phenomenology of music by a non-music major

June 27, 2010, 3:14pm
Sunday. Inside the car with the family.
We’re going to Glorietta to window shop for Mom’s ninang sa kasal gown.

Let us discuss longevity of music.

Concept conception:
The car radio was accidentally tuned in to 98.3 (I think), which played classical violin music… A not-so-anachronistic anachronism,
which made me ask: why is classical music relatively popular compared to more recent oldies (ex: vaudeville music, kundimans),
which made me wonder: about music’s life span, given: life span = number of years a particular music is popular.

Phenomenology proper:
Why is classical music (top of head: Mozart, Tchaikovsky) relatively popular compared to music of other eras (top of head: older than classical – Renaissance; younger than classical – Jazz, Impressionist(Debussy))?

Because it might have been the era when music theory has been formalized, or when musical learning has reached the asymptote in terms of theory. ^[citation needed]
I need to research on this, although I know I won’t. XD
For older eras, the complete foundation of musical theory must have not yet reached the asymptote. There is so much more to learn. The younger eras on the other hand are beyond the musical foundation so they look for ways to experiment and create fresh harmonies and dissonances.

But you cannot deny that the Classical Era has produced exquisite music. Classical was rightfully dubbed, as it stood the test of time. (Remember: classic is timeless.) That’s why to play it in an FM station is a not-so-anachronistic anachronism.

There is a lot of speculation in this essay.


On a not so related note,

There is ownership of music per generation:

– Listeners of retro music are the people who were there when it hit the music charts – retro people themselves. Dad likes the Beegees, Mom likes The Carpenters.
– Same goes for the listeners of pre-war music. Lola Mama likes Kundimans and novena music.
– Our generation likes Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, John Mayer. And it’s not likely for other generations to veer from their generation’s music. Dad or Mom or Lola Mama are relatively indifferent to Lady Gaga.

Once a generation passes away, most of the music popular to that generation passes away as well. Unfortunately, the outdated music are just kept in the archives, studied by music connoisseurs or music enthusiasts who like to learn about non-pop, a minority of the population.

In a way music is exclusive to the generation who composed them, since there is a strong connection between music and its generation via shared experience / history / meaning only they can understand. ^[citation needed]


Spectacular Speculator, shut up.


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