Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay
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*quiet furious laughter*

Elsewhere, I commented that I wouldn't listen to Classic FM if I were paid to. For those of you outside the UK, it's an easy-listening popular "classics" radio station.

And someone just called me a snob on the strength of that.


My response:

blink* Me?

Uh, no; but if you want to think that, do feel free.

> If it introduces people to types of music they wouldn't normally
> listen to what's wrong with it?

The editorial policy, really. Unless they've changed *a lot* since
I last listened to them, they use way too much compression; they fade
badly; they cut pieces to ribbons with announcements. It's not
snobbery to object to people messing about with stuff one likes to
hear, is it? as it is, it makes me quite uncomfortable to listen
to it - hence my comment that I wouldn't listen if I were paid. I've
no real problem with the _material_ they broadcast; admittedly, much
of it lies outside my particular areas of expertise, but then that's
at least as true of, say, Radio 3, and I really do enjoy hearing
musical genres that I don't know much about. Truly, I think of myself
as far more a music _slut_ than a music _snob_...

> There is far too much snobbery about music in any genre,most of it
> engendered (and look at what that is almost an anagram of) by
> ignorance.

Heck, I'd think if I _were_ ignorant I'd be far less irked by how
Classic FM put out their material. I wouldn't know what it is they're
doing wrong.

> I'm no great fan of contemporary music but I don't brand the people
> who are as being ignorant,and I know no-one said they were but I'm
> just pre-empting what someone may say.

Heavens, you are being defensive. Why? Nobody's attacking you or your
opinions in any way, are they?

> I also feel that those who try to categorise music into particular
> "slots" and say this is "classical" and that is not are very blinkered
> and closed minded.All types of music can be considered as classical by
> their afficianados

Well, not really, not if you want the term to keep any precision. I'd
suggest that it's a lot less confusing if we keep it for use as it
was originally intended, to refer to music between the Late Baroque and
the Early Romantics. I think people confuse the term with "classic",
which is a judgement one could readily apply to works from any period
and any genre. The distinction _is_ useful: Ovid, Seneca, Tertullian
and so on are Classical writers; Ben Jonson, Jane Austen and P D James
have written some classic works.


Why do I care what she thinks? why do I bother with her? why am I torn between anger and laughter?
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