Why Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer and Murray Gold should be remembered as the Ravel, Vivaldi and Chopin of the 21st century.
Classical music is dying out, the only time old classical music is heard is on noughties car adverts or when someone takes a classic, plays it on an electric violin and suddenly it is revolutionary. Which is depressing to be honest, I have asked people why they aren’t fans and their response is that classical music is boring. Get them to listen to ‘Storm’ by Vivaldi and see if it is boring then.
We don’t realise it most of the time, but classical music is all around us, from the BBC to Warner Brothers, the soundtracks they use are drilled into out subconscious. Inception is one of the best examples, there are whole sections of film where the actors have no lines and Zimmer’s strings beam through. The same can be said for The Avengers theme tune, it represents the dedication, effort, discipline and strength of the characters’ in the film. Something Silvestri has done since 1972.
The most inspiring example of modern classical music is “He’s A Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean. It is a tune almost everyone has heard and can probably sing back to you. The song represents Captain Jack perfectly, I believe Zimmer was working off Depp as much as the story while creating it; as the scenes where the track is played are at times where there is no speech, this means Zimmer composed one of the most influential pieces of music from the last 50 to 100 years, based on Depp’s wacky hand movements and facial expressions. This is more of an achievement than ‘My anaconda don’t!” any day. In other words I can’t see the apeall of dubstep, hip-hop, soul, R&B or pop.
There is no reason classical music should be socially uncool when dubstep is just a pumped up version of what classical was three hundred years ago. Either way, I believe that classical music should be appreciated and it’s composers given greater praise for their work.
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