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    Quote Originally Posted by jani View Post
    I never hated or loved classical music before i started to play guitar. ( There are some exceptions i'v always loved Fur elise, turkish march, eine klaine nacth music, Mozarts 40th symphony.

    My big discovery/awakening with classical music. Happened when i discovered Yngwie.J.Malmsteens music. I became a Yngwie fan boy and since he is influenced by some Classical composers i decided to listen to some classical music.
    The first piece i listened to was Beethovens moonlight sonata and instantly fell in love to it and classical music etc...
    At the moment i have really listened to classical music only for two years and wish that someday i would be able to write orchestral works what could be performed by a real orchestra.
    So, I take it that the guitar was just a starting point for you in getting into classical music? How do you feel about classical music written for the guitar, or classical pieces transcribed for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vesteralen View Post
    So, I take it that the guitar was just a starting point for you in getting into classical music? How do you feel about classical music written for the guitar, or classical pieces transcribed for it?
    I haven't tried to learn any classical pieces what were written for guitar but, There are some great Classics that transcribe well for guitar IMO. Like Bachs air on a G string, Beethovens moonlight sonata, Mozarts turkish march.
    Also i would love to see some great composers writing pieces specially for electric guitar.
    Steve Vai has written stuff were he combines the orchestra with guitar playing and i love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jani View Post
    I haven't tried to learn any classical pieces what were written for guitar but, There are some great Classics that transcribe well for guitar IMO. Like Bachs air on a G string, Beethovens moonlight sonata, Mozarts turkish march.
    Also i would love to see some great composers writing pieces specially for electric guitar.
    Steve Vai has written stuff were he combines the orchestra with guitar playing and i love it!
    So much of the classical music specifically written for the guitar has a Spanish flavor to it, and that may not be to everyone's taste. If you do like that, I can really recommend Xuefei Yang's CD with the Concerto de Aranjuez on it - not so much for that piece (though it's great), but for the Albeniz Concerto that is also on that disc. What a find!

    One of my favorite pieces to play when I was taking lessons was a Bach Invention (#4) that my teacher accompanied me on. That was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I started taking lessons way too late in life, and I am already dealing with the onset of arthritis in the little finger of my right hand. I still enjoy playing for fun, though.

    I wish you success on your journey into the classics.

    Pay no attention to the image below - it is indeed Xuefei Yang, but it's not the right disc. (It's very good though.)
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    I guess, in 1917

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    I was very young, I believe the first piece I ever heard was either Tchaikovsky's 4th or Beethoven's 23'rd Piano Sonata, or at least those are the first two that wowed me, and I've been in love ever since.

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    I came from a totally unmusical background, so hadn't really heard anything before. Then, on a whim, in the final year of my undergraduate degree I borrowed a CD of Chopin's etudes from my university library. It was completely life-changing, and from that point on I've been completely in love with music.

    When I went on to postgraduate study, I was very lucky to find that my tutor was not only an expert in my subject, but also an expert on music. He's been brilliant in guiding my musical education - not to mention lending me literally hundreds of CDs. It's really broadened my horizons.

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    Ahaha, you know what I mainly remember when I was little? My mum and sister playing Scottish and Irish tunes on the violin! And the radio would be playing classical music (I can't remember anything in particular).

    So anyways... Then I started learning the violin and I've loved classical music since then!
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    It was way back in the 1800's when i was trotting along. I heard some amazing music.
    I rushed towards the noize in my two horse drawn carraige. After the music finished i was back in the year 2007...


    ---edited to mention the composer...
    I have no idea who the composer was... i have yet to find out... (it was on the local classical channel that at the time i was just randomly listening to random stations...) though i think it was Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Empire" but it doesn't sound exactly like the one before... (it might have been something i have yet to obtain...) ...could even be Weber... but i know once i find out who it was... that would surely be on my top ten.
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