“Music expresses that which can’t be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
I have heard people say that no one is making music like the classical greats of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart in our day and age. I saw a movie last week where the college girl laments while listening to Mozart, “Do people write like this anymore? If they are, then I don’t know about it!”
Oh, but they are. No one as prolific as Mozart, of course, but people are writing and composing works that might change that college girl’s opinion. I think the problem is that we aren’t paying close enough attention. I think we have more cerebral distractions than anyone has ever had in history. In Mozart’s day, they listened with their entire beings. They didn’t “tune out” with their cell phone or take 20 selfies at every get together. They didn’t have 8 commitments after class and 5 after work and their children weren’t stressed about getting into the best college… at age 12. Granted there were different pressures, many of which I would not want to have, but when it came to music – they listened and enjoyed – more like relished and delighted. Going to a Bach concert was an event that took precedent over almost everything else. Playing an instrument was sacred. Music was loved and romanticized. Music was life.
Our world creates an electric static in which we have become numb. There is a buzz, a clamor, and a roaring hum that can smother and silence the beauty of art. Great music is here, we just can’t hear it over the noise. We have created a place for ourselves now where we must be intentional about listening or we will miss what the music has to offer. DL
When was the last time you truly enjoyed a well composed, well written piece of amazing music?
I know there are many skeptics who disagree. They will say that there just isn’t music that compares with Bach or Wagner, but I promise you, this kind of music is being made in our lifetime.
Just listen to this and get back to me…
I can almost guarantee you that if I played this piece along with some Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, no one would be able to tell that I slipped in music that was written by a man who was born in 1963. Dario Marianelli composed the entire score for the movie Pride and Prejudice. He is only 51. This piece is entitled Dawn, and it is one of my all time favorite musical works. For me, it is right up there with Mozart Symphony No. 40 and Chopin Nocturne. I think Marianelli’s work is phenomenal, and yet I don’t remember anyone talking about it when the movie came out in 2005. Sadly, he was nominated, but didn’t win an Oscar for this stunning work. The soundtrack that won that year, didn’t even come close to touching the beauty of this composition.
If you still don’t think there are great classical musical greats in our midst, please listen to this, too.
Sigh. I don’t expect you to listen to all 58 minutes of this, but if you’re at home cleaning the house like I am – just leave it on. I promise, it will make folding laundry and doing the dishes way better than the drone of TV chatter, and it will probably even calm your kiddos down… for a few minutes anyway.
I’ve had a soft spot for Phillip Glass ever since I heard the first notes of this soundtrack in the movie, The Hours. His music is haunting and distinctive. I can tell in the first 5 seconds of a movie if the music was done by Glass. He is one of the great composers of our time. You should get to know his music. It’s breathtaking.
I’m really not out to prove a point, other than the fact that music is amazing and even if you don’t appreciate classical music, people are making it in our era. Whether anyone agrees with me, or not – it is happening, and it doesn’t matter when, or from where the music comes… as long as we are listening. Music shouldn’t be judged good or great if it was written in the 17th century or the 21st century. It won’t be time or place dependent, that’s the beauty of music. If you hear it, and it moves you, listen to it. We should just. be. listening. That’s all there is to it.
“Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.” Malcolm Arnold