is where the chair is on which you stand to throw rotten fruit at those forms of music deemed culturally degenerate?

          It is the birthday of Louis Armstrong. He famously said of jazz, "Man, if you have to ask what it is, you'll never know." It has something beyond words, and when you pass beyond words, how is one to say if one form is better than another?

          The drinking water metaphor seemed muddled to me. One doesn't really prefer perfectly clean water for drinking, most bottled water has minerals added to it to provide a distinct flavor. Coca-Cola spent incredible amounts of money to develop the particular mineral ratios in Dasani, for example. Perfectly clean water (which no one drinks) is not the same as all sorts of 'clean' (itself a vague, ambiguous term) water.

          And did we worry when Picasso was painting that everyone was ignoring Titian?

          So why fear classical music is now being ignored by the majority of society.
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          Aug 5 2013: I do agree that modern music on the Voyager would not be considered classic just because it had grown old with time. That was the wrong way to go about my argument and was definitely an erroneous statement for me to make.

          I also happened to watch "The Late Quartet" today and really enjoyed the glimpse it provided into what classical music can be and how much must be put into performing it, let alone composing it. All this was fresh on my mind when I responded. Obviously, it did not altar those or my previous opinions in any regard.

          Maybe the majority of society don't ignore classical music so much as they disdain the elitist atmosphere it exudes. They are simply repelled by the noxious air of superiority of those who believe that "Still today, children raised on Baroque, Classical & Romantic era music, as well the medieval Latin sacred music will find success in life easier."
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          Aug 5 2013: Alright, I'm not comfortable with way you are arguing or the generalizations you are making. Let's just agree to disagree. We've strayed off topic and I don't think we are being objective.

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