In the beginning I like well written pop songs. Then I went into art rock and prog rock music that was ambitious with having multiple sections etc. however now that I discovered classical music, my taste in rock music has veered itself back to well written pop songs.
I just find that it's possible for a pop song to have a melody or using classical music language a theme that is in the similar (although admittingly not equal) ballpark of great classical music melodies in terms of quality. However how well does prog rock tries to do symphonic suites, multipart epics compared with Beethoven?
However saying that I still love prog rock and I haven't stopped loving prog albums. It's just that my
Yes is probably the most seemless of the prog epics. however the problem with Yes and I think the main reason why I don't think prog rock will ever be equal to 17th and 18th century classical music even if you have rock musicians who are classicaly trained in composition is that 20th century classical music occurred. So the influence of expansion of the harmonic language in the 20th century with people like Stravinsky and the modernist of bartok, schoenberg etc have their dirty imprints corrupting any budding classical composers. Also remember that Stravinsky used a technique called "juxtaposition" which in the 18th and 19th century would just be consided sloppy composing where mixing unrelated melodies together would create in the minds of stravinsky defender "interesting" effect. You can't expect seemless transition between section if the people writing music are fans of Igor Stravinsky
Due to this a lot of yes instrumental links between sections sounds like discord even if they are motiffically linked to each other because they use 20th century classical music language. The beginning of close to the edge with Steve Howe guitar playing sounds like garbage to me and i feel the same of most of his instrumental work in Gates of Delirium as well. The only reason why I like Close To the Edge and Gates of delirium is the traditional pop song like sections that grounds the piece of music. The progressive elements kinda sucks