There seems to be thread developing on this blog (not surprising since it's a thread that exists in my life and this blog is an extension of that...) - the effects of classical music on other forms of music and the effects of those other forms on classical music.
On the 28th, I blog'd about My Classical Music Style, discussing the elements of "pop" music that is leaking into my classical writing. My good friend Shay commented on the effects of classical music in his own "Americana" style (click here for a listen). On the 18th I posted a note about the Blending of jazz and classical music by not only me but other composers as well. And today the Telegraph writes of how Folk and Classical are blending.
The basic thread is "we are a product of our roots" so let's not deny them. Schoenberg said (roughly), there is no new music that is not built on what comes before. And in our modern world where all forms of music is recorded (thus preserved), and available to download (another thread developing) there has never been a better chance to be exposed and thus influenced by a vast array of music styles. I look forward to what composers in twenty or thirty years are composing as it will undoutably but something very different and yet reminiscent of today.
I only hope that somewhere in that mix my own music can play a role of influence.