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Classical music seems definitely more comprehensive and soul searching.
Classical music seems to be much less accessible than rock since it has become very elitist. Elitism always strips the emotion necessary to inspire any passion. Because rock is not valued as high art there remains room for real emotion. People always like what is natural and real. Classical music has been and still is a major part of American and European cultures. This type of music was my aunt's and still is her favorite type of music.
She listened to classical music all of her life ever since she was first introduced to it by her parents back in the mid 1900's.
Her parents tried to encourage her to only listen to classical music because they said that it brought peace to the mind and helped people concentrate on their work better.
Classical music is just so hard to relate to since there are very few or no words and it has been in existence for a very long period of time without much change. This, is one reason younger people, like me, do not quite know what to make of classical music, but on the other hand, the seriousness of classical music could also be an attraction. To me it is as if classical music and rock inhabit different worlds, where people think in entirely different ways. Listening to classical music was seen as a sign of someone who was very well educated and well mannered. Classical music was just so wonderful to her because it brought together so many different kinds of instruments in a beautiful harmony. Classical music almost never talks about such things. Classical music just seems so repetitive and gets tiring to me very fast. She very much appreciated the musical works of composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, and many others. Some of these benefits include optimizing brain development, building social and emotional skills, and stimulating creativity and enhancing joy. According to my aunt, classical music has many benefits. Classical music because she was so engrossed in it that she wanted to learn everything about it and more. This music is just so inspirational. The most obvious example is when rock first appeared in 1954, it was an eruption of black music into the white pop mainstream. When I listen to music, I like to hear words in the song. However, in a classical song, one cannot really try to improvise because it might disrupt some of the harmonies of other instruments, and just overall mess up the whole song.
Classical music certainly is more complex. However...I always wonder why the rock musicians are millionares. Most of them don't even know how to read music. They don't spend years taking lessons and seem to master their instruments.
A guitarist in my favorite rock band, only took a couple of guitar lessons...yet now he is considered one of the best guitarists in rock and is a millionaire.
I guess the real art in rock, is the creativity of coming up with something that the public likes. I would say that rock music is the dominant music in the western world today. I wonder why that is. Is it because of the strong beat in rock? Or because it is easier for people to listen to? Or maybe because the rock compositions (overall) are shorter?
Is the electric guitar easier to master than symphony instruments?
Perhaps the real clue is, there are so many different kinds of 'classical' music, that exploring the genre will eventually involve an attempt to 'understand' some sort of music. And this is what, to me, rock music doesn't need: all you have to do is listen to the music, and listen to the words; if it moves you, you like it.
Rock music tends to lack the mental effort of comprehension.
This does not mean that people who listen to rock music are stupid :). They are people who simply want to enjoy their music. I see them as wanting to relax to it, not wanting to be 'discerning' and analytical. This is why I like to listen to some rock.
As the why rock musicians make more money:
They play in huge stadiums, where classical music is very hard to perform. Rock music is generally fairly catchy, has singable lyrics, that really hit home to some people, or just something about the ease in listening to it that makes everyone like it.
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