Essay On Classical Music

751 Words4 Pages
Classical Music: Is it Relevant or Not? Beethoven. Mozart. Chopin. Liszt. Handel. Bach. When one hears these names, what comes to mind? Classical music. What is classical music? According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, classical music is defined as “serious or conventional music that follow long established principles, more specifically, music written in the European tradition, when forms such as the symphony, concerto, and sonata were standardized”; but most people would associate it to background music or elitist music. Although classical music is considered irrelevant and boring, it serves as a historical record of the life and times of days past, a trainer for developing brains, and the foundation for all our contemporary music. Classical music serves as a historical record of the life and times of days past. It also has its own noble history like the rest of the music types and takes up a large chunk of the history of not just world…show more content…
First, almost all music today focuses on self-expression. Self-expression came from the romantic era in classical music where composers went from the strict format and composed according to their feelings. “Composers designed freely, relying on feelings rather than set musical law” (Little, 2014). Second, another classical music practice is the chorus. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, chorus is “a part of a song that is repeated after each verse, typically by more than one singer”. “The classical era first produced the chorus” (Little, 2014). This means that classical music influenced almost every genre of modern music. The most important of all is the classical music’s contribution to our foundations of music theory. The very tonality of music was developed from the beginnings of classical music. It was the time when music theorists figured out a way for music to be pleasant to our ears. If not for it, we would not be enjoying our music
Open Document