"popular classics" style
I think that there's a need to define a new musical (and art in general) style-
Let's admit it - Classical Music is beutiful, very professional etc. But not so "catchy" and easy to hear in many cases:
For example, pop music lovers can tell immediately hundreds of pieces that they really love, average classical music lovers, even players, can probably say just several, dozens it good case. And not even a full pieces in many cases.
And it affects very much all classical music world - people don't go to concerts, it has economical and other impacts.
So the idea of "Classical Pop" is to combine "Catchyness" with "High level professionalism", both musical and technical proffesionalism.
So i can define few ideas for such style:
1. The music should be catchy as possible, And easy to listen to.
2. High level, "Classical" level performances. Both musically and technically.
3. You can edit the classical pieces as you wish- cut parts, merge, even glue different pieces etc. In order it to be catchy.
4. New instruments are legitimate (as long as the high level professionalism is maintained).
**If you wish you can give more ideas for rules**
People and classical artists do it and did it before in different occasions, but here is the idea to define it as style. Because in "serious" classical music many of this things aren't exactly common or legitimate.
Here are several examples for pieces that can be defined as "Classical Pop" in my view:
"Tico Tico" - played by Berlin Philharmonical:
"Waltzing Matilda"- ray chen:
What do you think about it?
Personally i started it already, by making high level renditions for popular songs, and by "Editing" the classical pieces that i play.
Everyone is free to play music they like the way they like it. Personally I prefer to stay with the complex, deep and wonderful pieces that great composers have contributed over the centuries.
The era of the salon classics was a great one, in my opinion. Listen to Alfred Campoli play practically anything.
And even more important:
On the whole it's a fusion that I hate.
David, the name isn't that important. You can call it classical pop if you like; it is not a bad name at all.
"the incorporation of folk music elements into "high" classical music"
What do you think about something like that?
If you like the "classical pop" style, go for it! But I don't think any musician should play in a style they are not actually passionate about, just so the music will be more "catchy" and therefore "accessible" for an imaginary audience. I will share my experience of busking for over two years which I think is relevant to this topic because I am playing for random ordinary people every day who may or may not have knowledge of classical music--the "general public" that we might all have in mind in these types of discussions. When I first started doing this, I got lots of well-meaning advice from people who told me that I HAVE to play music people recognize, can tap their foot to, I have to simplify (dumb things down), can't play anything too serious, etc. Now, I don't hate all recognizable music, I happen to love for example Vivaldi's four seasons which is very well-known and popular. So I play that when I busk. But I don't play anything I don't like, because I figure if I'm just doing something "for the money" I might as well work at a bank, or McDonald's, or something I'm equally unpassionate about, and I don't for example try to play Pachelbel's canon by myself because that's ridiculous (its a canon!) and goes against my principles, even though people request it all the time. I mostly play unnaccompanied Bach pieces, which I absolutely love, and doing it makes sense to me because these pieces are truly written for the violin to play alone. These are not commonly considered popular or accessible pieces, yet people respond to me playing them-- I've always had good feedback, people enjoy it even when they admit they don't know anything about classical music. And I'm not some amazing musician--I'm ok--but I really think that people pick up on the fact that I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing in that moment, and they respond positively to that. I think that people truly enjoy seeing others following what they really want--don't underestimate audiences and their powers of perception! Of course there are always people who yell at me to play Pachelbel and Oasis (!) Fur Elise (on violin...ugh!!!) but thats sort of the lowest common denominator...and to be clear I'm NOT thinking of the highest common denominator as necessarily the educated elite who "understand" "real classical music". No, there's another group of people out there who have a good understanding of whats important in life and who can recognize and appreciate passion. It's about having empathy and curiosity, not just demanding to have the things that you already know repeated to you over and over again in a soothing manner. And yes, I make good money doing this, but I mostly attribute that to the fact that people sense I'm not doing it FOR the money. So I think the first step is not to think about what "audiences" want, but what YOU want, and the audience will come. It might sound corny, but it has worked for me.
Come to think of it: "Popular classic" has been around a long time. Think Offenbach, Johann Strauss, Sousa or the Boston Pops.
Hey, don't knock Rieu - he's the most famous cheese ever to come out of Holland.