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    I was just wondering if the string quartet/quintet etc form is something someone who doesnt listen to classical music much would enjoy?

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    Well, it has a reputation as a difficult, abstract genre; but there's no accounting for taste. The best thing to do is to listen to some and make up your own mind.
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    Are you thinking of a particular quartet?

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    Depends on the composer imo. I would say Haydn would be the easiest to get into.
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    I think the repertoire hardly make it to Classical top ten something. But taste is a difficult word, just try it. Repertoire like Dvorak American quartet I think can attracted new listener quite easily.
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    Beethoven's string quartets were actually some of the first things I listened to when I started getting in to classical. I see all this talk about how they're "difficult to understand", but I don't really get it, they all sound just fine to me! And only one way to find out if you'd like them...trial and error
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    When I started listening to classical, I only listened to orchestral music. I liked the orchestral colors. I thought string quartets and piano pieces were too monochromatic. After I got into classical, I tested the waters and found I actually liked other genres.

    So in my experience, it was an acquired taste.
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    Something must be acquired; I don't know that it's 'taste'. The new listener has get used to the sounds the instruments make, both individually and together. When I started out (it was with Beethoven's Op. 18 set, played by the Guarnieri SQ) I thought it sounded like everyone was slightly out of tune. As it turned out, they were not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    [I]When I started out (it was with Beethoven's Op. 18 set, played by the Guarnieri SQ) I thought it sounded like everyone was slightly out of tune. As it turned out, they were not.
    I had that problem also.

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    I think it is, but then again any sort of music is an acquired taste. The rewards are great, but it needs a bit of concentration.
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    When I got into Classical Music I was almost only listening to String Quartets. I started with Beethoven's late ones and then I realized that I discovered awesome music. I guess it was quite natural for me.
    Either way, I really suggest that you try and "acquire" that taste. There's truly great music to find there!
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    On facebook I recommend a daily piece to my friends, and I have refrained from chamber music in general unless it's a piano piece that I have played before. I usually stick to orchestral things. Thanks for the input.

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    Schubert's quartets are highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peeyaj View Post
    Schubert's quartets are highly recommended.

    He seems like he was enjoying it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    He seems like he was enjoying it lol


    He he he..

    I never expected Mr. Carter would enjoy that kind of music..

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