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[Music Genres and Global Music Market] What is Easy Listening? Characteristics and History Piano, Jazz, Orchestra

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Many people are familiar with the genre of easy listening. Many music search sites have a genre called easy listening, and it is a well-recognized genre. This genre is a minor genre.

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What is Easy Listening?

Easy listening is one of the music genres that you can listen to without any particular background knowledge such as piano or jazz. This genre is a term that came into use around the 1960s and 1970s, and BGM played at stations and department stores has come to be called easy listening. In this genre, there are many songs that do not have a complicated structure, and there are many songs that are simple and have few instrumental parts, and are easy to listen to. For this reason, songs such as jazz and piano that were popular at the time, as well as orchestras with simple structures, are sometimes classified as easy listening.

Easy Listening Music

history and background

Easy listening is by no means a major genre. It’s not a classic genre like hip-hop or EDM, so it’s a minor impression. This genre is said to have originated in America around the 1940s. In the 1950s, the music industry newspapers called the music that was played as BGM on radios, public transportation trains, and even department stores easy listening music. Therefore, this term came to be recognized by the general public around the 1960s, and from around the 1970s it was treated as an established genre. This genre has a social movement, such as research on the positive effect of BGM on work efficiency in workplaces, and is often confused with healing music. The orchestral instrumental pieces by Raymond Lefebvre and Franck Poursel can be said to be representative pieces of easy listening.

These songs are still in great demand today. It is in demand at department stores, supermarkets, hotels, and even cafes. It can be said that it is a genre that has many opportunities to listen to unconsciously. It’s a common occurrence that music that seems sober and likely to die out in the near future has a surprisingly long lifespan. Demand is so widespread that it’s unlikely that the genre will go away anytime soon.

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Paul Mauriat

French composer, pianist and harpsichordist. He is famous for popularizing the easy listening genre. In the late 1900s, radio and television played his music all over the world.

Raymond Lefèvre

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