Friday, May 13, 2005

The Death of Classical Music? - open discussion

The following article gives food for thought about the state, goals, and outlook for classical music today.
True, the "death knell" has been sounding for some time now - is it really rattling its last few breaths? I would like to hear from those of you who are regular listeners AS WELL AS casual listeners. As a radio host, it is my job to bring peopl what they want to hear - do people even WANT to hear classical anymore?

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Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Ahhhh music!

I am in love with music. I enjoy several styles and while I don’t believe that classical music will die, there are a couple of styles I do wish would die. I’ve done my part over the years, but alas they still exist.

While I don’t listen to classical often, I don’t dislike it and I do enjoy some now and then. I tend to throw a CD into the player that goes with the mood. Sometimes, and this will make everyone cringe, I even have a Yanni mood. I can admit that with a straight face even!

Last night I took in a performance from a small orchestra and when I got into my car to leave, I left the Nazareth CD in and was just as content.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I don't think classical music is dying as much as it is changing. We have to keep in mind that Beethoven and Bach were contemporary (even, dare I say, alternative or progressive?) in their time. It's sort of like how you can hear '80s pop music on the oldies stations these days. Oldies? I thought that was supposed to be from the '50s and '60s. But the '80s were 20 years ago...that's old. So maybe someday Glen Miller will be classical, or George Winston. And it doesn't even have to be limited to instrumental music. The word "classical" is derived from "classic", which is equated with something that is timeless or lasting. Beethoven is classical, and classic, because his music has lasted for so long. If people are still listening to Norah Jones or Simon and Garfunkel or Bruce Springsteen or U2 100 or 200 years from now, perhaps they will be considered classical. (But even though I own Fantasies & Delusions, I have to wonder about Billy Joel!)

I'm no expert on classical music; I don't have the book knowledge, and only a little practical knowledge of music at all. But I do listen to music that I enjoy, which includes classical if that's the mood I'm in.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

I certainly hope classical music never dies. I think there are still enough people out there who love it. Of course, I was raised on it. My mother always played classical music on the piano, we had records of classical music, and everyone in the family, except Bucky, studied classical music on atleast one instrument.

If someone's trying to kill classical music then I'll be there fighting for it!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Opera Gal said...

whats up with that Buckster, anyway? ah...its all good. I just talked to a 24-year old girl through email who started her vocal training doing classical (she does pop music now) but STILL listens. thats all i ask. just listen. :) even when I go out of format like this week. (laughs)

8:49 PM  

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