3 thoughts on “Classical Music: Out of the Mainstream?

  1. Mark says:

    While I would not use the terms Parental/Peer as your colleague did, I do agree that a marked shift has taken place. Where I vehemently disagree with her is that I do think it is a bad thing. To me it is evidence of cultural decline. Everything now — the good, true and beautiful — has become a matter of preference.
    Aesthetic judgments are indeed tricky, but it is not exclusively a subjective determination. Is something beautiful just because I like it? Or does it have some objective quality rooted in creation/nature that makes me recognize it as beautiful?
    Romanticism has played a key role in bringing about “the triumph of the therapeutic.” A therapeutic culture seeks to promote the efforts of the self to find fulfillment by throwing off “the light of nature” and the restraints of tradition, precedent and community.
    Our culture is reaping the whirlwind.

  2. Frank Dominguez says:

    I especially like the point you make about Romanticism playing a key role in the changes. It seems ironic to me that some of the very visionaries that we revere in classical music inadvertantly planted the seeds of an aesthetic that would one day minimize it. I’m not sure if you’d see it that way, but that’s what stands out for me: without Beethoven we would never have had Stravinsky on the one hand, or The Beatles on the other (betraying my own personal preferences here, but you get the idea).

  3. Mark says:

    Frank…There is a tremendous amount of cultural analysis that is way beyond the framwork of this blog to give answer the question at hand.
    But in a word, “who cares about classical music?
    I DO!

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