Is the music boring these days



Why is classical music, especially younger people, perceived as "boring"?

A survey on Facebook reveals the following:


"Not the music itself, but the interpreters are sometimes perceived as conservative and stiff, but this changes due to various interpreters who give classical music a more modern face with their person, such as David Garrett, Lang Lang or Jonas Kaufmann."

by Gisela Ziller (music lover)


“In today's fast-paced world, few people take the time to listen to music for longer than 2:30 minutes at a time and enjoy it. Everything has to be quick. That is why classical music is often perceived as boring. "

ofHendric Bünck (composer & producer)


“Classical music or more complex music, including jazz or crazy pop, simply does not reach a broader class of people because it is overwhelmed by it. I set up a subjective "world formula" for music. Good music = familiar + surprise. Depending on how you feel, a greater surprise effect is a deterrent or even a blockage to the acceptance of the music. And because in normal life you can only deal with the harmony / melody & rhythm of simple pop pieces / arrangements (shown in simplified form). For many people, too large a dynamic range is annoying, as the music is either consumed for entertainment / party or simply on the side and not to dive into the emotional drama. The only thing that works in a similar way to classical music as it does to pop are the ballads. See e.g. the Air from Bach. The majority of society, in my opinion, is dull and denies the emotional worlds that they have to experience with themselves. "

by Julian Elsässer (guitarist)


"In most cases, the basic musical training (ear training, etc.) is not sufficient to perceive the more complex structures of classical music" with pleasure "; Of course, music is about empathizing and empathizing with emotions, but you simply enjoy it more when you can consciously experience the harmonic / formal course. "

by Bella Gala (music lover)


"Such people are not capable of real, deep emotions that find classical music boring!"

by Uwe Köhlinger (Rock´n´Roll musician)


“First of all, even the term" classical "is very dubious. Was Mozart's music classical in his time? No, it was a mixture of what we now call "contemporary music" and "popular music". It had the characteristics of contemporary music because it was often very advanced and had the latest trends in it, and it also had the characteristics of pop music because every now and then a street vendor would whistle the tune from the last opera by heart like it did today people would do with a pop song. Second, as a gentleman had already noted in the comments above, society has changed dramatically in the perception of time. Back then it took people months to go on a trip and at the same time their life was significantly shorter, a 35 year old was considered a very old man at the time. Nowadays we are used to longer lifespans, but everything happens so quickly because we can travel quickly and access information and communication at lightning speed via radio and internet. Hence the average length of a pop song - max. 3 minutes.

From this point of view, a Haydn sonata where not so much happens during a movement, with all the repetitions, can be an enormous effort for a modern person, and of course there is also the fact that not all classical pieces were even composed to be fully Seriously to be performed on a big stage with a dead serious facial expression and the audience from back then behaved a lot differently than they do today ... Just like that, one can hardly deny that, for example, painting with the invention of photography and cinema is so important has also declined considerably and has become a purely elitist art (the word elitist can be seen here both positively and negatively). - a very complex subject.

What we mean by "classical music" today is a concentrate of jewels from this branch, so to speak. In addition to Mozart and Beethoven and Chopin, hundreds of other composers were active, about whom we now hardly know or want to know. But they also contributed their very important word in the music landscape of that time and so we now have the situation that we have to consciously forego salads and side dishes, so to speak, and only eat truffles and chocolate. Is that supposed to mean a healthy and balanced diet? Would truffle mushrooms be just as valuable if you had kilograms of them on the table every day? And if you don't lose your appetite if you only feed him the best food and do without the simpler things ... "

ofPeter Ovtcharov (pianist & lecturer)


“Is it even possible to ask the question in such a general way? I like the works of many composers who are classified as classical! I like them in a good rendering / interpretation! I have no access to other compositions, partly from ambitious chamber music, for example! I wouldn't call this music boring, it just doesn't interest me! The people who describe classical music as boring have, for whatever reason, hardly or never bothered with it! Because: play something by Mozart to a baby or toddler and they will listen! And how many children take Brahms' lullaby with them into their dreams? So the naive encounter with classical works actually works wonderfully! But what happens in the course of development? Nothing gets boring, but the feeling for it is lost for whatever reason! I think that the attitude towards classical music - interest or not - also has a not insignificant social component! While the music salons were still very lively encounters in the 17th / 18th century (much of what counts today as classical music was simply the present at the time), so-called serious music was increasingly used by the developing bourgeoisie as a status symbol! The living music "petrified"! The rules of behavior developed from clothing to applause! And that holds up to this day, scares young people in particular from the concert halls, from the confrontation with the "concert mummies" and of course still develops the most violent prejudices about classical music! I would just like to refer to the current discussions about behavior at concerts in the Elbphilharmonie! A new generation of artists is trying very hard to break through the paralysis, to bring young people in particular, but also older people back to the so-called classical music (e.g. David Garrett, Jonas Kaufmann, Klaus Florian Vogt, 2 cellos etc. .) However, the "keepers of the Grail" do not give up and indulge in hostility, slander, etc. (See discussion in a Belgian music magazine against the award of David Garrett at this year's Frankfurt Music Fair) - it seems to be an endless story at the moment !

But: the first wonderful successes can be seen in the concert halls: there is again a young audience, an audience also with passion, with emotions! It is slowly but clearly beginning to come to life again in the temples of the Muses! And no trace of boredom! Perhaps because in the meantime there is also a good group of young, highly talented artists in classical music who are committed to / play for their generation! Here, too, it should be said clearly, a thought can only be sketched out! However, a consideration that should be deepened! "

ofKarin Freitag (music lover)


“I can't be objective because I'm a classical pianist myself, and classical was NEVER boring for me. On the contrary - there is always so much to discover and experience! It doesn't matter whether you hear someone play or work on a piece yourself. There are so many exciting worlds. Thousands of colors, stories, emotions ... Discovering a new piece is like reading a new book. And there are millions of them. How can that be boring? "

ofElina Rotenberg (pianist & music lover)


Whether you find classical music "boring" is, in my opinion, a matter of taste.

