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What Happened to Classical Music?

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What Happened to Classical Music? Umaar Mirza Art and Business of Recording Mid term paper March 26, 2002 Chapters 1. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Pg. 3 2. Why Isn't Classical Music popular anymore? Pg. 4 3. What is Modern Classical? Pg. 5 4. What is Mainstream? Pg. 6 5. My Proposal Pt. I Pg. 8 6. My Proposal Pt. II Pg. 9 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Attending the Chicago Symphony Orchestra made me think of many things, one of these things was genius. For a man to write an entire symphony he has to have quite a high IQ. To write a piece that mends so many instruments together in such beautiful harmony and make such beautiful music really is a talent that I would love to have. I now see why the greats such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc. are considered full fledged geniuses. But while I was there I began to ponder some things such as why is this not a sell out crowd? Sure it is a Tuesday night but that never stopped anyone from selling out a performance. What has happened to this beautiful art from, it seems to have gone from the top of the music food chain to somewhere in in between. Many people wonder if Classical music can ever be as huge as it was hundreds of years ago. ...read more.

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It is usually said that music composition is a scientific process, not an aesthetic one. From this belief stems the academic composers' reluctance to write "commercial" music. It is because of this type of mentality that people have that that music isn't allowed to evolve as fully as it could. In a way I guess you could say that any music that seems to be "scholarly" can't be as creative as it wants too. And this does not just apply to only classical music, but to any others as well. Then there is the theory that modernism and moving away from tradition is the reason for empty concert halls because many people won't want to accept that the way a contemporary composer does his music is modern classical. But once again, indirectly those who did mess around with different forms of music with their compositions, these people may have started a bit of the techno revolution as well. The public did not accept it at first, but in these days nobody gets surprised when they here a remix of a song, with vocals, and some instruments that are enhanced in the studio, with some added electronic beats and loops to it. It is a very mainstream trend with such artists as Paul Oakenfold to Ja Rule remixing many songs for artists. Then when somebody hears a remix they are interested in hearing the original version, and they will either try to find it, or recognize it in a film, tv show, or even a commercial. ...read more.

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Now I am not saying that I don't like the tuxedoes and black gowns that the performers wear. I believe that when I go to the Concert Hall they should always wear that, because it appears a lot more professional to many. What if they joined a high profile tour such as Moby's Area:One, Ozzy Osbourne's OzzFest. This may appear to be quite a ludicrous idea right now, but it might work. Sure many people may look at, say, the Boston Pops Orchestra's set as a reason to go to the bathroom and check out the gift shop. But many people might be interested and get swept up in the music like their ancestor's did hundreds of years ago. If this could get pulled off then I truly believe that it would be one of the greatest feats in music history. Bringing back music of the past is nothing new. Remember the Swing boom a few years back? And this was traditional swing and the occasional pieces of music that had some modernism to it. If one could have swing come back, and even a latin boom, then why not classical? A young child who watches Star Wars, and he wants to buy the soundtrack so he can be Luke Skywalker to it. But what about the meaning behind many classical pieces? Pieces that composers wrote about sorrow, heroism, happiness, and love. If a child knew the story behind a song would he not love it more? Explore the meaning, and explore classical music, it can be done. ...read more.

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