One place where you continue to hear classical music is the movie theater. Some of the most poignant moments in cinema history have been accompanied by the classical greats. From the opening of Strauss in 2001 A Space Odyssey to the stark battlefield scene in Platoon with Barber right down to the classical pieces composed for the screen by such as John Williams, music is not background but part of the script and a key player in the end result. They are vastly different in style and sound -- from Raging Bull - Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni) to There Will Be Blood - Violin Concerto in D major (Johannes Brahms) to Apocalypse Now - Flight Of The Valkyries (Richard Wagner) to Five Easy Pieces - Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4 (Frédéric Chopin) to Philadelphia - La Mamma Morta, from Andrea Chénier (Umberto Giordano) to Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation - Turandot (Giacomo Puccini) -- and that is a very short list from the top of my memory.
Alas, classical music is disappearing from the ears of our children, youth, and young adults. It has been replaced by an ever changing sound track that will probably not endure as these musical giants from the past (and present) have provided a music that spans the generations. I lament the loss not for myself but for those who come after me. It is not a matter of appreciation as much as it is exposure. Sometimes, however, I wonder if we are even listening anymore and the muzak has become merely background noise. That which can and does and should enliven and ennoble us leaves more than silence in its loss. We are the poorer.