By: Victoria Fisher
In a world where everyone is crazy about the newest fads and trends, classical music is often viewed as ancient history. However, even though this music is over 300 years old, if you pay close attention you can see why it is still important today. Composers such as Bach, Haydn, and Mozart created astonishing symphonies, ballads, and operas, and are the reason classical music has become a framework for modern music. This “ancient” music is as much alive as it ever has been, even if we don’t realize it.
Many modern musical artists have a connection with classical music. Most of them grew up playing the piano, guitar, or violin, which gives them an understanding of music theory. Justin Bieber started playing the drums when he was only two years old. He also can play the piano, trumpet, and guitar. Hunter Hayes can actually play 30 instruments, some of them being the piano, drums, guitar, and accordion. Adele uses chords and sequences that have been used since the classical period, but her unique voice and style give her a sound everyone can recognize. Being able to play these instruments provides the ability to transfer that skill into the modern music industry. Piano Guys and 2Cellos are great examples of artists that transform many popular songs into arrangements that feature classical instruments. The high riffs of the violins, the low rumble of the basses, and smoothness of the keys not only tugged at our heartstrings 300 years ago, but still give us chills today.
Think about some of your favorite childhood cartoons. Would they have been as funny without the little instrumental sound effects?
Instead of throwing classical music out the back window and putting in a Taylor Swift CD, perhaps give classical music a chance and turn on some Schubert or Mozart for the ride home. During study hours play on some Bach as well; its calming effects can help you stay focused. Even if we feel too cool to listen to music from centuries ago, the influence of the classical period should give us a deeper appreciation of our favorite music today.