Posted June 01 2002 - 02:52 PM
| Would guys like Jerry Goldsmith, Elfmann, Morricone be our modern day composers? Will they go down in the history books eventually? I ask truly out of ignorance. |
My gut feeling is yes if Mozart or a Brahms were alive today, I think they would compose for the medium of film, so does this credit these modern day composers as accomplished as the former?
No, I don't consider those movie composers to be of the same level as Mozart and Brahms. It's hard to theorize on what sort of music Mozart or Brahms would write if they were alive today. They certainly would not write music that sounds anything like what we already know by them.
I think that the time is gone where current classical composers will be remembered for 100's of years. In the Romantic era and before, that music was the pop music. If you wanted to hear music, that is what you listened to. There was no jazz, rock, country, ska...you get the idea. Of course there was also folk music, which many composers used in their pieces. It was a big deal to hear music in those days. Obviously, you couldn't just turn on the radio or pop in a cd to listen to music. You had to get all dressed up and go someplace to hear it. And, you couldn't just get in your car and go to the next city. I believe that music was much more central in the lives of the average person. Let's face it, how much could you do back then? (I am sure I will be shot down for that)
Another thing - all the composers that we know of today and that are popular really made a significant contribution to furthering the art. I don't think we can say that about the aformentioned movie composers. That is what Schoenberg and his followers were trying to do, but the early 20th century was a tumultuous time - WWI, depression, public disapproval of "new" music. And most importantly, technology. Recording is now possible. Playback is now possible. Radio is invented. More efficient transportation. Professional sports. More entertainment. All the while you got people like Boulez, Cage, Stockhausen and many others trying to get people to like their "bug music" (my term for very strange avante-garde music
) The public just wasn't buying it. Not when they could go to a baseball game and listen to Chuck Berry - on their record player
. That was the new music - and it continues (in a downward spiral in IMO) with the crap we hear on the pop stations today.
To answer your question, it's the rock stars that will go down in the history books. Hell, just go to Cleveland - it's already immortalized.