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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 6 2013: It's a matter of money, and profit. Also has I red above, a matter of sex appeal.
    Classic music does not appear in sexy and explicit behaviours. It's also a racial issue. Brands use music to communicate with the masses. The masses are less independent in tastes, and more influenced. Also is connected with education. With family behaviours and identity. Also the cool culture left classical music behind, and classical music is not a prime time event. Classical musical does not apply to the Super Bawl. We are dealing with a world crisis. It's global and transversal.
    • Aug 12 2013: Your language proves my point about elitism and "classical" music.
    • Aug 16 2013: I agree, Patricia, that all these things - money, commercialism, sex appeal, upbringing - play a big role in the popularity of classical music. I also think there are, like Bryan says, some 'out-there' classical composers who are stretching the boundaries of music in order to create something new out of a genre that is fine the way it is, ala: 'Don't fix it if it ain't broken'.
      Sadly, classical music, as well as just about any other non-mainstream genre, has it hard these days. When is the last time you heard about an awesome new jazz fusion combo? Music has been lowered to a level that does not intrigue its listeners. It's like you say, all about money and profit. Classical music has the ability to make people think, send chills down their spines, reminds them of those the miss, conjures up emotions they don't feel like feeling. I don't agree that it is elitist, though. Just because certain people are not aware of classical music, doesn't mean they wouldn't appreciate it if they heard it. This is indeed where upbringing comes in. Not all of us were brought up with a wide range of musical genres.

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