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    I pretty much started with classical in my early teens. Listened to some big band jazz, especially
    Stan Kenton, in the 50s, and heavy metal in the 60s and 70s, but mostly because that 'sounded like' classical (in a strange sort of way). I was once called by a radio survey asking what stations I had programmed on my car radio buttons. I gave them the Miami, FL classical station call letters. they asked "What others?" I said "That's all I need."

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    1. Pop, Alternative Rock, Classic Rock, sometimes hip hop RnB
    2. Sometimes I listen those. I feel more deeper Classical
    3. Jazz, Ethnic, Electronica

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    In my case, there had been nothing before, in fact. I've liked classical since childhood. But not actively. Only some three years ago did I actually start exploring.

    When not listening to classical music, which is about 5% of the time at most, I put on some Enya, U2, soundtrack to the LotR or, more often, some trance or dance.

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    1. what other genres did you listen to before you started listening to the classical?
    2. what happened to those genres after you developed your deeper appreciation?
    3. did you take up any new genres after taking up the classical?

    1. Black Metal, Death Metal, Electronic Music, King Crimson
    2. Nothing(applies only for the best of the above-mentioned genres). As I listen to the good music more I slowly ****-off(although not in an instant ****-off way which is reserved for commercial/mainstream/failures/pop/rock/melodic metal/jazz/Emperor/Suffocation) inferior music(even applies to the classical, for example, Mozart's Violin Concerto 5.). Just because I ****-off something in that way it doesn't mean that it doesn't have enough quality, it just means that it is not good enough
    3. No.

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    I listened to many things, including psychedelia, but since re-discovering the joys of Baroque chamber music and the Classical guitar, my main other genre is 1920s jazz. Along with the great revivalists such as Ken Colyer, I feel that early jazz is a surprisingly close cousin of Baroque, with its counterpoint and variations. It's not that I have an academic viewpoint, it's just that both musical forms satisfy me in related ways.
    "Music is a social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."
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    Hmm... I've always listened to classical music, by my own choice. When I was 6 I heard the aria from Goldberg variations and was hooked. I just knew that classical was my style of music. I've since developed a someone decent appreciation for jazz and DO like some classic rock, but nothing even comes close to my passion for classical music.
    "Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!" ~ Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied (Li Tai-Po/G.Mahler) <---Click to Listen

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    Default I can't answer your questions,

    but maybe I can from the opposite way. I was listening to Strauss Tod und Verklarung at age 4. I have played violin and viola in orchestras since I was a kid and was a piano major for a bit.

    About 10 years ago I fell in love with the Gypsy Kings because I was learning Spanish and that led me to flamenco guitar where I dropped most things classical while I practiced guitar. I still play in orchestra but found classical again and it was sweeter and deeper than I had remembered it. I find Bach most rewarding for the perfection and Beethoven for the passion and cleverness and spirituality. Then there is Mahler, Shostakovitch and late Scriabin.

    Since flamenco is a mixture of Arabic and Jewish music, I have discovered South Indian music, Arabic music and some rap music which can be very intricate if you know how to listen. I like a lot of jazz and symphonic rock. I even got to play with YES in their Symphonic Tour a few years ago. I think that growing up in classical and breaking out with flamenco has expanded my horizons to all types of music. I even like country and bluegrass if it has passion. Now, I am much more attracted to passionate and musical performances much more than note perfection. I think Glenn Gould got it right saying that the stage was like a circus act where the audience waited for a mistake rather than the act of making music.

    By the way, your questions are very good because I have never lived with out classical and find it hard to image that some have not heard the music I have.

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    1. Rock, metal, pop

    2. I have just converted to classical withing the last year. Now I have a very low tolerance for minimal skill. That is to say, I appreciate fine music, no matter what the genre.

    3. More World type music. Currently sitar (India).
    After wasting too many years listening to pop, I now actively listen to all types of music.

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    talk about a change of genre ! .I became obsessed with country music .I went 4 nights a week singing, and practised each day at home I even made a recording which got played on the radio .But it burnt itself out about 3 years ago , and now its classical , sacred and early music .Im hoping that will stay with me til my final breath
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    1. Rock (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Zappa, Deep Purple, Bl Sabbath, Uria Heep, ),
    'melodious rock' (ELO, Barclay James Harvest, Badger, Wishbone Ash, Yes, Henry Cow),
    'melodious pop' (Beatles, ABBA, 10cc, Chicago, Wings)
    I considered Hendrix the greatest of them all...

    2. I stopped not after but beforeI 'discovered' classical music, I never listen to it anymore, my acceptance level lies at Yvonne Printemps/Zarah Leander/Lilian Harvey.

    3. No. Not outside classical.

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    When I first got classcial music,I though those music I used to listen are too simple.Simple meaning,simple expression,simple beat.At that time,I thought classical is holy and only.But when time went by,I have broaden my horizon.And I found Rock music.First The Doors,then British Rock.I noticed every music genre has its own beauty.Now I appreciate all music I encounter.

    I'm not native speaker.So forgive my poor english.

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    Nice thread ... ok here are mine:

    1. Pop and Soul were my first experiences of music as regards buying records.

    2. I used to listen to a lot of rock, pop, soul, etc but not so much now - sometimes.

    3. I got into Jazz sort of as a result of classical and it felt like a home-coming at the time.

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    Is there any other genre?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdelykleon View Post
    Is there any other genre?
    Of course there is!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c_JPjNW6Qg

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    1. pop, rock, metal, dance, electronica, african & other global musics, reggae, jazz, some avant-garde music (as in art-school sorta stuff)

    2. I still listen to them but classical has occupied more and more of my listening time over the last few months

    3. Nothing as yet, I'm still in the first flushes of exploring classical and loving it

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