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Don Mills
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is it that classical music is now ignored by the majority of society?
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.)
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Don Mills
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why is it that classical music is now ignored by the majority of society?
People tend to ignore or tune out what they don't understand. As a long time vocalist, there are times when a piece is placed before us musicians that looks overly difficult, making it difficult for even experienced singers to "get into" the piece. However, what usually happens is that once the different parts of the number are put together, the beauty and excitement of the piece soon become evident. When we eventually perform the piece for an audience, that beauty and excitement is placed on the listener who gets to experience and appreciate it...and this is where the problem occurs. The typical audience of a classical piece is tiny compared to the larger population. People with no musical background inevitably say how beautiful the sounds are after the performance...they don't know why it was beautiful, they just know it WAS beautiful.