Topic: Direction Of Music Over Time



True or False? Modern music has simplified the dynamics of music in comparison to much of the orchestral and "Classical" music of old.



Sorcerer Of Sound First of all, modern education has a tendency to distort certain aspects of history. When we think of Classical music, we unconsciously assume that this art form was widely available to audiences all over Europe, the British isles, and Russia. In truth this was not the case. If we were to travel back in time, we would learn that Classical music was simply not available to the common folk we would most readily identify with. So instead of comparing the overall complexity and structure of Classical music with the structure of modern music, we have to look at attention spans.

Most of us are not able to sit through a complete symphony from beginning to end without the taint of boredom. Modern civilization has trained us to have very short attention spans. In music, we're accustomed to songs with an average length of five minutes. Only people with a lot of leisure time could afford to attend a symphonic performance. (This fact alone should tell us much about the intended audience of Classical music.)

So my answer to the question has to be "false", because modern songs have to convey messages and emotions within the confines of the five minute average length. In contrast, Classical compositions were designed to keep listeners captivated for up to two hours or more. The relative "simplicity" of modern music is dictated by the length of the average song, not on intelligence and sophistication (or the lack of either).

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