The term “classical music”, emblematic of a symbolic hierarchy in musical genres, has, paradoxically, no very precise definition. It is Western scholarly music, written on scores, whether religious or secular. But it is just as much the music of the 18th and 19th Centuries (a period of so-called “classical”). Among others.
Even if its reality is blurred, it is very clear that the function of classical music is to place itself in a position of superiority over popular music, from that of the Middle Ages to that of the 21st Century. It is the music of the elites, one of the instruments of power. It is therefore not at all neutral in political terms. One only has to look at the way it is taught in the Conservatories and the socio-cultural composition of its audience. This in no way diminishes the importance and beauty of the works, nor the talent of the composers and performers.