Do We Need This
Classical music has a reputation for being endless, boring, and stuffy. The Classical Music Is Cool trope challenges this by having a character who initially dislikes classical music become excitedly rapturous after actually listening to a symphony or opera.
Other times, this trope can be used in works where there are clashing "cultured" and "uncultured" groups who favor classical and popular (usually rock) music respectively. After both groups take the time to listen to the music they say they hate, both groups eventually agree that there's merit in both popular and classical music thereby leading to an Aesop
about why it's good to keep an open mind on cultural matters.
In addition, this trope can be invoked to show hidden depths and/or sensitivity in a lower class/middle class male who seems loutish upon first glance.
Also see Orchestral Bombing
and Rock Me, Amadeus!
. The polar opposite of Classical Music Is Boring
- In a Calvin and Hobbes strip, the 1812 Overture was being played and Hobbes pointed out to Calvin that those weren't drums in the symphony but cannons. Calvin's appreciation of the piece greatly increases with this revelation.
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: After being in a music appreciation class that many use as a excuse to nap, Moze comes to appreciate Mozart's more bombastic and lively peices when they help her in a volleyball game.
- Arthur. D.W. gets Yo Yo Ma to come to the library to play cello. Arthur and his friends are sure it's going to be boring. Francine has invited her uncle, jazz musician Joshua Redman, for the same day. The kids hope that the two will get into a fight. An Imagine Spot has them in a wrestling ring; Ma pulls out his cello and puts Redman to sleep. But on the day of the meeting it actually goes well, both get along and Redman expresses his enjoyment of classical music.