For the Sake of the Less Popular Genre of Music


Oh, I’m sorry. I was just humming a little something. Back to the article.

Have you ever wondered about that music which plays on our home’s doorbells? You know, that one which goes like tuntuntuntuntun something. What if I told you, that these tuntuntuntuntuns are some of the most emotionally evocative music ever created? Would you believe me if I told you that they are some of the best musical pieces man has ever conceived?

I hope I have your attention by now. With this (hopefully) continued attention, I’d like to introduce you to Western Classical Music.

Western Classical Music: A Brief Introduction

Remember when we were kids and Cartoon Network was still great (side note: #Make_CN_Great_Again!). There was a show, Tom & Jerry. A lot of the episodes from this gem of a show featured Tom/Jerry playing the piano or conducting a full orchestra, while maintaining their game of Tom & Jerry. The music they played was what we call Western Classical Music.

An image of Jerry peeking out from under a piano key and Tom about to strike it, all during a music concert. Snapshot from the episode
Ah the memories… From the episode “The Cat Concerto”.

Classical Music is, as per Wikipedia, is the music broadly from 11th century to the present age, with more accurate time period being the 18th and 19th centuries for the Westerners. Western Classical Music (hereby referred to as WCM) comprises of music played on instruments like piano, violin, various types of trumpets, drums, flutes, and so on. Its central theme consists of a vast repertoire, ranging from religious hymns for Christians to the innermost depth of human emotions. Throughout its history, WCM has evolved from being a pastime for nobility to one of the cornerstones of musical expressions. Many pieces from WCM are still influencing modern music, and WCM itself is still a celebrated form of music greatly loved by many.

What’s So Dang Special About it?

For starters, it represents, as I’ve stated earlier, a lot of human emotions in unimaginably creative and awe-inspiring musical forms. For instance, most of the work from Ludvig van Beethoven is a rendition of his struggle in life and his optimistic approach towards his darkest times. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music is cheerful, elating and at the same time, deep. Liszt & Rachmaninoff are virtuoso geniuses with firm grasp on both technical finesse and evocativeness of the music. Chopin dabs into a universal sadness; a reflection of his own, & Haydn makes mischievous comments in between his scores.

This multiverse of emotions is fascinating in itself, but what takes it to an even higher level is the various forms of interpretations done by different artists. You see, a musical piece can take on various forms, based on who is playing the piece. A pianist for instance, can project his own personality into the music he is playing, in essence creating a completely new piece. By personality projection, I refer to their style of playing the piece in general, which can create an aura completely different from the one either intended by the composer, or from other interpretations of the same piece. Analogically speaking, WCM is like falling in love with someone who always has an unexplored & unexpected side to them. You might like it, you might not, but you cannot deny the excitement of discovering something new in something you thought you already knew.

They are everywhere

A lot of WCM pieces have influenced music around the world throughout the ages, and our more modern music is no exception. From Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga, a lot of modern musicians have used pieces of WCM in their own songs. A lot of movies too feature WCM in certain scenes, which are now iconic, along with TV shows. Here are some links for you peruse:

27 pop songs inspired by classical music.

10 music pieces from movies which are actually classical music.

10 TV shows with classical music in it.

Now excuse me while I go hum some more of ED#ED#EBDCA.

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Anurag Yadav

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