Why the divide between music that is classical, and its more contemporary forms? Take it from me, it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other… it’s just music.
Many people shy away from classical music the same way they do fine art or quality wine. It seems an art form that you need to know something about in advance to enjoy it. I admit I have a hard time understanding this sentiment. To me, classical music is a simple experience – just sit back, listen, and take in your emotional response. Where, when appreciating abstract painting, for example, it helps to know painters were attempting to better depict reality by trading in traditional images for abstract, there’s no similar historical detail anyone really needs to enjoy any form of music.
If you don’t believe me, get along to a show by the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) sometime. Incidentally, the Sydney based orchestra from time to time collaborate with Radio Head’s Jonny Greenwood. Need anymore be said on the subject?