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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 15 2013: People tend to ignore or tune out what they don't understand. As a long time vocalist, there are times when a piece is placed before us musicians that looks overly difficult, making it difficult for even experienced singers to "get into" the piece. However, what usually happens is that once the different parts of the number are put together, the beauty and excitement of the piece soon become evident. When we eventually perform the piece for an audience, that beauty and excitement is placed on the listener who gets to experience and appreciate it...and this is where the problem occurs. The typical audience of a classical piece is tiny compared to the larger population. People with no musical background inevitably say how beautiful the sounds are after the performance...they don't know why it was beautiful, they just know it WAS beautiful.

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