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Why We Care About Music


This TED talk explains some of music's emotional power: Conductor Benjamin Zander and Chopin.

Music training may provide a lifelong boost in brain function.

Musical cooperation increases empathy.

Tools of the Trade

Orchestral Instruments

Contemporary Music

Modern classical music lost much of its audience when academics and critics began praising atonal and serial compositions. While some critics still belittle attractive melodies, toward the end of the century many composers were returning to them. Others, who'd never left, began to be recorded more often.

Because concert goers still haven't recovered from hearing modern music only Schoenberg or Boulez could understand, orchestras continue to shun new music. That's unfortunate. Many contemporary works could please even the most conservative audience—if given the chance. Sample these composers if you doubt it.