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    So often people use the words "taste in classical music". What do these words mean? "His taste in classical music is .... " What does that mean? Does this have anything to do with what people like - their preferences?

    Is there anything such as bad taste in classical music?

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    Taste=liking or interest in something.

    "Good/bad taste" is someone's opinion on someone else's liking or interest in something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapide View Post
    Does this have anything to do with what people like - their preferences?
    Yes.

    Most (probably all) musical genres inlude enough 'differentiation' for people to have preferences within them. Classical music in its casual, wide definition encompasses more than 500 years of music.
    Last edited by Norse; Nov-22-2012 at 13:10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComposerOfAvantGarde View Post
    Taste=liking or interest in something.

    "Good/bad taste" is someone's opinion on someone else's liking or interest in something.
    Unless it is Ligeti. That defines if you got good or bad taste.

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    Good taste in classical music is what I have. Other people can only approach that pinnacle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Good taste in classical music is what I have. Other people can only approach that pinnacle.
    Kudos. It's good to be honest.

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    I've been told I have a good taste, and it's always associated with someone hearing a new, rather lesser known work for the first time through me, and them liking the work immediately, i.e. a successful sharing. Normally, I don't think that would happen if I shared Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto with someone who knows it already. "Good taste" seems to be associated with good knowledge, and being able to connect with the person you are sharing the music with: "This is a great piece, I'm so glad you shared it with me. I think you have a great taste!" Something along that line has been told to me on several occasions.
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    a specific liking to a certain style or form within an art. for example a taste in music, clothes, films, books.
    Last edited by LordBlackudder; Nov-22-2012 at 18:06.

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    I know what good taste in CM is, and I want no part of it. I need total freedom, total flexibility, total objectivity.

    Good taste is what made Schwartzkopf not want to work with Glenn Gould. Good taste seems to align itself with an elite traditionalism, which I abhor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    I know what good taste in CM is, and I want no part of it. I need total freedom, total flexibility, total objectivity.

    Good taste is what made Schwartzkopf not want to work with Glenn Gould. Good taste seems to align itself with an elite traditionalism, which I abhor.
    "Good taste" seems to align itself with any kind of elitism.

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    To me it often seems to have something to do with the percieved 'depth' of the music. The more 'deep' music you listen to, the better your taste. You can listen to accessible, light and fluffy music too once in a while, you just have to do so with the clear awareness that you're listening to something light and fluffy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance View Post
    "Good taste" seems to align itself with any kind of elitism.
    Those of us who are among the elite understand that one must separate the wheat from the chaff in all things. Those of us who are among the ultra elite can recognize the chaff. Those of us among the ultra elite who subscribe to noblesse oblige attempt to provide illumination to those less fortunate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Those of us who are among the elite understand that one must separate the wheat from the chaff in all things. Those of us who are among the ultra elite can recognize the chaff. Those of us among the ultra elite who subscribe to noblesse oblige attempt to provide illumination to those less fortunate.

    Thanksgiving is our Recognition Day.
    I certainly agree, I was just saying to Mr. Million that not only traditionalists are elitists. The same elitism, or maybe more is in modern music as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance View Post
    I certainly agree, I was just saying to Mr. Million that not only traditionalists are elitists. The same elitism, or maybe more is in modern music as well.
    Well, I think you are right in what you say... but you were not supposed to agree with my 'elite' post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance View Post
    I certainly agree, I was just saying to Mr. Million that not only traditionalists are elitists. The same elitism, or maybe more is in modern music as well.
    Listen to scome Schnittke. You might not be anti-modern then.

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