‘Art music seems to be less and less popular’… or at least this is the general consensus in the modern world. Why could this be? Personally, I strongly believe that any music can be one of the most pleasurable experiences in life. Experiencing and hearing music is proven scientifically to have positive outcomes on one’s health. Performing, responding and discussing music is intellectually stimulating. Music is an art-form, so powerful it creates physical reactions in the body and brain.
Listening to art music can be challenging. It requires concentration and time; the two things that seem to - in the modern world - be less and less hard to acquire or control. However, if you are able to find the time, the way to get the most out of art music is to listen carefully, concentratedly and giving it your full attention. As said before, this can be a challenging quest as people generally listen to music to relax and to have on the background. But as Daniel Barenboim in a recent interview stated, music isn’t created just to be on the background as a method of relaxation. Music is an incredible web of emotions, colours and sound waves. It is a journey and once you give your full attention to it and listen from the first note of the piece to the last, you will fly through a world that is unique, beautiful and magical.
This is absolutely true, and this is why music has survived throughout our time. In conclusion, it is the time and effort that we lack, that keeps putting us off from listening to art music in specific. But once you get inside this world of sound, it is almost impossible to get out! ‘The more you give, the more you get’ Daniel Barenboim says.