You’ve never heard of it, but you’ve heard it…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf42IP__ipw
This duet is featured in Piranha 3D, Meet the Parents, Superman Returns (Kevin Spacey’s scene), Bronson (with Tom Hardy), Carlito’s Way, True Romance, and The Hunger. Hmmm, only seen Meet the Parents and Superman returns. Then there’s the Trout Quintet. That was in Sherlock Holmes, Game of Shadows. The villain, Moriarity uses that song to torture Holmes. Over and Over and Over we see Classical music being the music of choice for the villains. Why is that?
It is the music of the elite. Rap, Punk, Metal… yes those bands are expensive, but there are only a few members of each band. An orchestra though, that’s some heavy stage production! What if you wanted to cut it down to one or two people…Bach Cello Prelude comes to mind, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGgG-0lOJjk. Look at the look on his face! He’s transported!
Fur Elise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1iZXyWLnXg is another solo you might request. But when it comes to performing these songs, it takes years of practice and study to play them as they were meant to be played. It’s not something you can just play. So the music is not music of the common person. It is relegated to those who have the time to listen, truly listen and appreciate this type of music.
Fine art is the same way…Modern, Renaissance, Impressionistic art, is appreciated with time and study.
Is this sculpture modern or ancient? Is it a work in progress or finished? What does it mean? How was it conceived? Who was the artist? Fine art, whether it is Modern, Renaissance, Impressionistic art, is appreciated with time and study.
Classical Dance, same story: you can go to the ballet, but unless you understand what you’re seeing, there is no appreciation. All the finest art is for those few with the inclination to study and become familiar with the forms, and the time to expend on the appreciation.
If you look at the portraits in the Louvre, those are not primitive photos. Most think of the Mona Lisa as a rather large painting. It’s not. It’s only 20″ X 30″
Each painting reveals the subject’s place in time, their character, the character of the artist, and the perspective unique to the piece. The photographic portraits reveal the skill of the photographer to get the subject to sit still for 20 seconds. In fact those really aren’t portraits; they’re just pictures. A modern artist in photographic portraits spends a lot of time placing, posing and dressing the subject and the background to achieve art.
Do you understand why the best actors prefer the live stage to the movie or t.v. set? It’s continuous acting! Engaging oneself for the duration of the play and intense interaction with the other players and the audience as well. In those plays that have long runs, the dynamic on the stage and with the audience changes each time it is performed and makes it critical to fully engage in every performance as if it was Opening Night. The appreciation of this interaction by members of the audience takes an understanding of the play, the players, the direction and the venue.
This appreciation takes education in areas not normally associated with the common man. “Common men” have no interest in art for art’s sake, no curiosity in the finer things in life. They don’t need a higher level of education, and I’m not talking about degrees and certifications. You will find “common men” with PhD’s. They thirst for knowledge, but not knowing. They focus on intellect not understanding. “Common men” do not ponder. Highly intelligent people think differently than Smart people. Smart people can regurgitate facts and statistics and fascinating trivia, but they cannot interpret this information in a way that opens new insights into how the universe works. Highly intelligent people, on the other hand, see connections that link seemingly unconnected things.
Most have heard the butterfly effect. Tiny, almost inconsequential differences in initial conditions can result in vastly different ending conditions. The ripples of change brought about by nearly unnoticeable actions of so many different sources makes things that would seem random to actually be traced, action for action, second for second back to a set of initial conditions that due to the “randomness that is our existence” cannot be duplicated.
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”