Classical Music Vs. Modern Music

1001 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
“A loose expression for European and American music, of the more serious kind, as opposed to popular folk music,” is the ‘Classical Music’ definition according to the New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (Houghton Mifflin Company). It appears that finding a common description for a musical phenomenon, that’s been around since the Medieval Period, is much easier said than done. I must admit that prior to taking this course, I fell victim to assuming all classical music is dense and contained very little diversity. However, after understanding and applying fresh knowledge of the subject, I began to see differences. During my research, I partially expected to find that classical music is unpopular and that society has great disinterest in any form of it. I also expected to find that millennials and baby-boomers would have opposite views on whether classical music is archaic and decaying. The quick poll I conducted revealed eight out of ten people said classical music isn’t dead and six of those eight were millennials. Fortunately, I was surprised by some of the evidence I encountered. By the very definition, classical music can be broad and versatile. It is hardly logical to assume that something so old cannon evolve over time. First, I will address the notions that classical music is deceased, or at least, on its last legs. Symphony orchestra attendance is on a decline in the United States. CNN’s Charlie Albright reported that in 2012, 8.8% of Americans went to a musical…
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