I've been reflecting on this, on the basis of projects on this site and even more because of projects on other sites. There is one, for instance, that recently chose Poulenc as the third "greatest" French composer, and is about to put Ravel in first place. Another project is probably going to have both Firebird and Petrouchka beat out Rite of Spring. I've seen Lutoslawski's 3rd symphony recommended more strongly than Beethoven's 3rd. On a recent project here, a bunch of people were recommending
Updated Mar-01-2012 at 16:29 by science
Ok, it didn't work well the last time: I declared a "no-purchasing project" was underway, and within a week I'd bought probably 36 hours of music.
Now, I'm going to enact the "Slow Purchasing Project," as I think it's a more manageable goal.
Anyway, I am feeling overwhelmed and grateful just now for the amount of music that there is... and, to be frank, that I have. I know the Naxos site is up and I ought to take advantage of a source like that,
The original "No Purchasing Project" was mostly a success. I didn't buy nearly as much stuff for awhile, and I listened to loads of stuff that I'd bought but not listened to yet.
So, I'm starting again, a new NPP, the NNPP. The terms are: I will reward myself with $1k of purchases if I:
- manage not to make any purchases for the next 2 months (until March 24th);
- and then make only minimal purchases until I've:
- finished listening to my
Updated Jan-25-2012 at 06:11 by science
I've been making it.
First, I got Franck's Beatittudes done.
Picked that up in a bargain box on a whim; it's a lot more exciting than I imagined the Beatitudes being. I suppose in a moral sense they were a great conquest or something, so they might have deserved such operatic treatment.
Next, I got another Romantic Piano Concerto disk done, this one being
Months ago I realized how much music I own but have not listened to, and vowed not to purchase more music until I'd listened to it all. Then I beat up my computer and canceled the project while I uploaded all my existing music onto my new computer.
Despite canceling the project, my rate of purchasing does seem to have slowed, or my rate of listening to music I'd never heard before accelerated, and I believe I'm within 48 listening hours of completing the project!