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    Default What happened to "other genres" when you started listening to the classical?

    Although there are many people who have been listening to the classical right from the beginning, either through musical parents or other circumstances, I suppose the majority of us have taken it up at some point after a few moments of passing interest. So, before we started listening to classical, our first encounter with music might have been pop, rock etc. So, I'd like to know:

    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?

    In my case:

    1. pop, rock, metal, techno
    2. they just sound funny now although I still find some pieces to be surprisingly musical
    3. yes - ethnic and jazz

    So, I am very curious about your answers. This thread might also be a good repository for our thoughts on how taste evolves over time.

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    I started listening to pop, rock (and 1930/40 popular music thanks to my parents). I got into classical and punk at the same time in the 70s. I went off pop in the 90s because of all of those prefabricated boy/girl bands.
    I still like those genres though and the still sound the just as good or bad as they did.
    I have listened to all sorts of music since starting to listen to classical music but that is because I have had more opportunity to do so rather than because classical music opened my eyes.

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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?
    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?

    So, I am very curious about your answers. This thread might also be a good repository for our thoughts on how taste evolves over time.
    Put me in the same category as Lang and jhar26 on the original thread. I still love what I loved as a kid, it's just back then pop / rock was all I listened to and now it's just one of genres I listen to.

    After I started listening to classical I took up Celtic music but that was an outgrowth of listening to Enya. I recently started listening to country, but that was a product of the fact that the radio stations I get on my portable radio (Yes, I said portable radio, not IPod.) when I do daily walks started playing Christmas music right after Halloween last year which drove me nuts. Just about the only other stations the radio got were country, so I started listening and found I liked it.

    Don't know if the sub-text of your question 3 was if classical had led to any other genres. With me it hasn't. The only thing classical has led me to is other areas of classical.

    But my tastes have definitely broadened over time.

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    Just before getting into classical I was a bit confused. Some bands that I adored in the past, didn't satisfy me no more and I was searching for something new. Those bands were olsdchool 60's-70's rock such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, The Beatles, etc. I was totally obsessed with this music and style. Together with classical I started to explore jazz. At this time I was also a fan of progressive rock. But then I though: why should I listen to rock influenced with classical music, while I can listen to classical itself? And so I did. Nowdays? Sometimes I listen to few band that I loved the most. But it's just some kind of sentiment. As for the progressive and psychedelic stuff: I still listen, explore and enjoy bands which had something original and interesting to show. I mean King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, Focus, Van Der Graaf Generator, The Monks, Gong and many others. Those are the artist that I adore as much as classical music and jazz.

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    1-Song and ballads from the 40s, and big band jazz pieces.
    2-I still listen to them frequently.
    3-No

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    I was about 11 when the movie 2001: a space odyssey came out, so I pretty much started out with classical. I actually hated rock for a long time because all that I knew about it was from the radio. Radio rock and pop is in general pretty wretched with a very few exceptions. Always was, probably always will be.

    But one magic day a friend of mine introduced me to progressive rock. I had no idea such music existed - like classical but much edgier and using the latest (at the time) technologies, sometimes sounding like music you would expect alien beings to make. It is now enjoying a kind of resurgence thanks to the web.

    Since then I have always oscillated between the two, with ocassional side jaunts into jazz, hard rock, a little metal, and celtic folk, and some electronica.

    If I had nothing to do but listen to music all day, I would still never be bored with it.

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    In my case, I came to jazz before I fully appreciated classical music. I spent at least 9 or 10 years seriously indulged in jazz. It was not only until January that I fully dedicated myself to classical. Classical has a long history in my family and while I'm a musician, I have had an ear for this music for years, but as with anything, we become obsessed with something, but then we discover something else. It really was only a matter of time before I got into classical.

    I still listen to jazz and I'm a devoted "jazzhead," but my new love for classical music is starting to equal that passion I have for it.

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    I like music. All kinds of music.

    Last year was in some ways (such as losing my job) terrible for me, but it was outstanding in terms of musical discoveries: Lizz Wright, Antony and the Johnsons, and Olivier Messien. It was my almost teeny-bopperish enthusiasm for the third that brought me to TalkClassical: I wanted someone to share my new discovery with. (And I know the preceding poster does not share my opinion there.)

    All three of them, and mainstays such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Béla Bartók, and Thelonious Monk, help grow me as a lover of music and each enriches the pleasure that I gain from the other.

    I never could enjoy Karl Haas's NPR programs because his title Adventures in Good Music suggested that anything outside the classical European canon (which he covered so enthusiastically, so delightfully) was somehow not good music.

    I beg to differ. Respectfully, but I beg to differ.

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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?
    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. metal,rock,ethnic,new age,christian worship song
    2. i still listen all kind of non-classical music simply because sometimes it is the mood that leading you.
    3. yes, but with the rise of youtube and internet, i can always check sample of music before i seriously listen to it. this process made me hardly encounter new music since after listen to couple of second new music it is clear the music is not my taste.

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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?
    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. Rock Music, mainly Alternative & Punk
    2. Ive stopped listening to other genres of music..
    3. None so far

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    I finally came around to classical when my ham radio teacher mentioned it when I was in class. I was 16. I was hooked for life. I had been in brass bands and played a little rock guitar but that was about all.
    I rarely listen to rock,pop or the usual popular music today.
    My interest DID increase substantially in jazz and world music. I especially like big band,early swing and jazz. Ellington,Miller,Fitzgerald,etc. Also love earlier Coltrane and Davis. The jazz after 1964 is not my cup of tea to use a horrid cliche.
    World music is an area i enjoy with Middle eastern and Far eastern being my favourite styles.
    I'm a big fan of Simon Shaheen.

    Jim

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    1. what other genres did you listen to before you started listening to the classical?
    '60s stuff mostly; Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, Seals & Crofts, etc.

    2. what happened to those genres after you developed your deeper appreciation?
    It faded somewhat, though I still enjoy it sometimes.

    3. did you take up any new genres after taking up the classical?
    Indian Classical, Japanese Classical... just non-European Classical, I might want to say, and I'm still exploring everything.
    You get a frog in your throat, you sound hoarse.

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    1. Mostly what is now usually referred to as classick rock. Also country rock, Motown, soul, etc.

    2. I got into classical music in the mid-80's at a time when popular music - leaving aside the inevitable exceptions here and there - was (in my opinion) just dreadful. From 1985 to, say, 1989 I listened almost exclusively to classical music. After that I re-discovered my love for popular music and now about 40% of the time I listen to music it's non-classical stuff. So, discovering classical music hasn't killed my appreciation for the heroes of my youth, although it has put them in their proper perspective: Whereas I used to think that the best of them were the ultimate - now I still think they were/are great, but I also know about Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner and the rest of 'em.

    3. Yes, jazz - both vocal and instrumental.

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    1. Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock.
    2. I stopped listening for a while, but now I'm starting to relistened, especially Jazz.
    3. No, not really.
    I adore art...when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.

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