As I sit here listening to Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, I am overcome with the need to post something about 'clasical' music. I say 'classical' because, while that is the name usually given to the entire genre, classical only refers to the period of time from a little before 1750 (regardless of what history books say) to about the early 1800s. Before classical comes Renaissance and Baroque, while after we have the Romantic Era.
Either way, I think it's a shame that we as a nation (I'm talking about the US) listen to so little art music (that's the appropriate term for 'classical' music). Sure, you've probably seen the Pump-it-Up Nike commercial featuring Vivaldi's "Winter", a while ago there was a father running in slow motion down a hallway with a plunger to Mozart's "Requiem", and even Bowling for Columbine has the Alla Marcia section of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. How often, though, do you or your friends/coworkers/family listen to art music voluntarily?
I (and a few million other people) believe that the arts are extremely important to not only being a well-rounded individual, but it really increases one's overall level of happiness. Personally, I was one of those Oh-my-God-I-hate-myself-and-the-world fifteen year olds until I discovered music. I am currently a music major in college and having a great time working on my own compositions.
So, here's my question(finally!): How many of you listen and enjoy art music on a regular basis? Perhaps between rock albums? While going to sleep? First thing in the morning?
P.S.: If anyone is interested in learning more about music (because I feel music theory/appreciation only increase one's enjoyment of art music), feel free to drop me a line by email or even aim.