The rift between art and popular music has been widening over the past century
Over the past 250 years, society has changed in significant ways. Classical music, blossomed and the current concert format became standard. Moreover, the world witnessed the birth of a new genre, rooted in the melancholy of blues melodies and the foot-tapping rhythms of ragtime. Collectively, jazz and classical music became the main driving forces of what we refer to as “art music”, the pinnacle of musical expression.
On the other hand, vernacular music has coexisted for quite some time, yet always remained secluded, and disparaged. With the rise of the working class, this separation became even more severe, since the only way of showing nobility that they can appreciate it as well was to elevate it to a higher plane. The rift between art music and popular music has been widening ever since.
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If we fast-forward to today’s age, while we are familiar with concerts that attracted as many as 100,000 attendees and A-list star concerts are regularly sold-out within minutes, classical music has seen a sharp decrease in concert attendance. While organizers have been scratching their heads, blaming content for this decline, studies show that content is still very much appreciated, even by audiences without a formal music education. Data by streaming platforms backs this conclusion as well.
We firmly believe that delivery is the culprit. It is not difficult to speculate that the typical 2-hour recital, which was purposely made into an elitist statement over 200 years ago, can be seen as out-of-place in today’s society. While we do not believe that it will ever die out, nor that it should, it is only logical to adapt and start evolving it to meet the needs of today’s audiences.
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If content is not to blame, we will have to rethink the way we deliver all underrepresented genres, without sacrificing quality or the well-being of the artists creating them.
We believe this can be achieved without compromising quality and granting artists the deserved recognition for bringing it to us. Perfect Sixth was created to cater to the needs of the 21st-century musician, and the global music community.
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