Is Classical Music Really Dying Out?

Guest Post by PARMA Intern Alycia B.

Browsing the internet recently, I found an article about how technology, specifically the internet, is helping classical music gain popularity again. The tagline of the article read “Net a lifeline for a dying art?” Is classical music really a dying art? The way I see it, classical music has and will always have an air of omnipresence.

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“Classical” music hasn’t always been what we see it as today. There was once a time when Gregorian chants were the only form of music that the general population could listen to, and they had to go to church to hear it. Then “classical” music went through a variety of changes – the Renaissance period, the Baroque period, the Classical period, and the Romantic period – where the music changed from strictly religious and emotionless (save for the glory of God) to secular and about the feelings the music evokes.
History lesson aside, we’ve come to rest in a time called the Contemporary period. It’s almost identical to the Romantic period (being that it’s about emotions that the music induces). However, before, there was a set of rules that most composers followed to make music sound good. In the Contemporary period, all of those rules have been tossed to the wayside. So “classical” music, as we refer to it, has been changing for this extended amount of time and it will continue to change. So what’s next?

Although this may not be the future of “classical” music, this is how classically trained musicians are adapting. “Classical” music is not a dying art – it’s an ever-changing art. There are elements that will never go away – think of what movies would be like without music in them. If you think of your favorite movie, I’d be willing to bet that there are at least two “classical” tracks on the soundtrack.
“Classical” music may be considered a fading light in the music industry, but it is a light that will never disappear completely.

One thought on “Is Classical Music Really Dying Out?

  1. Classical music is evolving but at some point, like anything, it changes so much it no longer is what it started as. For example, the blues-> Big Band-> now pop and rock. What concerns me is what a NY Times article suggested, music history not the centerpiece in schools it once was. This thought OOZES irony: here we are a 24-hour, hyper-obsessed music society in every way except that we can't tell you why we like a song (not lyrics) or where it came. The result is a total abandon of genres lost in time and talent musicians who are restrained in creativity.

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