When Beethoven first performed his Ninth Symphony, as he couldn’t hear the rapturous applause it received due to his deafness, one of his singers approached him and turned him around so that he could see the standing ovation he was receiving.
Thomas Jefferson once met Mozart to commission a piece for his wife. However, he was put off by Mozart’s personality, and ended up not going ahead with the idea.
When Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered, it was so new and innovative that some music critics didn’t accept it, and one even called it “monstrous and tasteless.”
Classical and heavy metal music attract listeners with similar personalities but dissimilar ages. Younger people of the personality type like metal, older counterparts like classical. Both share their motivation: to hear something dramatic and theatrical, a “love of the grandiose.”
A shopping mall in Australia is using classical music to stop teenagers from loitering.
A McDonald’s in Mount Annan, Sydney Austrailia has been playing classical music on purpose to force teenagers off of its premises at late night
Florida passed a law requiring toddlers in state-run schools to listen to classical music every day, and in 1998 the governor of Georgia budgeted $105,000 per year to provide every child born in Georgia with a tape or CD of classical music.