Hey long time no post
Been having something on my mind, namely classical music representation in media. If you watch enough TV or movies (and read enough books to some extent) when classical music or any of the performing fine arts (orchestras, band, choir, ballet, etc.) are passively represented in the narrative of the story in question. Now what I mean by passive represented I mean it is not completely integral to the story (may be a random fact of a character(s), a background setting, or set a mood for a scene). Some examples you might know are "the band nerd character," a string quartet playing in the background of a fancy dinner, the rival school that sings or plays snooty classical music juxtaposed to the more hip underdog group and so on.
I would like to do more research on this topic but I wanted to ask you all something. Can you think of any scenes from a movie or television show that had a less than positive representation of classical music. What were your feelings about it, if any? And do you find it problematic how the trope of using classical music at the antagonist, joke, or using it short hand for snooty and snobby elites?
I'll share a few of mine in a little bit.
Im not saying that all classical music representation has been negative, there are have amazing movie and TV shows that treat classical music with the utmost respect. Think Mozart in the Jungle, Nodame Cantabile, Sound Euphonium, The Quartet, Black Swan, etc.