whistleridge: Solid point.Especially since most of the orchestral music written after about 1920 tends to be an incoherent musical goo, the aural equivalent of a Jackson Pollock painting.
PanicMan: If anything it's not the musicians fault. Like any organization it's still the older people with the money making all the decisions. And those people don't like video game music.
secularsage: and it's insulting to those musicians to ask themselves to dumb down what they do for the sake of popularity.
Rent Party: Nuclear Monk: I would see a live performance of this film's scores in a heartbeat. [www.philippalmer.net image 300x323]Indeed!And also, this one...[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x297]
pute kisses like a man: thornhill: whistleridge: thornhill: whistleridge: Especially since most of the orchestral music written after about 1920 tends to be an incoherent musical goo,Congratulations. You've proved that you know nothing.Post 1920s composers that are hardly "incoherent":ShostakovichBartokBrittenProkofievBernsteinAdams (both of them)HindemithHigdonWaltonDaughertyStraussBarberVaughan WilliamsPoulencMartinuI'll make you a bet. I bet you can't walk out on the street and hum a few bars from ANY of these very worthy composers, and have a single person be able to even guess the name.Another bet: I'll bet you could list those names on a piece of paper, and ask people what they all have in common, and most people couldn't even guess.So what? I bet 99% of the public wouldn't know a Renoir painting even if they were looking at one. Does that mean museums need to dump all of their holdings and replace them with pop art?I don't know. I saw shostakovich's 7th recently. the tickets for the mezzanine were very cheap, so it included a very diverse crowd. younger and more diverse than i had every seen at a symphony.when the symphony concluded, there was a real standing ovation. not that polite one that the old people do, but actually getting up and yelling, whistling, hollering, everything. it was like a rock concert.in 20 years of going to symphonies, i had never seen this kind of a crowd or a response. so, maybe orchestras are getting more attention./ or, it was the first time for me to go to the symphony in new orleans, and maybe people in new orleans just like music a whole helluva lot more than anywhere else in the country. probably likely. most people i meet who are from here are very familiar with good music (as opposed to current pop music), even if they're not musicians.
thornhill: Post 1920s composers that are hardly "incoherent":
Dafuq: Plenty of older classical pieces were written to go along with plays. That was the entertainment of the day. Why wouldn't the best newer orchestral stuff be from video games and movies. Many of our best composers today are writing music for these mediums.
Arkanaut: There's been a lot of good music written for modern media formats -- movies, TV, video games etc. -- why not expand on that? Why not incorporate more electronic instruments, utilize some new sounds? Part of classical music's appeal is the tradition, but at some point you've got to try something new.
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