The Birth Of The Pop Classical Music Fusion Revolution

In music, fusion means the bringing together or mixing of seemingly different musical genres to create a new musical genre. An example of this would be ‘Celtic Punk,’ where traditional Celtic music would be mixed together with elements from ‘Punk’ music. The new genre title usually tells the story. Often times this comes about sort of naturally and accidentally although bands can deliberately do so to create a new and unique sound or to reach a wider audience. This is also referred to as crossover music. One might think that pop classical music fusion would be quite a reach, but it’s not and here’s why;

What one generally thinks of a ‘Classical’ music is really three or four very different periods of music that stretch back to the sixteen hundreds and before. All this music got rather a bad rap because, like Moses and his followers coming out of Egypt and taking great pains to ensure a separate social identity, Pop music sort of went the extra mile to try and dissociate itself from Classical music. This also became an advantageous lever that is still used by the music business today. Wot’s the selling point? It’s revolutionary. People what listen to it are rebels.  They are the young and restless and don’t drive Mercedes or wear suits and have no truck with the establishment, who listen to stuff like Beethoven.

Wait a minute here. Did we ever actually have a revolution? Let’s see, when was the last one. Oh yes, the American Revolution. And what was the one before that? Ah, the French Revolution; the one where they chopped off Marie Antoinette’s head, pretty rebel like. And Ludwig, it seems, had written a symphony called The Eroica that he had dedicated to Napoleon and the Republican ideals of laying down class distinction once and for all. He withdrew his dedication to Napoleon after it was apparent that Napoleon was a traitor to his own cause. Now you can’t get much more revolutionary than that.

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