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The funny thing about this topic of classical music being boring is that I tend to find pop music boring.

There are songs that I love such as Crazy by Patsy Kline, Sway by Dean Martin, One by U2, or Right Hand Hi by Kid Sister, but they're akin to eating cotton candy. I love cotton candy but I only eat it about once a year at the Del Mar Fair.

I'm not about to start claiming that one type of music is superior to another. On second thought, yes I am. I will run the risk of being perceived as arrogant, elitist, or just an all around jerk.

Once we develop a taste and understanding of classical music, The Dixie Chicks aren't going to cut it anymore.

Even a relatively obscure piece of classical music such as Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings does more for me than the last 20 years of pop, hip hop, and country music put together.

Allegro means quickly, playfully, or joyfully.

I'm not saying this is or even should be the case for everyone. I don't think anyone will change their mind about classical music if I just insult pop music.

I think people are turned off by classical music because of the way we experience it--in a room full of stuffy people, some of whom lose their patience if someone so much as tries to open a cough drop.

While I was watching that YouTube of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, I couldn't help but be amazed that everyone in the audience was just sitting there.

If that music was played for a room of three-year-olds, they'd be bouncing of the walls.

I wonder what would happen if audiences were invited to participate with classical music the way they do with rock 'n' roll.

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CurtainCall April 20, 2011 @ 10:22 a.m.

"I wonder what would happen if audiences were invited to participate with classical music the way they do with rock 'n' roll."

Have you ever watched one of those Andre Rieu specials on PBS? That's exactly what they do. The crowd sings, sways, and dances in the aisles. And it's all classical music -- well, 75% classical, 25% folk music. But it's all full orchestra. And the shows are huge events which sell out.

I'm sure Rieu makes purists break out in hives, but I think he's a genius. At the very least, there's a place for that kind of populism in classical music.


nan shartel April 20, 2011 @ 6:32 p.m.

ditto curtaincall...i think classical music was an interactive thing when it was written...


nan shartel April 20, 2011 @ 6:43 p.m.

and Garrett...give me the Foofighters and head banging rock once and a while and i'll live!!!

boring cotton candy it is NOT!!!!!!


one can appreciate many kinds of music not to the exclusion of all others

i love the brilliance of classical music but also the heart slamming redundancy of Rock and Roll


Garrett Harris April 21, 2011 @ 3:30 p.m.

Hmmm, I might have to rethink my opinion of Andre.

Get all the Rock 'n' Roll you want Nan, there's a place for it.

Perhaps I'll actually go look into performance practices as they've developed over time. I will say I doubt Franz Joseph II was moving much to Mozart!

Of course there's all the dance music that is now concert music...thinking mostly of the Strauss Waltzes that we sit and listen to.


nan shartel April 22, 2011 @ 12:13 p.m.


sweating to hammering drums....w00t!!!

and considering the popularity of rock music vis a vis classical many don't give a place to it (classical) which is a real shame...and an acoustic lost they may never know

and Rieu and his perfect outdoor venues is the spinmeister to bring in the public at large to enjoy classical...i love him on PBS and all of his talented crew!!!

Happy Easter Garrett ;-D


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