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    Neither my family nor my friends, unfortunately. My wife tolerates it mostly, but loves some of Bach.
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    On this subject, maybe this is something one of you will know the answer to. I remember seeing the last half of an British movie on TV - it was in b/w, probably made in the '60s. One of the characters was a huge classical music fan, while everyone else seemed bent on pop/rock of the era. He eventually lost his girlfriend to a more hip, with-it guy. The end showed him playing a classical record, then he grabs the tone arm and wipes it across the record, scratching it to pieces. The message was clear: he hated that classical music had isolated him from the rest of the world. Any body ever see this? It's been a good 40 years since I caught it, but that closing scene has stuck with me and haunted me all this time.

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    I'm fortunate in this respect. My wife was a professional violinist and now plays in chamber groups for fun. Her brother was a professional pianist (mostly accompanied classical singers) and now plays occasional recitals. My daughter is a professional cellist mostly teaching but also giging with various ensembles. When they get together, they will often play trios. The brother lives in Europe so that tends to be rare now.

    I knew very little classical music before starting to live with my wife. I went to her orchestra performances and gradually developed a love for the music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by level82rat View Post
    So I wonder if any of you have managed to find friends--or even a spouse--who is also entrenched in this small world. Where did you meet them? How often do you talk about classical music?
    Only my older brother, who I meet with once in a while. He loves Stravinsky best. My spouse will come with me to concerts - though we only manage one or two a year - but she's not a fan in the same way I am.
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    My parents, when they were alive, were and my brother is a musician. My wife has taken an interest and listens a lot to Mozart and Beethoven and a few others. My daughter (now in her 20s) is beginning to take an interest. But I have no friends who are crazy about classical music. I'm not sure I need any but do enjoy participating here sometimes.

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    I have no one I can share my love of Orchestral music with as no-one I know has the slightest interest in it (Mrs M doesn't dislike it but is not interested). Most of my mates are ageing rockers and metalheads However, I have added a few people from this site to my FB 'friends' so I can talk to them easily through my phone / tablet, etc. I particularly enjoy talking to one regular TC member on FB about the music we love. I'm always happy to add people to my social media and get past the impersonal element of online personas. If you ever want to know/see the person behind the archer / cider avatar then I'm only a PM on here away. Those who hate social media, I speak to in PMs on here, as regularly as I can. At the moment I'm one day away from finishing an Ofsted inspection at my school so I'll have more time for people in the near future. School inspections are very intensive. I'm certainly not someone who puts their life on social media and use it more to keep in touch with people quickly (my parents, for example, live on the other side of the planet). People who knock FB should consider it, as it's perfect for getting to know people better (and you can also delete those who get on your nerves) . Everyone is a friend until they prove otherwise.
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    My co-worker who had BS and MS in music and plays piano quite well. He loves to talk CM.
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    Talking to the lead inspector for Ofsted today, he told me he "loved" classical music. Interested, I delved further saying that about 3/4 of my music collection was orchestral. I asked him for his favourite symphonic piece. "Pachelbel's Canon", he replied. Okay, I thought, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. "I'm a bit obsessive about Beethoven symphony cycles", I responded. "Do you like Beethoven's symphonies?" I responded. "I don't think I've heard them all", he continued. "How many did he write? Was it 5?" At that point I went back to my class. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Talking to the lead inspector for Ofsted today, he told me he "loved" classical music. Interested, I delved further saying that about 3/4 of my music collection was orchestral. I asked him for his favourite symphonic piece. "Pachelbel's Canon", he replied. Okay, I thought, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. "I'm a bit obsessive about Beethoven symphony cycles", I responded. "Do you like Beethoven's symphonies?" I responded. "I don't think I've heard them all", he continued. "How many did he write? Was it 5?" At that point I went back to my class. Lol
    Trying to schmooze with the inspectors? Risky business!

    (BTW, I didn't think Ofsted operated in Scotland?)
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    Not many of my friends are as passionate as I am, (even husband although he has started to appreciate it a bit more)that's why I have turned to "Talk Classical" and found Twitter friends who are passionate!!

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    I have an obsessive interest, hypothetically, although I have almost no time to listen these days. I share it with my Brother, who's situation is roughly similar. We don't have enough bandwidth to really engage in the obsession.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacLeod View Post
    Trying to schmooze with the inspectors? Risky business!

    (BTW, I didn't think Ofsted operated in Scotland?)
    Officially its not Ofsted its HMI but i still call em Ofsted. Force of habit from being an Englishman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by level82rat View Post
    Small clarification: they don't have to be just as crazy about it as you. Some of you set a high standard in that regard.

    Sometimes I feel isolated knowing that I will never be able to share my enjoyment of Mendelssohn, Mozart, etc. with somebody who enjoys it just as much as I do. In fact I would considerate it a small miracle if I can even say the name Mendelssohn without getting a puzzled look.

    So I wonder if any of you have managed to find friends--or even a spouse--who is also entrenched in this small world. Where did you meet them? How often do you talk about classical music?
    100% the same. Hence the value of TC for me. Im just thankful that CM does seems to be alive and kicking in terms of live performances of orchestral and chamber music. At least here is SE England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Talking to the lead inspector for Ofsted today, he told me he "loved" classical music. Interested, I delved further saying that about 3/4 of my music collection was orchestral. I asked him for his favourite symphonic piece. "Pachelbel's Canon", he replied. Okay, I thought, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. "I'm a bit obsessive about Beethoven symphony cycles", I responded. "Do you like Beethoven's symphonies?" I responded. "I don't think I've heard them all", he continued. "How many did he write? Was it 5?" At that point I went back to my class. Lol
    Yes been there before I imagine he thought you had some bizarre hobby that involved listing to Beethoven symphonies on bike rides.

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    I know you people's secret. You're either AI or robots. You're not real. I'm the only person in the world who listens to classical music...

    Seriously, in my university days I met a few who were into classical music. I still remember the juvenile delinquent style of heated debates over Barbirolli vs Karajan in Mahler 6, and there was this really, really strange guy who made me "borrow" his set of Martinů LPs, a composer I had never heard of........ I blame him for making me this weird guy who preaches Martinů.

    Nowadays, no one around me in real life really listens to classical music. My brother plays Chopin and Peter and the Wolf in his car (apparently for the kids), and he even specifically went to look for a version of Peter and the Wolf that has got no narration (apparently he only wants the music), but he doesn't really listen to classical music. I have also got several audiophile friends who, like most audiophiles, claim they listen to classical music, in fact ALL kinds of music from pop to recordings of ferry engines, but like most audiophiles, they don't have a clue what composers/performers they are listening to, they just enjoy the sound waves produced by their gear. I find that sad.
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