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    Hello TCers!

    During the past year my music listening has shifted almost entirely to classical, and I have developed a taste for seeing live performances as often as I can as well. Luckily we live in the age of Spotify, which has been invaluable for me, and I live in NYC, which has been great in terms of performances.

    I've decided to focus on SQs in particular as my "point of entry" into the repertory and have been listening my way through the TC Top 100 SQ list in chronological order (currently on Tchaikovsky's 3rd by the Borodin Quartet).

    Have also started reading sheet music while listening to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven quartets, which definitely helps me to understand more about structure. Haydn is my benchmark and I'm trying to see his quartets live as often as possible - have been lucky enough to see several performances already this year.

    Having profited enormously so far as a reader of TC, I hope that sometime I'll be able to make some small contribution back. It is nice to be here.

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    Welcome to the forum, newyorkconversation. I'm glad you've already found the TC Top 200 String Quartets list which will, I think, be a decent resource to guide your listening for a while. Don't forget the 'honourable mentions' and 'also nominated' works sections which follow the main list of 200 which contains many lesser known works.

    You might consider posting what you are listening to as you go along on the 'Current Listening' thread, which, as a former regular member suggested, acts as a kind of 'Town Square' for the forum.

    Current Listening Vol IV

    There are a couple more threads you might be interested in, though neither has been active for a while now:

    String Quartet talks, what do you like etc ?

    For discussion of any work for String Quartet.

    New String quartet talk...

    This thread concerns String Quartets written after around 1975.

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    Hi and welcome! I’ve only been posting on TC since October when the Amazon forums closed down, and find there’s so much I want to read I could easily spend hours catching up! I love SQs too but hadn’t spotted the Top 100 list so I’m glad you mentioned it.

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    I see you feeling at home already, I did welcome you but this is the real place, have fun exploring.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Nice intro post. Much better than mine, which was about Cheese butties and piccalilli. Have fun here.

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    Welcome to the Forum, newyorkconversation. Two years ago I made the same transition though I'm more into orchestral and opera. Sure that string quartets can be impressive and once I will need to visit them all. Only Tried Bartók by the Tokyo SQ for DG, and just because Woody Allen once mentioned them.

    Have a great time and Merry Christmas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    Sure that string quartets can be impressive and once I will need to visit them all. Only Tried Bartók by the Tokyo SQ for DG, and just because Woody Allen once mentioned them.

    Well, you and Woody Allen alighted on a great interpretation of a great set of works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurnaboutVox View Post
    Well, you and Woody Allen alighted on a great interpretation of a great set of works.
    Actually, The Shanghai String Quartet played the 4th only for the Melinda and Melinda soundtrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newyorkconversation View Post
    Hello TCers!

    During the past year my music listening has shifted almost entirely to classical, and I have developed a taste for seeing live performances as often as I can as well.
    Welcome aboard - always happy to hear of people shifting to classical music. I was born into a classical music family so it's all I new when growing up.

    Have also started reading sheet music while listening to Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven quartets, which definitely helps me to understand more about structure.
    No doubt you know about IMSLP where you can download a plethora of classical music scores. I have found that site to be a very valuable resource.

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    Having profited enormously so far as a reader of TC, I hope that sometime I'll be able to make some small contribution back. It is nice to be here.[/QUOTE]

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    Hi there and welcome to TC. Think you will love it on this site. My favourite SQ is Tchaikovsky no 1 opus 11. Its really beautiful. Saw the Endellion String Quartet live last summer and they autographed a CD for me. Well I look forward to reading your posts.

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    Wow! What a warm welcome! Greatly appreciated all.

    I should say I grew up in Boston listening to Robert J Lurtsema on WGBH every morning and both my parents listened to classical music - my mother was a BSO subscriber - so it is also a bit of homecoming for me (albeit at an advanced age).

    And yes, I have definitely found IMSLP and found it to be very valuable -- although recently I've started plumping for books of scores on Amazon (eg Haydn, Mozart, Schubert by Dover).

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