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    I was always emotionally affected by music, even as a small child. My parents made me have piano lessons at about the age of 7, and my teacher encouraged me to explore the music that was available. When I was about 10 he gave me a book of Mozart piano sonatas, and it was those that made me appreciate the music of Mozart, although it took some years.

    I remember hearing Debussy's La Cathedral Engloutie on an old 78 recording, but my first piece of modern music was Mossolov's Steel Foundry, which introduced me to a whole new sound world. Then I heard The Rite of Spring, and that particularly sparked my interest in 'modern' music. Then followed Beethoven and, particularly Elgar and also at about the same time, Charles Ives.

    Now, 55 years later, I still love the same music I loved then, although I have expanded the areas of my interest.

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    I used to work for an accountant who always had the radio on the classical station, he was my boss so i was forced to listen to it, until i got used to Chopin's Etude being my lunch break song that would come on everyday at 12pm. I still know little about classical music but i tried writing some of my own material and it sounds kinda like that style so i figured id start looking into it.. so basically my interest starts now..

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    I grew up in a house where both parents were musicians and old 33Rpm's and even 78's of the likes of Bruno Walter and George Szell conducting Beethoven and Richard Stauss were required listening in the evenings whether we liked it or not! So I suppose that is where it all began for me.

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    My first exposure came from the NBC nightly news in the mid-sixties.
    The closing theme music was the scherzo from Beethovens 9th. I would go into the living room just before the end of the program (I was 8, why would I actually watch the news) and beg my dad to not change the channel until the music faded.
    I thought the music was just the theme to the program until one day, shopping with my mom, I was humming/singing it to myself and an old!? lady (probably no more than 40 but hey, I was 8!) complimented my mom on raising an artistically aware child. Our response was ????.
    The old lady explained what I was singing and my response was "There's more?"

    There was indeed.

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    Default Can anyone love ALL classical music?

    I find this thread really interesting.

    Personally I was introduced to classical music as a child. The adults used to get a bit tiddly on a keg of beer and we sang around the piano at our family parties. But when it came to listening to music, my Mum was a bit of a musical snob. She bought 33s through a classical music mail order outfit as we lived on a farm, and that is what we were allowed to listen to. So being the stroppy teenager I was, I refused to listen to it (well I didn't get any option as other members of the family played the records, but I refused to really listen) and as for actually admitting there was any merit to the stuff . . . . . . .

    So I was exposed to Chopin, Listz and Schubert, as my family were pianists and that was what she bought. No choral music, very little orchestral, and no opera or chamber. Living in 1950s nz, I don't think there was a classical music radio station, and certainly no tv. But anyway, that's my response to the question, how did you discover classical music?

    My point is, are there people out there who love ALL classical music? I'm fascinated in finding this website to find that people actually seem to love and appreciate composers that I just can't get my head around - and I have tried over the years, believe me, I have tried. Some music I've seen here being raved about, I find rasping, discordant, lacking finess. My ear seems to be tuned in to the melodic, the emotional, the sad. Give me Beethoven, and also give me Mahler. Any choral and almost any operetic music. But as for Wagner, Respigi, take it away. Or is it simply that my ear is not yet trained to understand the subtleties of the music of these composers?

    Are there actually humans out there that undiscriminating that they can enjoy music simply because it is deemed "classical?" I'm pretty catholic in my tastes. I even admit to enjoying some classical crossover - some popular music, even lately some country and western - I watched the earlier Martin Scorsese film about Bob Dylon 'No direction Home' the other night and learned that his roots sprang from country and western and folk songs - Wow, that was a realisation for me that I could actually appreciate some of that stuff. The organ played well and loudly sends shivers up my spine. Some brass bands, bag-pipes, some ethnic music e.g. traditional Maori, Indian or gamelan, all in moderation is all good.

    My real question is I guess, why do we love some music and not the next?

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    I had heard classical music from an early age (my mother was an excellent pianist, and I well remember hearing her play), but I had not really listened; I knew I hated pop music, but thought classical was boring. Until one day....

