Why Does All the World Bow Before Western Music?

Feb 2019
345
California
#1
Never mind the fact that most of the world (deplorably) loves American rap music. Western classical music completely dominates all "local" forms of non-pop music everywhere it has ever been.

Countries like China and Japan (for example) are extremely proud of their cultures---yet even during WWII, during the height of anti-Western xenophobia, no cultured Japanese or Chinese would even dream of attempting to seriously compare what passed as "music" in those cultures to Western classical music, and the teaching and performing of western classical music never ceased being considered a mandatory part of any educated and cultured persons upbringing.

Why did non-western cultures never develop anything remotely comprable in complexity and beauty to western classical music?
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
33,747
T'Republic of Yorkshire
#5
yet even during WWII, during the height of anti-Western xenophobia, no cultured Japanese or Chinese would even dream of attempting to seriously compare what passed as "music" in those cultures to Western classical music, and the teaching and performing of western classical music never ceased being considered a mandatory part of any educated and cultured persons upbringing.
Sources please.
 

Scaeva

Ad Honorem
Oct 2012
5,538
#9
The internet may change that. Consider that these have gone viral...



Western influenced perhaps, but they're singing in Mongolian and using Mongolian instruments.