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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: In a word: commercialism. The broadcast media have made the paradigm where music and commerce are codependent. Classical music knew no such conventionalization. Most classical music was written in its lengths to suit what is practical to be played live within the confines of two hours give or take. It will only come back if there is a new renaissance of live interest. It just isn't meant to sell tooth paste or car insurance.

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