My younger generation might not know symphonies and concertos by name, but we recognize many melodies. Relatively few of us have attended classical performances — and fewer still seek them out — but we have at least a passing knowledge of the great composers’ works, even if we never listen to the songs all the way through and know little about the composers themselves.
How did we gain this basic familiarity with classical music? Through TV advertisements, film soundtracks, and (like Baby Boomers) through Looney Tunes. The latest generation is learning these songs through video games like Peggle.More