    I was probably about 10 or 11. It was a rainy day and I was alone in the house. For some reason I didn't feel like reading, so I opened up the phonogaph cabinet and pulled out one of my father's old Supraphon records and put it on. The music: Beethoven's 5th Symphony. The experience: indescribable. I listened to the piece maybe twenty times that week, and then started branching out. All of a sudden many pieces of which I had been aware took on real meaning, at least emotionally (the formal side came later), and within a very short time I'd begun my own record collection (my first LP was, if I remember aright, Fritz Reiner leading the Chicago Symphony in Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra). The rest, as they say, is history....

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    It's pleasantly surprising that this thread has continued so long. I've enjoyed reading others' responses. There's another topic that's sneaking in. That is the "evolution" of interest from initial interest until now. I seem to be 'stuck' in the 1900s-1970s, on the music I "grew up with." I've acquired probably 100 cds of later composers' music, but can't seem to get as close to them as to the earlier works. Perhaps because I haven't played them as frequently for as long. Every time I say "I've bought enough for awhile." Arkivmusic sends me an EMail on a sale, and I buy some more. To "Music Lover" In response, I can't say that there is any classical music that I really dislike (although some Philip Glass comes close). I just find late 19th and 20th century music more interesting. In the 50s the Stan Kenton orchestra played some quasi-classical compositions and arrangements, "City of Glass" being one that would offend most classical music lovers but was exciting to hear. In the 70s, Iron Butterfly's music was "modern baroque". Emerson, Lake and Palmer did modernized arrangements of classical compositions.
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    I first heard classical music on the radio, on early television shows, and at children's concerts by the Chicago Symphony. I became an avid music lover in my high school years(1955-1959). The members of the concert band were given lessons by CSO musicians and I played trumpet. My lessons were given by Rudolph Nashan who was right behind Adolph Herseth in the CSO trumpet section. I lost track of Mr. Nashan and would love to find out what became of him after he left the CSO.

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    Default How did I discover classical music?

    When I was four, I used to be facinated by an old HMV gramophone and the 78 RPM records that my father and grandfather played occasionally in the drawing room. But it became a passion for me and I had them winding and playing those 78s almost every evening and that is how I discovered Tchaikovsky. Nutcracker was my baptism in the field of classicals.

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    Like many people above, I was introduced to classical music by my parents at around age 5. Before we immigrated to Australia they had some tapes which they always played: Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Wagner. They were played so much they were worn out. From my early teens, I started buying my own tapes and cds with pocket money. I started to expand my repertoire to include more modern music like Bartok, Britten, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. One of the of the interesting things with classical music is that you never seem to stop discovering new things to listen to. In my twenties I discovered the music of Gorecki, Messian and Vaughan Williams while listening to the radio. Even now, I'm buying cds of composers who I hadn't heard before, like Penderecki and pieces by some of the other composers above which I didn't own before. I find that the older I get, I am gravitating more towards music of the mid twentieth century. I think classical music can be rich, complex and even ambigious. It gives us an insight into the human condition like no other music. That said, I also like jazz (my parents also had one jazz tape - Louis Armstrong live) and I find that it can be equally as good as classical music. For me, the two go together.

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    Can't recall if I ever posted in this thread. In any case, the short version of my own discovery can be found here.

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    When i was a young boy, Rondo Veneziano was always played on Mongolian National Broadcasting. I really enjoyed it. A period of time, i hadn't listened Classical. Then, when i was at 7 th grade, I was listened Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D by my friend Ikhbayar. So, i fell in love this melody, Everyday and night i was always listening. It was always listened in my ears. After that, i listened Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1. From that moment i was mesmerised by Classical music. Next, Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy.... Now i'm listening Ryuichi Sakamoto

    It's wonderful !!! I love Classical Music

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    Enkhbat, Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto was one of the works that unlocked the door to classical music for me, too.

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    Yep, That's brilliant. Right now, it's listening in my ear!



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6ixiYBW8pY played by Emil Gilels. Watch it.

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    If you can get hold of this, you really should:




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