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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciel_Rouge View Post
    1. what other genres did you listen to before you started listening to the classical?
    There wasn't much of a 'before'. I started listening to classical music at about the same time as I discovered The Beatles.

    2. what happened to those genres after you developed your deeper appreciation?
    Not much. I suppose the Beatles eventually faded away and were replaced by other kinds of rock music, but there was little interaction with my classical listening because I don't listen in the same way to them. Listening to early Elvis, or Alanis Morissette (for example) can be a very powerful and moving experience, but there's no real overlap with the experience of listening to Sibelius or Elgar. It's like chocolate and beer - neither replaces the other; they coexist separately, serving different appetites or purposes. I am beginning to suspect, however, that Handel invented rock and roll.

    3. did you take up any new genres after taking up the classical?
    I was a late convert to British folk music and folk/rock. There was some marginal link there with Vaughan Williams, but it remained quite separate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    Just kidding, I really like jazz, Argentine Tango and Cuban music. Alpine music, er, not so much...

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    1: i listened to pop mostly and sometimes a lil bit of rock
    2: i dumped most of the rock. after listening to classical, they sounded like low graded trash
    3: i took up listening to rap (some sound quite musical) and kept pop along.

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    I was introduced to electronic music from an early age,playing Jean Michel Jarre's Oxygene on a toy keyboard i had for christmas when I was 12. I grew up loving electronic stuff and then I found classical at school and the two seemed to compliment each other. It was only much much later I found an interest in rock but even now I'm not a big rock fan,preferring the synth to the guitar. I do like Clapton tho and recently discovered the blues. I've also dabbled in Jazz,but has to be the early stuff!
    I'll always fall back on classical though.
    And all those moments are soon lost,like tears in the rain•••

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post

    I am beginning to suspect, however, that Handel invented rock and roll.



    Now, I have never suspected that. I wonder if it's true.
    omnia vincit amor - Virgil

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    Quote Originally Posted by rojo View Post
    Now, I have never suspected that. I wonder if it's true.
    Listen to Janet Baker singing 'Dopo notte' with Raymond Leppard conducting. That's nearly rock and roll in my book....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rojo View Post


    Now, I have never suspected that. I wonder if it's true.
    You mean to tell us that you've never done the duckwalk while listening to Music for the Royal Fireworks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post

    . I am beginning to suspect, however, that Handel invented rock and roll.

    Ah so thats who's to blame! Must have had a bit of american in him
    And all those moments are soon lost,like tears in the rain•••

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgarian View Post
    Listen to Janet Baker singing 'Dopo notte' with Raymond Leppard conducting. That's nearly rock and roll in my book....
    Point taken.

    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    You mean to tell us that you've never done the duckwalk while listening to Music for the Royal Fireworks?
    Well, no.. But I've sacheed to a Concerto Grosso.
    omnia vincit amor - Virgil

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    You mean to tell us that you've never done the duckwalk while listening to Music for the Royal Fireworks?
    Don't tell me that you pop up and down during the 'Land of hope and Glory'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolf View Post
    Don't tell me that you pop up and down during the 'Land of hope and Glory'...
    Gawd I hate that piece. Its so typically English,or at least it was. Its as bad as our National Anthem. Dull and dreary.
    And all those moments are soon lost,like tears in the rain•••

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclops View Post
    Its as bad as our National Anthem. Dull and dreary.
    Oh, the God Save the King is one of the most recognized tunes arround. It's not the best anthem in the world (surely it belongs to Uruguay), but it inspired so many works that it is the most important national song.

    I play Beethoven's variations (you may hear here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Idb0HSnxsy4), when I first played it, my English neighbour called me to know what was happening in my apartment, LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolf View Post
    Don't tell me that you pop up and down during the 'Land of hope and Glory'...
    No, I usually do the funky chicken when they play that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclops View Post
    Ah so thats [Handel] who's to blame! Must have had a bit of american in him
    I think the delectably American Danielle de Niese has spotted the connection. Her collection of Handel arias contains some astonishingly upfront, air-punchin', stage-struttin' rock 'n roll performances.

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    This topic links a bit to the 'how did you discover classical music' thread. I discuss there how I discovered classical music back in around 1985.

    http://www.talkclassical.com/54407-post98.html

    continuing from that....

    For at least the next 7/8 years I virtually exclusively listened to classical music. Then I realised that even if pop music seemed to be rubbish in the 90s I could nevertheless discover lots of good pop music in the past. So I looked through classic albums, songwriters (including pre-war) and some genres like disco, reggae etc and also looking at jazz (modern and earlier) - while also looking at some lesser known classical composers and exploring the great ones in more detail. Variety is the spice of life, why look at just one kind of music? More complex extended classical pieces form a nice compliment to simpler direct popular song.

    With the start of the 2000s and the internet age fully underway I realised that a huge amount of popular music that had been out of my reach was suddenly there for me. Because of that I concentrated purely on popular music for quite a while, exploring interesting music from the past and present from all over the world. The I discovered that alot of the classical records I had (which I got from libraries getting rid of their records) had got lost by someone. I still had a large tape collection anyway but I was looking forward to looking through the records. Anyway last year I then looked at modern classical music more than I had before and discovered there were actually hundreds of interesting composers from the last century who did some interesting pieces...not just the big names or a few lesser known British or American ones I had heard of earlier. I also looked at experimental music and some more difficult jazz.

    So basically I have continued to listen to popular music and have actually expanded greatly how much of that I know - and I've done all of that after I discovered classical music. I also still have respect for the music I liked back in the earlier 80s before I discovered classical music as well.

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