Classical Music is enjoyable really. Why people used to really love it. We need to get back to those special times.
Enjoying music is good.
Why do people not like classical music?
One of the great divisions in our modern society is between people who like classical music and those who don’t.
There seems to be a particular aversion amongst young people towards the music of Mozart, Beethoven et al.
Recently the managers of some shopping centres that were being plagued by hordes of teenagers hanging around play fighting and causing general mayhem hit on a rather novel way of emptying their premises of the undesired hordes. They didn’t spray them with cold water, neither did they constantly harass them with officious security guards, or sprinkle them with pimple growing powder. The solution they came to, and one that emptied the shopping centre of all the adolescent squatters was to pipe in selections of classical favourites. The shopping centre instantly became too uncool for a teenage hangout, and the problem was solved.
This does beg the question though. Why do so many people dislike classical music?
If you ask on a street corner what the feelings are about the music of the great classical composers, the answers you are likely to get range from
"I don’t like that boring crap"
"That shit is only for snobs"
Why should that be?
Classical music is sexy, and fun.
I think there is a great problem in the perception of classical music in our society. What is more it comes from a misunderstanding of what it is really like, and this is being fostered by the classical music establishment, who do tend to overemphasise the "artiness" of music, while forgetting that originally it was composed to give pleasure to people, through listening to it, rather than provide them with topics of conversation that would set them above the "common herd".
When Handel was producing his operas in London in the eighteenth century, the theatres used to be besieged by punters trying to get tickets to see his latest offering. They were going along because they enjoyed music. They found it entertaining. They were not interested in throwing such terms as "andante" or "arpeggio" into their conversations. They just wanted to have a good night out.
In Vienna the operas of Mozart were oversubscribed. People sang the arias in the streets. People used to dance to the music of Strauss in the nineteenth century equivalent of today’s nightclubs.
If there was a particularly popular singer scheduled to perform in an opera thousands of people would unhook the horses from the carriage, and tow their idol to the theatre.
Franz Liszt was considered such a sex object that ladies used to faint at his concerts.
People used to really enjoy music in those days.
I remember seeing a film that was made of the dress rehearsal of Beethoven's Symphony no 3. This was in Vienna in 1804, (the rehearsal, not the film). The people who were listening were tapping their feet, and swaying to the music. To them it was something to enjoy, not some "uncool arty rubbish" to be dissected later, while sipping glasses of chilled chardonnay.
I would like to see music appreciation go back a bit to what it once was, before it became strangled with elitist labels.
Handel's Water Music was composed to add enjoyment to a boating trip, and his Music for The Royal Fireworks was composed for masses of people to enjoy as an accompaniment to a fireworks display.
Forget about elitism. Listen to classical music because it is first and foremost entertaining.
I would love to see the day when teenagers come running into a shopping centre, to hear brilliant classical music, rather than running out to avoid it.
I will post two videos with this of music that is definitely meant to be enjoyed rather than endured.
Imagine a summers day on the river.
This will get you dancing.
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