During my last post I realised that using the term ‘classical music’ was problematic. I originally posed the question of how could we attract audiences to ‘classical’ concerts, but I am considering whether this is too restrictive. Not only does it feel exclusive to only include classical music, the term in is self is so vague it is hard to judge what music is classical or not.
There are many definition of classical music:
- traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
- Classical music is the art music produced in, or rooted in, the traditions of Western liturgical and secular music, encompassing a broad period from roughly the 9th century to present times.”Classical”, The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Music, ed. …
However, could the definition of classical music just distinguish between art music and popular music rather than music from a particular era or location? For example, there is classical music in other cultures other than Europe. Then again, this raises equally problematic questions of the divide between high and low art.