How Cartoons and Media Increase Classical Music Exposure

With so many genres of music available, there is always something for everyone’s tastes. To some, however, classical music is a mystery. Let’s see how cartoons and media increase classical music exposure. This entertainment form, known for bringing laughs, offers so much more….

Do you enjoy watching classic cartoons like Looney Tunes and Disney? You likely heard some classical music. These two companies were responsible for bringing this genre to a younger generation back in the 40’s. How’s that you say?

Classical music was reaching a point of dwindling interest during this period. Cartoons, on the other hand, were increasing in popularity. Combining the two was the perfect solution. Case in point…

RABBIT OF SEVILLE
Have you seen the Rabbit Of Seville? This delightfully entertaining cartoon uses Gioachino Antonio Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ operatic music masterpiece as the theme throughout the entire feature. Lyrics are synchronized to the music and sung throughout the cartoon.

Remember the barbershop scene? No singing occurs, just the perfect blend of music and cartoon animation. Perfect. Listen carefully to the music playing when Bugs is the barber and Elmer is his customer. Bugs is “shampooing” Elmer’s head. The music adds excitement, mood changes, and ambiance all at once. How can anyone not enjoy classical music after watching/hearing that?!

FIGARO
There is another Looney Tunes favorite featuring an opera singer performing with Bugs as the conductor. The longer the singer belts out the note, his face turns red and his necktie bursts. Of course, Bugs encourages it. The music being performed is the classical piece composed by Mozart titled ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. Fantastic!

LONE RANGER
“HI HO SILVER AWAAAY!” That well-known tune is actually taken from a classical music masterpiece known as ‘The William Tell Overture’ composed by Gioachino Antonio Rossini. As any classically-trained musician knows, this lively piece is played after a long drawn-out “calm before the storm” segment.

There are plenty of other examples where classical music entertains us without us ever having to sit in a symphony chair. Enjoy!

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