I am now going through a huge 'listening project', which basically decides what I listen to. The goal is: listening to a 'basic repertoire' in strict chronological order, so that I understand evolutions and revolutions in the history of classical music. Here's what I do:
1. I take a list of a 'basic repertoire', found on the net (a quite extensive list).
2. I give every work a date (not easy, this part), and compile a list in strict chronological order.
3. Every week I go to the discotheque of the library, and take the next 5 works on the list.
4. So, every week I listen to the works, and try to decide for myself which would belong to my own 'basic repertoire'.
I started in March 2010, and I am now "in 1742" (Messiah, Goldberg Variations and stuff). Still a long way to go...
For who's interested: I have made a blog of my adventurous journey (in Dutch). For everyone (fairly) understandable is the list with works. (Sorry if making publicity for this is against the forum rules )