Have you ever heard Plato's quote: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything?" Or possibly, "music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” by Victor Hugo? I think it would be a rare occasion to meet someone who doesn't love music. Favorites may change, but there's always something that gets our toes tapping and heart soaring. Music does the inexplainable: it's moving, uplifting, healing, comforting, and exciting. It can express anger, joy, love, and sadness. It's wonderful!
I love most genres of music and enjoy picking the genre that best fits my mood at that specific time. That being said, there are limitations to my musical preferences. For example, I call myself a country music fan, however, I don't care for Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, or Shania Twain.
When it comes to the classical music genre, I believe everyone can be a fan. Classical music is, in my opinion, one of the most complex genres of music; therefore, I believe people shouldn't generalize and say they dislike it overall, unless they truly have explored a vast array of classical music.
There are the major four major periods of classical music. If you need some help brushing up on your music history, the four periods are: Baroque (i.e., Bach, Handel, Vivaldi), Classical (i.e., Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven), Romantic (i.e., Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky) and 20th Century (i.e., Prokofiev, Copland, Stravinsky).
Each period differs greatly from its predecessor, so I think it's completely feasible to say, "I love music from the Romantic period, but I don't care for Baroque music." It's also understandable to say, "I love listening to Mozart symphonies, but I really get bored listening to his piano concertos." The reason is that classical music envelopes so many different styles, timbres, sounds, and instruments; the options seem endless.
If you have had limited exposure to classical music, I urge you to venture out and try new composers. If Mozart piano concertos aren't your thing, check out Rachmaninoff. Listen to a Puccini opera like "La Boheme" if you were overwhelmed by the Wagner opera. Mahler's Symphony #2 is an amazing ride for your soul, especially if you go see it performed live!
I love a lot of music, but classical music takes the cake any day of the week. Music is an universal language that can relate so much of the human spirit.
So, is classical music for everyone? I say a resounding, "YES!" Go out and discover your favorites.
Suggested Music Listening
I can't imagine a piece more luscious than the second movement from Beethoven's Violin Concerto. I remember the first time I heard it live (Gil Shaham soloing with the Boston Symphony) - I wanted to look away because I was close to tears, but couldn't because I was so spellbound by the music.
The finale of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 is incredible! The soaring melodies can bring one to tears. The text here at the end says, "Die shall I in order to live; rise again, yes, rise again, Will you, my heart, in an instant! That for which you suffered, To God will it lead you!"
Chopin's Prelude in D-flat Major is incredibly gorgeous and brings a sense of peace and calmness.
I'm enamored every time I get to play Respighi's Pines of Rome. Its journey from start to finish is amazing; though my arms kill by the end, it's worth it!