The title of this post made me laugh – it is one of the straw men arguments described in The Guardian in an article about the Five Myths of Contemporary Classical Music – its worth a read & I only use the straw man description not because I necessarily disagree with anything they say, but rather that in my case at least its a slightly pointless debate. In my youth I had no real interest in classical music – contemporary or not, and its only as I grew older & a little more open minded that I started to appreciate the different styles & approaches and slowly found individual composers that appealed to my sensibilities. You can lead a horse to water etc just as you can load as much music on someones iPod as you like, but they will only actually engage with it as and when they are ready to. And as with anything outside the mainstream, many aren’t – you only need to turn on a TV set to appreciate that an awful lot of the mainstream media is absolute mid rotting dreck….
But the flip side to that concept is that for every Bjork fan who hates classical music, little do they know that eg Arvo Part has obviously been a big influence on her as a composer. So even if the sheeple aren’t ready to investigate such high brow music (and may never be) they may well already be enjoying its influence… And of course film scores are also a means by which classical, orchestral and even otherwise avante garde music is snuck into their waking lives. In fact for anyone who does not have any direct interest in classical music, their most likely exposure to orchestral music will likely be via film scores…
So theres no conclusion, other than that I do like me a squeaky gate – whether its actually just a squeaky gate, or its a description of a piece of music that made me smile….
Also linked from that Guardian article is another Contemporary classics: what are the composers’ favourite works?
And lastly, from the comments to my previous post about slowed down bird recordings, sincere thanks to Lee for the tip of this incredibly beautiful piece of music: