- 1. What is the meaning for you when you hear classical/academic music? I don't consider classical/academic music to be different from any other kind of music. I could probably find pieces/songs in any genre that I like, just like I could find some that I don't like.
- 2. Do you like it? Why? This depends quite a lot on the piece or song. For example, I love "Moonlight Sonata" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King", but I have a hard time listening to "Ave Maria" and "Flight of the Bumblebee."
- 3. Would you be willing to experiment and hear from composers you have never heard before? Sure, why not?
- 4. Simple v. Complex music? (take this question any way you want) It always depends on which mood the piece is trying to convey. I can hardly imagine "Moonlight Sonata" to be filled with fast arpeggios, and "Flight of the Bumblebee" wouldn't work if you took the arpeggios out of it.
- 5. Would you change anything in the format of the classical concert? I think this is a tough question, especially with artists/composers blurring the line between classical and modern music. In a faithful representation of Beethoven's 5th, it would be awkward to see people going crazy, but people wanted to headbang when Metallica played with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which is absolutely fine by me. I guess being a little bit less formal might not be the worst idea for traditional orchestras playing rearranged versions of modern songs or film and videogame soundtracks, either.
First thanks a lot for the input. It's very helpful.
However, I have a doubt on your opinion. Just to be clear, would it be wrong if musicians were a little less formal when they play Beethoven's 5th Symphony? Not just modern music (like film or videogame), but all music?
You're welcome. As I said before, I think this question is hard to answer.
I guess what I meant is that the formality of the orchestra might aswell reflect the event, instead of being all formal all the time. For example, wearing fracs is completely fine for gala banquets and such, but I wouldn't mind if the orchestra's dress code were less formal if they played for a younger audience that is not typically involved in classical music, even if they played Beethoven's 5th in both cases. Similarly, if you're playing with Metallica, you should expect the audience to be metal fans in jeans and t-shirts, so why not add some heavy metal to the orchestra's dresses? That said, I'd always expect some uniformity in the orchestra's dress code, tough.
1. What is the meaning for you when you hear classical/academic music? Meaning? I really don't know. But to make me feel something-happyness/sadness/confused...etc
2. Do you like it? Why? I enjoy classical music because it helps me focus when I do work that requires a lot of though (like science hw). It's also a good tool for escapism. And it's enjoyable to listen to
3. Would you be willing to experiment and hear from composers you have never heard before? Yes. All composers were at some time new.
4. Simple v. Complex music? (take this question any way you want) Both. There are times when one is better then the other and vice versa.
The dressing code, the space where the recital is given, the expected behavior of the audience, the way music is presented ... all those things that are not music but they play a roll at the moment of playing music.
For example, the fact that musicians are most likely to play with frac or in black colors and there is a very definite line between the interpreters and the public. Just to name one.
I would definitely leave the space unchanged b/c of the acoustics (assuming the designated place already has the necessary acoustics for the performance).
I would leave the expected behavior of the audience as is b/c I like to get lost in the performance and forget that the audience is there.
As far as dress code and music presentation is concerned, I'm always up for something unexpected. I've been to great recitals before and enjoyed them quite a bit, but I would like to go and see something unexpected but brilliant more often.
Hm, that still sounds expected to me (military dress with military/war pieces). I guess I'm talking about something really out there. Something abstract. Something open-ended. Kind of like how some writers leave certain questions unanswered or certain things undefined so that it can be left up to the interpretation of the reader.
I think it'd be great to open up the atmosphere to the audience a bit more so that they have more room to let their imagination create the scene that the music sets. Your attire could even give them something to contemplate while they listen. "What is the message here, and what is the music saying about it?
1. brings to mind "the four seasons" and number of different works by Bach and such.
2. depends on what emotions are behind the music. I don't like pieces that feel like they are dragging on and on and on or ones that feel static, that lack life or ones that just seem overplayed.
3. very much so I like finding new musicians/composers/bands
4. I like both for different reasons. if a piece is simple yet has a nice beat or has a neat feal to it sure. If the piece is complex yet unleases powerful emotions than I will enjoy it as well. Its more of a manner of 'do I like the song' than other factors.
Well, sure. 'classical music' per se is a wrong term. I think Bernstein did a superior job when he adopted the word 'exact'. Since, the real difference is that that kind of music is written on a paper and it should be played as exactly as possible as the composer intended, whereas rock, pop, R&B or any other genre not [link] . However, I do agree it is a bit too formal. It gives me a lot to think of. So thanks a lot for it
It brings a very interesting point I would like to go further in it. As a rethorical matter, would the audience would be really fond of hearing film and gaming music in a 'classical concert'? I will try that once.
1) Classical music, for me, tends to be the most "narrative" music in that I get the sense there's a story to be told when I listen to it. Due to the obvious lack of (discernible) vocals, I'm able to project my thoughts onto the songs and imagine the stories being told. Of course if it's music actually written with a story in mind, then I can just imagine my own take on said story.
2) I love classical music because of the narrative qualities I mentioned before. The possibilities of classical music in film, theater, and animation amaze me (I grew up with the classic Carl Stalling scored Looney Tunes so I learned to appreciate the power of musical timing).
4) Both simple and complex music have their functions and I can certainly say I like both.
Actually it's all the way around. But it would be nagging and absurd from me if I insist in asking you why is that. Let me explain. Because, even me as a classical musician have trouble sometimes going to classical concerts. I don't know why exactly, and that's paradoxical from me. However, I would like to know what can I give to anyone so that they would enjoy, as much as I do playing as possible, a classical concert.
That's the whole point is: (and take this just as a rethorical question) How can I get you to go to a classical concert? You know? (again, rethorical)