Many people today still enjoy the works of the classical composers – like Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven. How did classical music shape Western civilization and the United States of America?
The Classical Period (1730 to 1820)
From around 1730 to 1820, European composers looked back to the romance of ancient Rome and ancient Greece. The thought the ancient era was a “golden age” for humanity, and they gained inspiration from it.
Music entered the Classical period, which was lighter and simpler than the Baroque period that came before.
Founding Fathers’ Views on Classical Music
It’s said that Jefferson met with Mozart in Paris, France. The third U.S. president loved Mozart’s work, especially the violin and cello pieces. But Jefferson didn’t like Mozart as a person. He called the Austrian composer “uncouth and frivolous.”
Does Classical Music Still Influence Today?
Is classical music still popular today? A recent study found that classical music ranks last out of the 12 genres. Classical ranked behind hip-hop, pop, country, and children’s music. It has been rough for classical music to survive in today’s world. But is classical dead?
Online videos of classical music still get thousands and even millions of views. So, there is still interest among the crowd – old and young alike.