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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 6 2013: I admit that I completely fail to understand classical music. And since i do not understand I do not enjoy it. The reasons for this ignorance is basically lack of exposure to that kind of music. The cultural music forms a very insignificant part of the music popular in our country. If somehow cultural music finds a way into the mainstream music then it will be adopted by the majority otherwise it will continue to be the realm of the selected few.
    • Aug 16 2013: I think Classical is the Shakespeare of music. When you hear it, and think you don't get it, trust your gut instinct - it's usually right.

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