Well as you might know , I love and respect music to the fullest ... I think that classical music is one of the most important types of music , thanks to them many forms and kind of notation develope , and well the influences even in modern music are clear ..I think classical music is amazing .. and well I love the all from early early classical music to modern , I think there's great composer :Mozart,Vivaldi,debussy,Monteveri in others ...
So let's discuss your opinions on classical music ..
It's a known fact that all musicians, not just ones within the metal scene, take influence from and even use classical music in their songwriting process. Sometimes it's only a few seconds, a minute - sometimes it's a carbon copy of the original version as an intro or interlude or outro...you name it.
And there's a reason why. While I don't necessarily like classical music, I definitely understand its complexity. Musicians this day and age simply cannot create anything that outdoes the majesty of classical music.
For instance, The Beatles are considered a "classic band". On the metal side of things, people hear "classic band" and think Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin for hard rock...
Now compare any of their songs to say...something written by Beethoven? Bach? Rachmaninoff? Vivaldi? Dvorak? The list goes on, and modern musicianship continues to pale in comparison.
I wager a bigger reason is that the tunes are familiar, respected rather universally and, most importantly, public domain. Borrowing some classical composer also gives you an air of musical legitimacy.
I don't agree with your analysis of modern music, anyway. Even before listening to any music for comparison, it seems immediately suspicious that humans would have somehow changed in the last few centuries and lost their ability to compose and arrange complex, skilled and beautiful music. That seems so uncredible that it's better to look for other explanations.
First, there's the issue of volume. The classical composers we look up to are a handful of stand-outs from a period of half a millenia. It stands to reason the average skill of recording artists in the last half a century isn't quite up to the same standards. Especially in a day when anyone can make music.
Secondly, there's the issue of genres: you gave examples of popular music. It's hardly fair to compare the complexity of a blues-based four-piece band like Black Sabbath whose fame is based on pioneering a sound and atmosphere to a symphony arranged for a 100-piece orchestra.
This extends to modern art (or "classical") music as well. The trend of the 20th and 21st centuries has been to go for a minimalistic aesthetic. The greatest composers of our time, like Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Philip Glass or John Cage have taken modern approaches to their music and never intended to write anything like Mozart. I have no doubt they wouldn't have been able to, had they wanted. Off the top of my head, I can't imagine many classical pieces more breathtaking than Pärt's Fratres, Glass's Einstein On The Beach or Reich's Drumming, Electric Counterpoint or Music For 18 Musicians. People like Astor Piazolla and Kimmo Pohjonen make very innovative things with their instruments. And then there are dozens of younger composers who haven't reached huge fame but have composed plenty of amazing film soundtracks, music for contemporary dance and traditional solo albums. Max Richter, Peter Broderick, Johann Johannsson, Gavin Bryars etc.
So yeah, I don't think music was any better before. It's true that you won't hear too much music like Mozart, Haydn or Bach from modern composers, but that's due to trends in style and aesthetic, not any lack of skill and potential in modern composers.
Before I like metal I was a great fan of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi etc (of course I'm still prejudiced). even I have a blog about classical musics but it's in persian and you can see its address in my profile. I like 4 seasons of vivaldi and almost every music(masterpieces) of Mozart and Beethoven.
LOVE IT, Vivaldi being some of my favorite stuff any genre, ever.
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I like Olafur Arnalds. Not my favorite by a long shot, but he's solid stuff. For new stuff you might appreciate, check out NOW Ensemble's Awake and Julia Kent's Green And Grey, off the top of my head. There are other good albums this year, too. Gotta get back to you on that.
Does anyone have in mind any good album/compilation with guitar-driven classical music? More specifically, some mediterranean-like tunes.
If it's not completely guitar-driven but it's really good I can take the recommendation as well