Happy 2014 to everyone! Most people find the beginning of a new year as a good time to reflect upon the past and commit to themselves or others to make some changes in their lives. These resolutions can become life-long changes or end up as fleeting thoughts, but the act of making a resolution can be very powerful.
In music, there is another kind of resolution. It’s that moment (and I know you’ve felt it at some point) where the music you’re singing or listening to starts in a dissonant place – uncomfortable, suspenseful, almost painful at times – and ends up in a consonant place – beautiful, positive, full of relief. Many find these types of resolutions to be some of the most powerful moments in music.
The resolutions we make as individuals and collectively can be a powerful force. When researching “resolutions” in music, there was more than just consonance and dissonance. There are people out there who really believe that classical music could use a few “resolutions” of its own. An Authentic Cadence is a blog dedicated to all things classical music and here are the resolutions that they think classical music should make (they’re a couple of years old but I think they still apply).
1. Find someone who can “decode” classical music for the general public.. A relatable “face” for classical music, this person should be able to break it down for general public – what is classical music, why should people support it. Think Oprah for classical music!
2. Become a part of the local music community, not just the arts community. You might ask “what’s the difference?” but if you think about it, the music community is so much more expansive that the fine arts is generally considered. In order to be appealing to a greater audience, classical music needs to integrate itself into the local music scene.
3. Identify “franchise” musicians. A sports “franchise” player is someone who is known for their work on and off the field. Classical music needs the same – musicians who are willing to work outside of music in the community for the greater good.
4. Dethrone yourself. Let’s face it – sometimes classical musicians and die-hard fans can be considered hoity toity and elitist. Classical music is not the “best” music or the “only civilized form of musical expression.” By appreciating other genres and bringing classical music down to more even level, it will become more approachable for a broader audience.
5. Learn to listen. Don’t disrespect other genres and write them off as unmusical or worthless. Use that classical training to listen and appreciate how other musicians express themselves.