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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 16 2013: To realize why classical music is being replaced by the more urban genres we have to first realize what intrigued or rather attracted people to classical music in the first place. It is known that music relates to life and life to music, so you'd obviously like the mode of music that you can (or you think you can) relate to. But then what happens is commercialization... music was never about a string of symmetrical melodies it was much more- it was passion toil etc. etc. But nowadays passion, toil and all such emotions of altruism and stuff don't ring a bell... It is more about outlook and style.

    And lets be fair with it.. classical music is complicated. And when it comes to the opinion of the youngsters.. It would be a rare finding to see a youngster or adolescent go to attend a classical function by their own free -will, unless bribed for the same (or even reprimanded otherwise).

    Well here's a link to what i read on The Huffington Post- http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alexander-rankine/classical-music-young-people_b_2921810.html?just_reloaded=1
    Maybe this help. Cheers!
    • Aug 16 2013: Absolutely informative, Arijit, thanks for that article!
      I found it most poignant, that the writer said teens are sheep, and that they don't listen to classical music, because their peers don't.
      Although the majority is probably so, I simply can't imagine that ALL teens are incapable of individual thought and taste. Yesterday, I heard about a 24-year-old classical harpist, Remy van Kesteren, who just won the USA International Harp Competition. I was also happy to read this article in the Telegraph about 'Why Young People Still Care About Classical Music':
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/10209253/Why-young-people-still-care-about-classical-music.html
      I wonder, with the current pre-fab, artificial, pop-music culture, that young people are getting hungry for a musical counter-movement, taking them back to the roots of music - dynamics, acoustics, authenticity.
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        Aug 16 2013: "I wonder, with the current pre-fab, artificial, pop-music culture, that young people are getting hungry for a musical counter-movement, taking them back to the roots of music - dynamics, acoustics, authenticity. "

        Let's hope in some ways it does Lizanne...........how ya doin?

        Your comment brought to mind one of your very first TED convo's...remember?

        Although I, like many on here, enjoy classical music, the pop culture goes for what's in style....and what's in style, is a reflection of society as a whole.......what I notice is that as we get older we appreciate the finer things in life.............i.e "classical music". Of course, this is just my opinion, and my observations from my community.

        Other fine things in life..........family, friendships, wine, quiet time LOL

        Yesterday I heard an NPR show on why beer is slowly decreasing in it's popularity in America.
        The person being interviewed mentioned that as Americans get older, they go for the "fine" things in life.........wine being one of them. And what goes better with classical music, than a nice glass of wine?

        Oh, and a bubble bath.....

        http://magdalenaponsort.wordpress.com (15 dec.)
        • Aug 16 2013: Doin' great, Mary! (Kids just started school, daughter just turned 7, husband has a rotary cuff tear... busy busy busy!)
          Indeed, that conversation seems so long ago now - did you ever get an answer to your letter?

          What classical music needs, is to get 'back in style'. It seems to me to be associated with stuffy tweed-jacket-with-corduroy-elbow-pads-wearing intellectuals or high-society, when there is nothing stuffy about it! According to this, Classical music can be sexy!
          http://portable.tv/music/post/bach-the-casbah-a-guide-to-sexy-classical-music/
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        Aug 16 2013: YUP....some even seem to think that classical music is only for white people.....go figure.....

        That link you provided is superb.
        Boy, it would have been nice to sit in THAT audience!!

        School starts on Monday here.....we are all ready to go.....spent the week buying school supplies.

        Oh, and that reminds me, there is a teacher I know who plays classical music to the kids who have to stay after school in detention (elementary kids)......I don't know what to make of that.......I've never asked him if he does it to give the kids culture, or to torture them......I've always given him the benefit of the doubt.

        Classical music is really beautiful......I hope anyone reading through this conversation will be inspired to listen more to it.

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