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The Avenger

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Subj: Re: Is classical music dead?
Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2022 at 05:50:02 pm EDT (Viewed 149 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Is classical music dead?
Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 at 11:48:48 am EDT (Viewed 186 times)

    If we say classical music is anything written for a symphony orchestra, then we're faced with what to say about heavy metal songs which have been adapted to a symphonic format. Example: Led Zeppelin's Kashmir.

When I think of metal & symphonic I always go to Metallica's S&M (Symphony & Metallica) and my favorite song from that project:

    We also need to remember that a great wealth of classical music has been written for a single instrument, or for two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine instruments.

I seem to remember listening to some string quartets in college, I had a music appreciation for beginners type of class.

It makes me think of this lady I found on YouTube, she's probably in no way classical since she's rearranging 80s tv theme songs on the cello:

And I keep seeing these guys, 2Cellos, updating rock songs. Or maybe downdating? I love to see the bowstrings come apart.

But I could really go off on covers from another genre. In the last couple of years I've been listening to a lot of pop songs redone in the bluegrass style. Speaking of string quartets.

    If we say classical is married to a certain era of history, then we're faced with what to say about young classical composers active today. Example: Alma Deutscher.

In theater, they always told us not to explain your work ahead of time. But it's great to see such a young artist with such a talent.

Which is why I love Bo Burnham.

    Like you said, movie scores seem like the modern equivalent. Usually written for an orchestra, usually instrumental pieces. They usually lack the verse-chorus structure of pop songs, featuring longer movements, character motifs and such. John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfman might be the modern Beethovens...


    In my opinion, they absolutely are!

One of my favorite performances of Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Of course Metallica used to open every concert with "The Ecstacy of Gold." They probably still do.


      Didn't some of the classical composers write their scores for operas and plays as well?


    I know Mozart definitely did. Also Stravinsky and Debussy both wrote ballets.

I know it's not classical, but one my favorite movies scores of recent years is Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy.


      Then you've got the Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Mannheim Steamroller keeping it alive.


    I'm listening to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as I type this! (Alexa is such a useful gizmo.) Where Led Zeppelin "classicalized" their rock songs, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra "rockified" classical works (with a great deal of artistic license). This is their take on (or response to) Beethoven's 5th symphony.

I always loved TSO's "Carol of the Bells."

And Walter Murphy's Beethoven's 5th. \:\)

    For some reason that piece made me think of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man", composed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1942, when the USA had recently entered World War II.

I mostly remember it was used in the end of "Predator" and McTiernan called it "Fanfare For the Common Mercenary." I don't know if it was a reworked version or just a library version. It doesn't seem to appear on Alan Silvestri's soundtrack for the movie.

But then, maybe classical will never die:

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