When did classical music go out of style? Here is an interesting read. Check it out…

Today the genre has a certain Shakespearean musk, an archaic thing for academics, the initiated or just old, rich, people, as likely to start a riot as an artichoke. Here’s why.

Cost: Classical music, previously just known as “music,” was once an egalitarian pleasure. In his work Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall, Joseph Horowitz wrote that the Chicago Orchestra of 1889 offered “workingmen’s concerts” with tickets priced at less than $3, adjusting for inflation.

At an evening performance of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, all but the most dismal seats typically sell forover $100. Cheaper alternatives like Amato and City Opera have closed. As has been exhaustively documented, millennials don’t have money to burn and are loathe spending it on institutions so financially uninviting.

Time: Most popular music today is pretty short. From Louie Armstrong to Katy Perry and everything in between, the average hit runs around two to four minutes, and that’s no coincidence. Music became shorter as we all got busier.

Electricity, cars and leisure time gave way to apps, email, House of Cards and more apps. It all requires our attention, often simultaneously, and has taken a terrible toll on our attention span. If you’re reading this on a computer, how many other tabs do you have open?

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