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Do you consider "classical" music to be inherently superior to "popular" music?
No, just a different form...........................................................
Music is a form of art which, like any other form, appeals to your senses. So, what makes music good or bad, superior or not, is one's opinion. I enjoy classical music as much as other genres. As we progress in time, new categories of music are created. In the 17th Century, there was only "classical" music. Today, we have a much wider choice. But I wouldn't go as far as to say that classical music is superior to any other kind. And if it is, it's in some people's mind and it could therefore be assimilated as a form of snobbism.
I really don't want to say that either form is "superior". However, part of the reason why I like Classical music is because it lasts. There are songs which were written centuries ago and are still known and loved. There is some popular music that has endured. However, modern composers are often encouraged to write music with a shelf-life (something that will top the charts for only a few weeks).
It is possible that Mozart and Verdi were encouraged to do the same thing (I don't know because I wasn't around back then!). However, I don't see some of today's songs ever becoming as universally known as "La donna è mobile" or the Habanera from Bizet's "Carmen".
I see pop music as something that was born out of classical music. It generally follows the same rules in terms of theory and technique. There are some differences in vibrato and expression, but if you study how baroque music led to classical, how classical led to romantic, and so forth it becomes obvious that pop was the next logical progression after music began to really branch out in the early part of the rock-and-roll era. Classical has been around longer and has built a stronger reputation. That may change two or three centuries from now. I wouldn't call one or the other superior anymore than I would call a child superior to his mother or vise versa. Improv genres like jazz and bluegrass, on the other hand, are easier to contrast with classical because they have entirely different rules, or rather a lack thereof.
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