For me there is either good music or bad music. If it's bad, I find it boring.

However, it would be good to banish arrogance from the classical music in many parts, then it would probably work. interest more young listeners. "

by Silvia Klarr (music lover)


Although I am someone who keeps a low profile here on Facebook and usually does not take part in such discussions, I find your question so interesting that I would like to speak up. "Is classical music boring?"

The term "classical music" and the definition "boring" are such a contradiction in terms that one cannot generally answer this question with either YES or NO. What you and most people call "classical music" is so diverse and varied that this genre of music, which is divided into various subgroups, can never get boring. Basically, it ranges from the early Renaissance (early music) to Baroque, Viennese Classic, Romantic, New Classics and Contemporary Music with its completely different styles, all of which reflect historical epochs and the history of almost the last thousand years are. In the past hundred years alone, "classical music" has always been shaped by the influences of jazz, blues, rock, pop, new wave and other styles, so that very own genre-spanning branches such as film music or crossover have developed from these influences to have. - In this respect, the question arises for me whether there are people who find "classical music" boring. Here, too, it is extremely difficult for me to give a clear answer. Music is a form of communication and expression of feelings worldwide. Expression is made up of emotions. Emotions are music, music is emotion. A person who finds music - regardless of the genre - boring is therefore a person who has no emotions or does not feel any. There is hardly anything more moving than music. A fact that the film industry has long made use of. The advertising industry also relies on the emotional stimuli of music.

Anyone who describes "classical music" as boring has never dealt with it or dealt with it. By this I don't mean intensive study or the independent learning and playing of an instrument, but simply conscious listening or listening. Nobody can tell me that a Bach chorale or a Chopin nocturne does not touch them or leaves them indifferent. However, if the piece is fatally misused as "background music" (be it in the elevator or as a telephone waiting loop), then this effect of touching can definitely fizzle out. But, thank God, this cruel misappropriation is not the rule. However, anyone who listens to a piece of music consciously and attentively - and I'm not talking about complete symphonies, piano or violin concertos or operas - inevitably MUST be touched or addressed in some way. Whether he likes the piece or not is another question. But this decision of liking or disapproving already presupposes that some sensations and emotions have been aroused while listening, which means that the piece cannot have bored him.

In a previous comment it was noted that "Classical music" would be considered boring because people ran out of time these days. I do not accept this. Even in the time frame of 02:30 set by the commentator, there are wonderful pieces. The first thing I think of is Chopin's famous minute waltz, which you, dear Ms. Babor, interpret wonderfully yourself. There are so many great but short compositions, be it etudes, preludes, nocturnes, songs without words, serenade movements, bagatelles and so much more that nobody can say that they don't have time to listen to classical music every now and then "to listen to. Nowadays people spend so much time on everything else and a lot of unnecessary and senseless things ... To talk oneself out with a lack of time is just a pretended protection and excuse. What can be BORING, however, is the interpretation of a work. Unfortunately, there are performers who have mastered their instrument with great technical virtuosity, but who lack any artistic expression, which is why they either do not reach their audience at all or only very superficially on the emotional level.

The bond between artist and audience, the so-called "spark" that skips over during play, is what drives us musicians onto the stage like an addiction, despite stage fright and nervousness before the performance. If the audience is happy and inspired after a performance, so is the artist. You come out of the concert hall as a different person than when you went in. However, I always have to ask myself what an artist feels when he or she has performed their performance technically perfect and error-free, but static and stupid without tension, emotions and without any emotions. Playing notes and making notes alone is by no means music ...

Finally, to come back to your initial question:

"Classical music" can be boring - but only for people who suffer from complete coldness and lack of emotion. But every person, regardless of origin, race, nation, religion and age, who has a functioning sense and emotional life, can be touched and emotionally reached by "classical music" in the most varied of ways.

by Marco Manfredini, (pianist & lecturer)


“I have to say that all the people I know who find classical music generally boring, are completely unmusical and listen to Helene Fischer. Anyone who has anything to do with music cannot ignore classical music.

Not to forget that classical music has a certain tempo, but no exact timing and no groove. I think classical music wants to be listened to, maybe apart from a few "street hits", you can also let pop music play in the background and rock your foot a bit. Of course, pop and rock music also has an infinite range, from Led Zeppelin to Justin Biber it's a long way, not to mention musical quality, but that's not the topic here. "

by Kai Ulrich (as a sound engineer on the road in all music genres)


"I'll join the list of comments here: I think that classical and pop (as crude as these terms may be) are relatively different. I mean that classical addresses a different kind of feeling, like pop does, for example . Classical music needs time, needs context, needs air to breathe. Pop is much more fast-paced, Pop has "drive", the "energy level" of pop is much higher. You could fix that on the one hand in loudness and dynamics, but I also think The feel of pop and classical music is fundamentally different. For example, if you compare a calm piece of "classical" and a calm piece of "pop", you will quickly notice how much calmer the classical music is, and in return you will also quickly notice how much more pop "Drive" has when you compare faster / groovy pieces. This is partly due to the production (studio vs large recording room). Both styles of music have an incredible number of advantages. For example, film music always uses noc h elements from the classical period (actually romantic) when the scene is difficult, sad, moving or "the world wide". Why? Because classical music can represent that. However, when it's a cool scene, you almost always need pop. Why? Because pop can. Here again two extreme examples: and

by Jonas Grauer (film composer)