Films and video games storm classical music hall of fame
A total of 22 pieces in this year’s Classic FM Hall of Fame began life as film soundtracks, compared with only two when the poll began 20 years ago
Film and video game music now makes up a record number of the nation’s favourite classical pieces, a survey has found, amid declining snobbery about whether they count as serious music.
Clearly classical musical isn’t the most popular genre any more, but that’s not to say it’s dead – in fact this poll is a timely reminder that people really do love a good classical score, especially in the background of their favourite film or game. So maybe classical music is pretty good after all – isn’t that right, originator of this story?
A total of 22 pieces in this year’s Classic FM Hall of Fame began life as film soundtracks, compared with only two when the poll began 20 years ago.
Classical music station declares classical music relevant – that’s the story here. Although the lead has changed somewhat from the headline of the Classic FM press release:
Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 tops 20-year poll of classical music
Star Wars composer John Williams is named most popular living composer in Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame, which combines 20 years’ worth of polling data from annual Hall of Fame poll.
Even Classic FM’s own blog post about the enduring popularity of Rachmaninov gets spun to focus on the more contemporary aspects of the story. I’d hate to be the head of Classic FM and have to justify its relevance after that.
Sam Jackson, managing editor, said: “In the mid to late 1990s, it was pretty controversial that Classic FM at that time was playing film scores at all.
“The journey that we have now started with game music is what we saw with film music then.
“It took a while for it to bed in and become accepted. When it started to become more acceptable, we played those film scores more and more and people voted for them more.
“There’s a certain constituency of people who have said to us on both film and computer game music, that this is not classical music, because it’s not made for the concert hall.
“Film music is still a very, very good route in for people. Any use of classical music in popular culture is.”
Smoothly done, Sam.