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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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  • Aug 5 2013: Are you certain classical music wasn't "ignored" in the period spanning 16th-20th century? This is the period during which classical music was popular, according to popular belief.

    In order to clarify my question, consider the following.

    Classical music was never the "popular" genre. I suggest that, perhaps, it's the sheer quality of the music that enabled it to survive the ages, being analyzed again and again by people that are in love with music, while the "pop" music of a certain age simply didn't pass the test of time.
    By quality, I refer to the sheer geniousness, creativity, skill and knowledge that springs from the classical pieces.

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