The Secret to Classical Music: It’s Just Music

The Secret to Classical Music: It's Just Music - Culture - The Atlantic.

I think that musicians, especially performers, must regularly re-invent and renew their expressions of excitement and advocacy of classical music. The gap is wide between our (performers') understanding and love of the music we play, and the level of appreciation for it from most audience members. Yet however much we would like our patrons to educate themselves about the music, it is really our responsibility to make the connection to them.

Emphasis mine in quote below.

For decades, classical music has been in lugubrious decline. Classical music may be old, but it isn't for old men. The music survived because it is some of the best work humans have done in four centuries. For the thrill of a late-Beethoven trill, it's worth getting past the admittedly stuffy, stagey conventions.

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3 comments for “The Secret to Classical Music: It’s Just Music

  1. June 15, 2010 at

    Whose quote is that at the end of your post? I know the emphasis is yours, but whom are you quoting?

  2. June 14, 2010 at

    I was recently surprised at the end of a career day program in the nearby elementary school – "the children really seemed to like your music…is it NewAge?"I was recently surprised at the end of a career day program in the nearby elementary school – "the children really seemed to like your music…is it NewAge?"

    There didn't seem to be any need to explain that I am a classical musician. Of the two pieces she had just heard one was based on the opening to Bach's Bouree in A Minor and the other was, well, I guess new age because I had just written it the day before. To me they are classical or "great" music and to her they were NewAge.

    Classical music is always a rebirth each and every time it is performed.

    • June 15, 2010 at

      You said \”Classical music is always a rebirth each and every time it is performed. \” I like that.

      If someone likes what I do, they can call it grunge if they want to. Honest pleasure/connection in the music is the goal.

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