Classical Newcomer part 2

Q. I want to try symphony concerts, but they are like work! Why can’t it adapt to people like me?


Q. I hear bits of symphony music on radio, TV and movies and it always makes me curious. Even though it takes awhile to build, I like the series of waves. What I have a problem with is when the music builds to such an intense climax, and I get so excited, I actually feel like bursting out laughing or singing!
But I don’t want to get shushed or judged for being excited. Don’t they want us to get excited? Can’t I just stand in the back? I hear better on my feet anyway.

And wearing TAILS is suspect, alright? It’s a little depressing. Add to that some of the players look so unhappy or tired. I get that they’re focusing, but I need to see that they’re excited to play in an orchestra. Why won’t they show it?

I only prefer new/old music. But people applaud even for the music I thought was pointless. And with titles like Symphony No. 4 in Bb-major I have no clue what this music might suggest. I know it’s complicated, but can’t a musician just talk to us like real people– like family and friends? Unlock this for me a little.

None of my friends EVER go to symphony concerts and I love hanging out with my friends. We’re not gonna read program notes or listen to a professor give a history lesson.
We want to meet the players of the orchestra. What do THEY like about the next piece?  I like suggestions.

If I’m going out after the concert to meet my friends down the street. I bought a full-priced ticket, why can’t I come dressed down in jeans and T-shirt without feeling JUDGED by ushers and audience?  I just don’t care enough about the symphony to risk feeling judged. Call me selfish but REALLY, who needs that? Why should I come to concerts if you won’t serve me as I am?

A. Classical music is really a trip! It’s a magic carpet ride on psychedelic instrumental colors. Much of it is abstract, without any lyrics or much context, so that we can explore our own capacity to imagine. There’s no need to ready a judgement. We just need to enjoy internally the fascinating parade of animated musical characters. The more profound classical works lend us a sense of purpose, helping us imagine ourselves past the pressing issues of the day. How would you like a new song for overcoming? Where do you start? Try Brahms, 1st Symphony, finale, 2 minutes in.

Drive-thru music

Recordings and YouTube are convenient, but they’re missing this blanket of surround-sound that’s better than a movie theater. Plus you can’t focus (meditate) on the music at home or on the web. Concerts take patience, time, money, as well as determination. This is why CutTime is making it easy for you to discover the music. We’ll see you at the club, and hand you keys to unlock the secrets of classical music. Classical is an amazing alternative that can hang around all the other music you love. It’s just like trying new foods– so let’s get you started with an appetizer.

Q. What makes classical music classical?

A. The word classical is not so hard to unravel: its usage in music refers to ancient history. Not to be confused with classic (eg. classic rock), or classically-trained (but doesn’t play classical any more), but most classical musicians aren’t prepared to answer this most basic question above. CutTime is sharing two answers, because once you get it, we can all relax about it.

  • Here is the short version: Classical antiquity most generally refers to the peaks of ancient Greek and Roman cultures; two centers of advanced science, politics and thought– 25 hundred years ago. Studied today for its philosophers and warriors, democracy and architecture, debates and ideas about form, nature and beauty, classical first died with the Roman Empire. Classical revivals in Western Europe around 1200AD and 1800 produced the Age of Enlightenment.
    In music the word classical has two usages: the overall category and musicians, versus the composing standards specific to the era of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven and as a consequence of the Age of Enlightenment. This follows the ornamental Baroque era, but before anti-reason Romantic era.
    At this website we often substitute fine art music to describe the overall category.
  • Here starts the long version: The high ideals (standards) of classical music were inherited from the Greek philosophers of the Classical Period, whose debates about nature, science and beauty were preserved in writing and revived first by the Roman Catholic Church in Europe about 900 years ago and then during the Greek Revival period kicking off the Age of Enlightenment after J. S. Bach’s death. Studying ancient texts, neo-classical scholars (eg. Sir Isaac Newton) emulated Greek scientific thought leading to grand architecture, democracy, mathematics, philosophy, scientific proofs, technology, and eventually the Olympics.Today we enjoy relative peace and prosperity because of this preserved ancient wisdom. There were also classical ideas about the study of art and beauty (aesthetics). The Greek philosophers argued that music should ideally reflect the natural flow of human emotions, dance, sing and induce pathos and catharsis. Some urged that balanced music required mathematical proportions rather than be an improvised form. These ideas let our composers and performers extend and shape music in imaginative and transformational ways.

Grow a pair

Based in part on this Classical Tradition, Voltaire, Locke, Newton among others around 1750 began to codify the democratic principals we enjoy today. Around the same time, composers with advanced music writing skills and new instruments like the piano, suddenly began writing music that juxtaposed TWO themes. This encouraged much more contrast, extension and development creating intense dramas with imagination, expression and beauty.

Thank J. S. Bach for revolutionary possibilities in counterpoint during the Baroque Era. Soon after, super-musicians like Haydn and Mozart (in the Classical Era of classical music) refined the large, new instrumental form called a symphony. Beethoven in turn built on their work, amplifying the charming symphonic expression into a fully dramatic adventure, largely establishing what became known as the Romantic Era of classical music, which lasted 100 years. The words symphony and orchestra accordingly are of ancient Greek (classical) origin, although the very first orchestras, large groups of single instruments, were reported in ancient Egypt.

So while pop and world music are amazingly diverse, soulful and powerful, classical too offers the same, just with acoustic sounds, extended pleasure and almost no vocals. There are times and music for singing and dancing, and then times and music for dreaming. Instrumental music is a great way to weave different moods together, usually with great subtlety by limiting the repetition of themes. The great composers also integrated their local folk music and improvised traditions, as well as those of nearby countries. Mr. CutTime does this too in his compositions.

We understand what’s missing for most with classical. The music itself is usually not the problem. CutTime takes you inside the sport and shares its passion so that you gain fresh perspective on yourself and the world from within yourself.

You’ll be saying it’s about TIME for CutTime!