A good number of people have asked me why I think classical and baroque music is superior to modern music today, more specifically pop, techno, electronica, dubstep and the like. The reason I believe this is so is a very simple reason, yet it holds more water to me than any reasoning anyone can give as to why it’s not: In 100 years, who will remember any musical acts of today, and who will still remember Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart?
Continuing along those lines, metal music, with its virtuosity, is the closest musical descendent of classical and baroque, especially progressive metal. How many pop/techno/electronica songs do you hear using any other scale than the pentatonic major scale? Looking at metal, you’ll find that the pentatonic scales are the minority. You’ll find lydian, phrygian, harmonic minors, melodic minors, ionian, dorian, mixolydian and countless others in the majority. It’s the same thing with classical music.
Looking again at pop music (and the rest previously mentioned), think of a really good pop song from ten years ago. Now twenty. Now thirty. It gets so much harder the longer you go back. I can’t even think of a pop song from ten to twenty years ago, and I used to listen to pop music back then. Now do that with rock. You can go back almost a hundred years before it starts getting difficult. Why is that? Because it’s so closely tied to classical music. You remember that music because it’s a bit different in the musical notation. You don’t have to know or understand anything about music to know that the sound of a melodic and harmonic minor scale can stir feelings in you that you didn’t know music could, but you will remember that it did.
That’s why I believe classical music is superior to modern music. That’s why I believe the descendents of classical music are superior to a good amount of modern music. I won’t say all music, because flamenco guitarists blow my mind every time I see them play, but look at that: they also play a descendent of classical music.