Why Classical Music is Still Relevant

Why classical music is still relevant

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Classical music has survived centuries and this longevity has proven the genre is not dead by a long shot. Over centuries these timeless pieces continue to be passed down from generation to generation. The classical genre has endured centuries of changes and trends, and yet continues to live on through modern musicians playing the original compositions.

Composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach are staples in musical history and most everyone still recognizes the most famous pieces, if not by name, then just by hearing a few notes.

Classical music may not be the front runner on the current weekly top 10 countdowns, but it still carries its own. It is still very much alive today and its relevance remains. Here are many ways classical music is still relevant and why it lives on:

  • Many religious hymns were written during the classical eras and are still very popular and sung today. Handel’s “Messiah” is one of the most recognized of classics, and his choral verse of “Hallelujah” in this piece is beyond famous.
  • Orchestras still grace concert halls and people pay to go see classical music played much like fans who pay to see a modern rock or pop concert. The classics are still played in many concert, opera halls and schools across the globe.
  • Many modern music pieces have used classical music as a base foundation. Modern songs are built upon the classics and even today still garners a lot of popularity. If not, often a clear influence is seen through new music. Many of today’s musicians are classically trained and this influence shows through in their work, even if they prefer to play other genres. Even several rock musicians have acknowledged their keen ear and appreciation for classical music.
  • Background music which is integrated in movies and often played during pivotal parts is commonly music which was originated in the classical eras.
  • Classical music is still broadcast. Many public and cable television stations still regularly run performances that consist of music from the classical eras. There are radio stations which still dedicate either entire stations or several programming hours relating to playing music from the Baroque, Renaissance and Classical periods. If people weren’t listening, these service providers would not be showcasing classical music.
  • College courses still teach classical music and contrary to popular belief many students still take “Music Appreciation” as humanity elective. This is typically not a required course for the majority of degrees (at least in the U.S.). When I worked in a registrar’s office, music appreciation sections would consistently fill, and this seems to indicate classical music still attracts interest amongst students today.

In today’s world there is a large diversity of music which exists. Much of it has evolved and grown as a direct result from the influence of classical music. While classical music no longer dominates the “popular” airwaves, it is still very much alive in other ways, perhaps demonstrating its timelessness.

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