He gazed at his wife softly, taking in her beauty and remembering her youthful joy. He remembered the graceful way she danced in her younger years, the lovely way her body flowed from one move to the next. He remembered her playful personality bringing his young adolescence to the forefront of his mind. Her fair features sent him into a state of ecstasy, leaving him stranded in a pool of beauty. Then, all of a sudden, his life became dark. His every thought had a certain hideousness hidden in its roots. His wife was dying. She laid on her bed, weak and pale from the sickness. Her beauty faded, her youth withered. She wasn’t there anymore. But even after she died, his beauty stayed with him (Stepanova, 12).
This is an example of a story behind a piece of classical music I played in the fourth grade. I’m sure you’ve heard of it; the arrangement is called Für Elise, composed by Ludwig van Beethoven. There is a story behind the majority of classical music, and if there isn’t, it’s a simple matter to make one up. The reason behind these stories is to help the artist interpret the music, and play it in the way the composer would’ve imagined.
Classical music is often ignored by much of the population. William M. Briggs, a statistician, has found from ticket sales yearly since 1950, that sales have decreased by nearly 50% (Briggs, 08). Classical music is old and out of style, you might say. Everyone wants to listen to pounding bass and screaming treble. Who would listen to an orchestra that play their hearts out for all listeners, whether they appreciated their hard work or not? Or a pianist with his hands flying over the keys to catch every note? No one cares for the beauty of classical music anymore. It’s all about the latest singer to release a song that made the top of the charts.
Part of the reason that we ignore classical music is that we have no idea what it is. Classical music is music that has rules and principles and follows...