Classical Music Talk

April 20, 2010

Classical music enjoys a brief revival

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Vanessa Mae, Charlotte Church, Hayley Westenra, these are all names of popular musical stars that have been lingering around the top of the classical music charts these days. The type of music they play could be referred to as classical crossover music, a style that shows how the classical genre has changed in recent years. These days you will be hard pressed to find recitals of well known orchestral pieces at the top of the charts, the old classics can now be found on mixed relaxation CD’s, which help stressed out workers clam down for a minute or two after work.

Classical music forms do not enjoy the popularity that they once did, perhaps this is because it doesn’t really reflect the society we live in as well as it used to or that this particular genre isn’t given as much playtime on popular radio stations and television channels. Whatever the reasons, classical crossover music is helping to give this age old art form a rebirth in the public realm, with people both old and young buying CD’s of Charlotte church or downloading Sarah Mclachlan. Though you couldn’t say their music is a strictly of the western classical variety, but they have each individual has gone through the rigorous training in Western classical music theories, techniques and methods.

So what has created this sudden interest in classical music? Some believe that it may be a use of clever marketing and PR tactics, you don’t see Vanessa Mae wearing long conservative dresses during a performance, instead she is clad in tight revealing leather clothing and has been known for her open behavior during music video shoots. Whatever it may be it is working and it has made classical music relevant to today’s standards, people who wouldn’t pick up any CD with a violin in it now have a Vanessa Mae album in their collection.

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