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Ian Moore 07-25-2014 02:17 AM

If it is not immediately relevant to (young) people, they regard it as boring! They don't have to listen to it properly.

Ian Moore 07-25-2014 02:27 AM

I am not even sure if people are aware that anybody who watches certain adverts, plays video games, listens to radio (esp adverts), watches or takes part in sporting events, listens to national anthems, goes shopping (background music in certain stores), watches certain wrestling matches(!) is listening to either a direct form or some derivative of classical music.

Celladorina 07-25-2014 03:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Ian Moore (Post 1472467)
If it is not immediately relevant to (young) people, they regard it as boring! They don't have to listen to it properly.

I enjoyed classical from about 18-19 years old. It is a refined taste but nothing beats an beautiful piano solo.

Ian Moore 07-25-2014 05:32 AM

It can be a refined taste if you sit and listen to it, seriously. However, there is a lot of classical(/classical style) music that is just part of the wall of music sound that people don't even notice. How many football(soccer) fans would revile at the thought of listening to classical music but are subjected to it when they are chanting support to their football teams. Especially in Italy. The champions league soccer has its own 'classical styled' theme tune. Many sports teams are introduced with classic music. It's part of the irony of life.

Hibiki Itano 08-06-2014 08:13 PM

Actually, YES! People keep on researching, recording, performning and studying classical music. So I must say classical music is still alive!

Zack 08-12-2014 09:35 PM

The poll needs some in between options.

No, music in the classical/art tradition is not as "relevant" to contemporary audiences as pop, rock, edm, dub, folk, metal, etc.

If you ask the average Joe what dubstep is, they say "Wub wub wub." If you ask them about Rock, the list their five favourite bands. If you ask them about "classical," they A. think that only means Bach and Mozart, and that nothing has happened since, and B. don't listen to it.

Usually, when I DO find someone who likes classical, they either mean Howards Shore and Hans Zimmer (Close, but musicologically it's really pop) or they mean bach chorals and Moonlight Sonata.

Anything aside from big-name period composers is relegated to those who really love to explore music. But then, the same is true of art-oriented music in all genres. Everyone knows Metallica, but how many people listen to Maudlin of the Well or Katafalque? Sure, Kanye's big, but Aesop Rock (still big) has a much more niche following. Miles Davis is a household name, but can we say the same of Angelica Sanchez?

So, no, "classical" music is not relevant like J Beebs, but yes, it is relevant like any other form of music that benefits from more active listening, and which sometimes requires acclimation.

zootallures 08-17-2014 08:10 PM

hecck yes! i listen to it when i am home all the time,daily.

Dylstew 08-23-2014 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Zack (Post 1478242)
The poll needs some in between options.

No, music in the classical/art tradition is not as "relevant" to contemporary audiences as pop, rock, edm, dub, folk, metal, etc.

If you ask the average Joe what dubstep is, they say "Wub wub wub." If you ask them about Rock, the list their five favourite bands. If you ask them about "classical," they A. think that only means Bach and Mozart, and that nothing has happened since, and B. don't listen to it.

Usually, when I DO find someone who likes classical, they either mean Howards Shore and Hans Zimmer (Close, but musicologically it's really pop) or they mean bach chorals and Moonlight Sonata.

Anything aside from big-name period composers is relegated to those who really love to explore music. But then, the same is true of art-oriented music in all genres. Everyone knows Metallica, but how many people listen to Maudlin of the Well or Katafalque? Sure, Kanye's big, but Aesop Rock (still big) has a much more niche following. Miles Davis is a household name, but can we say the same of Angelica Sanchez?

So, no, "classical" music is not relevant like J Beebs, but yes, it is relevant like any other form of music that benefits from more active listening, and which sometimes requires acclimation.

From what I've heard at the moment, it's not really my cup of tea, but I do really respect the genre. There's other genres I definitely don't respect.
But I dunno, I hope that when I'm older, I've explored all kinds of different music, including classical. Right now my priorities are at Punk, Rock and Metal though. But I'm 17, I still have plenty of artists to listen to. I think I'll be starting with either Blues or Jazz when the time comes.

Mr November 08-26-2014 07:16 PM

Classical music might be more relevant in the modern era then it ever has been before. How many schools have a program dedicated to its practice and performance? How many university's offer programs dedicated to writing and performing music, focussed on classical methods? How many cities have multiple orchestras? Then there's all of the radio channels specifically dedicated to it, and an entire industry of film scoring based in the classical tradition.

Western musical tradition still produces almost everything printed in staff notation, whether it was written in staff notation or not.

The other thing about classical music, is that as we move forward, contemporary classical music in informed by a whole new set of perimeters... in the past it often took themes from folk music, and now classical music has spread all over the world and is being informed by every other genre or culture......

So basically - yes - classical music is still relevant.

Noblesse 09-01-2014 04:04 AM

I salute to the geniuses of classical music, because without them, there'd only be pretty pop, hippety hop and other modern noises we get subjected to on a daily basis.

As long as there's Scala, as long as there's Vienna's annual winter ball -there shall be classical music..


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