View Poll Results: Do You Know Of Any Listeners Who Dislike Pre-19th Century Music?

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    Default Do You Know Of Any Listeners Who Dislike Pre-19th Century Music?

    Let's say music written before the early 19th century, or late Beethoven. Do you know of any listeners who dislike the entirety of classical music written before this period?

    Let me be clear, this is not about classical music listeners in general but about people who you actually may know, and you may wish to share your experience of their listening preference.

    The reason I am asking is out of curiosity and also I do actually know of someone who dislikes early music (see my post below), so I would like to understand better why they might dislike such music. More below on my experience.

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    I voted "yes, but rarely". The individual I know dislikes Baroque music (and earlier), finds much of Classical barely tolerable. His training happened to be largely from playing Chopin, Liszt of that genre. I don't know him particularly well but I suspect his preference may be linked to his training in many ways because I don't see him talking about Bach fugues or Couperin suites but mostly offhanded remarks that earlier music lack the dynamic range of harmony found in Romantic music. I disagree, of course.

    So here I think training has to do with it because the vast majority of people I know who have studied / played Bach (for example) are most impressed by the fugue development, Bach inventions and "continuous Baroque melody" types.

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    Most of my friends don't listen to classical music at all. That's the problem right there. But the few who do, pre-19th century is not their thing (they don't know what they're missing).

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    Almost everyone I've ever met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    Almost everyone I've ever met.
    Do you know why or have theories why?

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    Most people I know. They like other sorts of music.

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    Too many, and some who really should know better but can only stomach Bach, Mozart, and oddities like Gesualdo, being so utterly "refined". Their loss, and unfortunately mine too, because that is less people to talk about music I love with.

    I have met people like the guy art music describes. They always hate me, because I know more about their favorite romantic composers than they do, but would rather discuss William Byrd or CPE Bach, or Sibelius or Bartok.
    Last edited by clavichorder; Mar-11-2016 at 22:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Do you know why or have theories why?
    I guess because there wasn't much rock, country, or rap back then.

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    Some people just like it thick and showy.

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    Just because people prefer other music it does not mean they dislike it.
    I have never met a person who have said pre 19th century music sounds bad or horrible so I voted no.
    Fact is I think most people don´t bother that much about the difference in classical music from 18th century or 20th century. It is played on the same instruments and have the same sounds anyway.

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    My answer would have been "Yes, but very, very rarely".
    It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious. And I am a very ingenious fellow

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtMusic View Post
    Let me be clear, this is not about classical music listeners in general but about people who you actually may know, and you may wish to share your experience of their listening preference.
    Since we're not just talking about classical music listeners, my answer is along the lines of "nearly every person I've ever met". Classical music is not popular.

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    I'm assuming ArtMusic wanted us to think about people who like some classical music but do not like pre-1800 classical music. I'm only aware of one person who doesn't like pre-19th century classical music, and that person is a member at TC. In fact I believe that member does not like pre-20th century music. Otherwise, I'm not aware of anyone who likes some classical music but no music written before 1800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmsbls View Post
    I'm assuming ArtMusic wanted us to think about people who like some classical music but do not like pre-1800 classical music. I'm only aware of one person who doesn't like pre-19th century classical music, and that person is a member at TC. In fact I believe that member does not like pre-20th century music. Otherwise, I'm not aware of anyone who likes some classical music but no music written before 1800.
    Wow, do you mind naming names? I don't think I've ever encountered a classical music fan who likes 20th century music but not a whole array of older music too?

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    I do know someone who likes 20th and 21st century music a lot, 19th century he can take or leave. Of Baroque he likes what he's heard so far but he can see little merit in Classical era music (narrow definition).

    Having said that he tolerated a Mozart symphony at a recent concert pretty well.

    It's mainly about what he's familiar with, I think, and the route that led him into classical music (wide definition) in the first place.

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