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The lack of "Common practice"

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1 hour ago, ferdi9749 said:

Whenever someone argues with me, stating that classical music is boring, I often make him notice that is not the music to be boring, but its setting...and in the end  always show them I am right.

The problem is that there is SO MUCH music that can be called "classical music" that you'll always find something that you like if you look. The problem like you said it's all the associations the name has.

 

1 hour ago, ferdi9749 said:

Why people should go to concerts if they can listen to first class performers directly at home?

This is my main argument when talking about modern and experimental music. That stuff only really works if you're right there to experience it live, specially if it's stuff that has different sounds or other effects that you can't really get from a recording. Best example is Ligeti's Atmospheres. Anyone who hasn't heard that live cannot really get very far with just a recording, no matter how good. There's stuff that just happens when you hear it live that you can't record, the acoustic effects and just the sheer mass of sound, it's awe inspiring.

 

This is the same problem Organ music has, specially stuff from Vierne or Messiaen. It's stuff that just can't really be recorded, the sound is much more complex than any reduction would allow. When people experience stuff like that it reaches them in a way a recording never could and that's why I try to go to as many concerts where I know there's no proper recording possible. This specially is true of stuff like Bach's organ music, much of which I think is pretty amazing live, but in recordings it's quite hard to hear.

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I imagine 18th and 19th century audiences were more unruly. And that's just from their clothing and general discomfort! Since live music was the only music they knew, they must have developed a certain Blase attitude, maybe even boredom due to familiarity, at least for the aristocracy.  Today going to a concert is such a treat that it seems fitting that we put it on a pedestal and recognize it for the gift that it is.

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Please accept  this bit of humor and levity. It's on topic!

 

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