TED Conversations

Steven Truong

TEDCRED 200+

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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?

+9
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Aug 15 2013: Regarding classical (long-ago or newly-composed) style music, it is not to the elite that it belongs. The listening of great music belongs to the masses, WHEN THEY GET THE OPPORTUNITY. Why would a composer be satisfied knowing only a few elite can hear his work? The masses often do not get the opportunity to hear this music due to high ticket prices (who wants to pay $60 to a symphony when they can take that same $60 and plunk it down on a highly-publicized pop icon performance) and also peer pressure. When the masses DO get the opportunity, they are normally in awe of what they witnessed. I have seen this time and time again, as long as the so-called classical music is performed well. A great performance is very much appreciated by untrained ears. (I may not know how to bake a great tasting piece of cake, but I sure know a great tasting piece of cake when I eat one.)

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.