I think this debate on classical music doesn't mean much. Many people
like several kinds of music including classical. I am not a great opera
fan, although there are a few I enjoy, but I love instrumental classical
music from trios and quartets to symphonies. This works fine as a
counterpoint to my love for country music. A person can like all kinds of
music without trying to impress people. I am sure there are people that
listen to classical music to impress people although I don't personally know
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From: "Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]>
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> From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
>> The ClassicFM radio station in the UK claims six million listeners.
>> Admittedly this station concentrates on the more popular classical
>> music, but those listeners can't all be in a social elite.
> Well, our (GTA)"classical station," CFMX (IIRC) aka "Classical 97,"
> seems to be financially flourishing...a change from the classics
> having only been heard on obscure educational FM stations! OTOH,
> the current station has a "playlist" of a relative handful of
> well-known, often-heard musical works...and, at that, generally
> single movements (or parts thereof), in order to duplicate the
> flexibility (for commercial content...!) of pop-music radio!
> As far as the 6,000,000 classical-music fans...it is VERY likely
> that few are actually in a "social elite"...however, it is VERY
> likely that about 5,999,900 of them aspire to belong thereto,
> and thus want to be seen/heard listening to "upper class" music
> (i.e. classical music...)!
> Then, again...an unknown number may simply be unable to tolerate the
> current "hit music" of the XXI Jahrhundert, and are thus searching
> for available alternatives...?!
> Steven C. Barr