Chamber Music in the 21st Century: Adapting Classical Music to the Modern World

Paper Presentation
28 August 2020
14:00 - 15:00 hrs (GMT+7)

Supamongkol Kasemjitwat, Speaker

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In the 21st century, technology has created myriad ways for us to listen to music, allowing listeners to discover music in various, diverse styles. In this environment, classical music concerts can seem bland and unimaginative, especially for younger generations. 


This study examines possible ways to adapt classical music to today’s context. I begin by asking, why many people think that classical music is boring, and then consider how I as a musician can make it more interesting to them.


In the course of this research project, I investigated the effects of classical music experiences on both musicians and non-musicians. As evidenced in interviews, many people today find that the format of classical music concerts generally rely too heavily on past traditions. 


Chamber music, however, with its relatively compact size and its suitability for smaller audiences, provides a potential testing ground for innovation. Drawing references from several different styles of chamber music performances both in Thailand and abroad, I have generated ideas for creating concerts that are more accessible for Thai audiences and that can help to diversify and popularize the classical music scene in Thailand.