Time and time again, someone will write an article about classical music being dead or dying. My own article on the subject will be because I think it’s due to money and affordability.
Somewhere along the lines, something as simple as no one owning a piano has made classical music inaccessible to people. And compare music such as Mozart and Chopin on the technical abilities of the performer to have, and I think… classical music becoming virtuoso over the genres has induced the decline of musical abilities in people; or at least the requirement of years of training to be able to perform those pieces has increased to the point that it’s an unreasonable expectation.
Plus, advances in music devices has also contributed to no longer needing to play an instrument to create music. How many of my friends who are performers can’t read any sort of notation, but use the computer to make their beats and re-hashing other people’s music via “sampling”?
I know how to play the flute, piano and have studied classical composition for a number of years. Playing music, from my point of view, makes for better appreciation.
To play in an orchestra, one must go to a great (hence expensive) music school. Once that billed is acquired and the student has a degree, they’ll audition for an orchestra. A low-tier one, however! Then they’ll bide their time until they can move up the ladder of orchestras until they’re paid over $100k a year at a top-tier ones. If they make it there~
And no one wants to be in a low-tier orchestra of course… and it costs money for any city or state to have a top-tier orchestra with the proper budget to get the well-known soloists or conductors. The Minnesota Orchestra used to be considered near the top-tier elitists with the average salary being $135,000. It used to be so, now the management and musicians have been locked out for over a year and counting. No music in the newly renovated orchestra hall. The musicians themselves, after failed negotiation attempts have created their group to continue playing by raising their own funding…
Somehow with the decline of interest in classical music, the money required for a musician to get to the point where they’ll even get an audition is enormous. Then playing musical chairs until they can move up in orchestras, waiting for retirements, etc., it’s becoming inaccessible.
And to me, this is a huge loss, for the greatness of classical music to go unplayed and unappreciated. Those notes on the paper, to be able to read and perform them, allow us to connect to the thoughts and emotions of another human being in a way that is totally personal and unique. I don’t want to lose this ability, ever. But will money be the ultimate downfall of keeping it alive?