After having listened consistently and extensively music for more than three decades, I had, quite a few times, to defend my devotion and full dedication to classical music against a majority of contemporary people, who lead a very practical way of life. I have to admit that I was often faced with very legitimate questions and arguments, so that I had to wonder...With the years, having the benefit to travel and live to various and different places in the world, I came to the conclusion that, probably, I belong, whether I wanted it or not, to a discriminating group of people, who believe in some high esthetic values, that do not represent anything necessary or abcsolutely useful in our practical race for more success, recognition, promotion, comfortable lifestyle (just name it). Quite a few people argue that this music belongs to the museum and it is useful only for those who have a particular reason to find out how the music was in the past. In some remotest parts of the world, the folks there simply called it "western" music and they dismissed any possible interest for anybody else outside Europe and what it is called "western world". In some other societies, anywhere in the world, they plainly called it "the music" for the "bourgeois" (pas le gentillhome).
Therefore,, considering that all of us in these forums are like-minded people, do we have any argument(s) in defence of this music we love and appreciate? Do we have any particular one regarding the "added value" for the continuation of listening to classical music? Do we have enough reasoning for keeping it in live concerts, paying tax-payers money for maintaining big orchestras, large concert halls, etc? Or spending small or big fortunes in collecting CDs, DVDs, etc.? Or why this music does not belong to the museum, only for the interested people? In addition, how can we defend the role of classical music in building better family ties, stronger and healthier relations with the people we work or live with? Or how influential may be in a declining world full of crises, trouble, confusion, crime, lack of security and so on?
I sincerely hope you find the topic pertinent and you may wish to build an appropriate debate to find out music's "reason d'etre" in our modern lifestyle.