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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    I go to the barber for the men's magazines, not the singing.
    What about the hair cut? Or are you beyond needing that?
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    Do you like vocal music more than instrumental?

    No, I love both. I often binge listen. Days of choral music, days of violin sonatas, days of art song, etc. That's one of the things I love about classical music; the menu is extensive.

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    How about Doo wop in the shop





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    No. I don't mind some vocal / choral orchestral works but sometimes good symphonies can be spoiled by warbly vocal sections. I like Arvo Part's instrumental work but find the vocal and choral works tedious. I like instrumental orchestral music much more. I can give or take opera. Depends which one it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    No. I don't mind some vocal / choral orchestral works but sometimes good symphonies can be spoiled by warbly vocal sections. I like Arvo Part's instrumental work but find the vocal and choral works tedious. I like instrumental orchestral music much more. I can give or take opera. Depends which one it is.
    Vocal parts are not necessarily the best thing for symphonies. I'll take my mega-doses of vocal in opera.
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    Zemlinsky's best symphony is the one with singers, and it's very good. He wrote some fine opera too.

    Point is, really, there is no general answer, it depends on the composer. I prefer opera by composers who weren't just opera composers. Strauss and Wolfie also good examples. Non-opera composers who attempt drama in their work seem less successful (eg Brahms).. German v French are two different worlds... the early Flemish invented polyphony by voice... And so on...

    For me the pursuit of CM has gone far beyond the warhorses, and vocal music is where much of the undiscovered treasure is buried. But it's not always where someone else says it is.

    Once the ear gets accustomed to hearing classical voices, it's hard to go back and do without.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I absolutely love vocal music over instrumental. There are many great instrumental works, but I don't know if I would even stick with classical music without vocal music, especially opera.
    I believe that every orchestral instrument is somehow designed to be an imitation of, or have the expressive power of the voice—but that the voice is the first instrument and the greatest instrument that can do more than any other instrument can do... I love the voice as long as it does not sound forced and it’s sung within its natural range without a wide, exaggerated vibrato... The voice is great because the vocalist doesn’t have to carry the voice around like an extra instrument in a case. As much as the violin has expressive power, I believe the voice can even go beyond that in its naturalness, power, and personality of sound. While all instruments are in some form of imitation of the voice, or to accompany it, a great voice can be completely charming, subtle, and irresistible. Plus it can carry the additional power of words. The problem is that it’s exceedingly hard to sing well, and those who love the music can be rabid critics.

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    I love a great many vocal and instrumental works, so I'd have to say I have no particular preference currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    I absolutely love vocal music over instrumental. There are many great instrumental works, but I don't know if I would even stick with classical music without vocal music, especially opera.
    A little overzealous there, I was. I would have to say that I definitely would continue with classical apart from vocal. I just returned from a live performance of Mendelssohn's first and it was wonderful! Still, most of my time is spent in vocal works.
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    truly, I trust vocal music outweighs everything else in my tuning in. My most loved three authors are Wagner, Schubert and Bach - all experts of vocal music.

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    These days I'm mostly exploring chamber music. It's become an addiction.

    But I love words and have a listening acquaintance with several languages. So, nothing moves me more than hearing an intelligent expression of interesting words imaginatively set to music. My favourite musicians have been singers (some of my least favourite too).

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    In classical music, I like both, but it's mostly instrumental that I go for. In folk music, I like both, but vocal has the edge, because of the beauty of many folk lyrics and the riveting quality of ballads.
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    Maybe when it comes to renaissance music. Love madrigals, motets and masses, but then there's John Dowland...Most often I listen to instrumental music in many forms.

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    Depends on the language. I'm not that crazy about Italian. But ultimately I don't care one way or the other. I just like great music.
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