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Myths and Curiosities

Misconceptions about classical music are common in society , and they have misled many people into thinking that they should not listen to it or attend concerts and opera. Below you will find some information on those myths and learn some interesting facts about the world of classical music and music in general.

Classical Music is Expensive

Untrue! As an example, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles regularly offers discounts to students, as well as discounted tickets for the general public for special events, such as the concert hall's 10th anniversary. Tickets can be as cheap as $10. And, of course, classical CDs and MP3s are very affordable. Many older recordings are also part of the public domain and can be downloaded for free.

Classical Music is Irrelevant

The Beatles included classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen as one of the faces on the cover of the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and a number of artists take a significant amount of inspiration from older, and more recent, classical composers. Music would certainly not be where it is today if not for the constant march of classical innovation. Explore MODERNO's homepage to learn more about it.

Classical Music is for Old People

This is entirely untrue. Classical Music is for anyone who is interested in exploring its depth, beauty and benefits, and as pointed out, it's used in popular media extensively.

All Classical Music is Old

Classical music is alive and well and being composed every day. Classical music is not tethered to any single era, and the present day is more productive than ever! Check MODERNO's homepage in order to learn more about modern artists who are influenced by Classical Music.

You need to know Music History

It's true that understanding the background of a certain music period or composition can offer you a whole different experience when you are listening to it, however, you don't need to know Music History in order to appreciate Classical Music. All you need is to close your eyes and enjoy the experience, as music speaks for itself.

Music Affects our Perception

Sad or happy songs can affect us. Studies show that after hearing a short piece of music, participants were more likely to interpret a neutral expression as happy or sad, to match the tone of the music they heard.

Piano Strings

The average medium size piano has about 230 strings, each string having about 165 pounds of tension, with the combined pull of all strings equaling approximately eighteen tons !

The Trout

There are 6 versions of Franz Schubert’s “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”), simply because when friends asked him for copies of the song, he wrote out new copies to the best he could remember at the time.

Which one is faster?

A grand piano can be played faster than an upright (spinet) piano because it has a repetition lever that allows the pianist to repeat the note when it is only half way up. An upright piano requires letting the key all the way up to reset the hammer action.