Why Classical Music is still not dead

THE FAT LADY IS STILL SINGING — why classical music is still not dead: “Vanhoenacker cites scenes from the sitcom “Modern Family” to demonstrate classical music’s recent split from popular culture. Such moments of mockery go back at least as far the Marx Brothers’ ‘A Night at the Opera.’ Classical music was for pretentious snobs in 1935, according to the movies; classical music is for pretentious snobs in 2014, according to television. In between, Americans built Lincoln Center and the Walt Disney Concert Hall; penned ‘Appalachian Spring,’ ‘4’33”,’ and ‘Music for Eighteen Musicians;’ and sold millions of classical records.”

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