Do you listen to classical music?

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  1. buster poser

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    Yup. Grew up with it as a lullaby when I'd stay at my grandparents' place, they'd put me down and turn on some classical overnight program. Wife's a big opera fan which I could take or leave, but live it is a whole other thing. Saw Cosi fan Tutte last year & spent the bulk of the performance actively trying not to sob in big heaves publicly, had some success. Some. Indescribably beautiful.

    Anymore, I have my faves and don't venture afield much. Classical guitar is still very calming to me, I like solo piano a lot as well, and love choral music. Lacrymosa from Mozart's Requiem if I had to pick a single piece, just love that one.
     
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    Quite a bit. Especially recently.

    Both WUTC and WFIV have been reformatted, and they're nothing like they used to be. I don't recommend either, anymore.

    But I can pick up a station out of Asheville, through its local arm in my county in NC. And they play a lot of Classical.

    I have decided not to try to dissect any of it, though. I know what I already know, and the rest of it I just listen to like a "civilian". I don't care to analyze it, learn its structure, the motivation of the composer, none of this is my business at this time.

    So I apologize from not being of any help but I am deliberately staying loose and don't wanna know if it is Verdi or Vivaldi, Schumann or Schubert, or which Strauss or Bach it happens to be.
     
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    Shame! No one mentioned Enescu.
     
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    Vaughan Williams "The lark ascending" is one of the most sublime, short also, pieces of music ever.

    Elgar's cello (Em, op85) runs a close second.

    Pretty well any Verdi opera is a must to at least try out.

    And, for contrast, Wagner's Ring cycle.

    Same as rock/blues... Just too much to chose from to say 'that's my favourite artist/track.
     
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    when i'm reading here at home, i often put on "the best of bach" on utube. it's a good background for reading. i don't claim to know much about bach, but i like it.

    one thing in the classical world i am curious about: what was the big deal about Glenn Gould?
     
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    When I taught at the middle school we had an "activity period" where we teachers each put together a class we enjoyed teaching, outside normal subject areas, and kids rotated through, I think every three weeks, anyway. . .

    Mine was a "music appreciation" class for eighth-graders. Using a coffee-table book I had on classical composers, websites for portraits, and CDs I bought at Fred Meyer (classical CDs were really cheap) I put together I think 13 handouts, each with a portrait and biography of a composer on one side, ruled lines for writing on the other.

    Following the book, I arranged the composers in chronological order, and emphasized "periods"--baroque, classical, romantic, and modern--again using the book as a guide.

    Each class we went together over the biography of the day's composer, then we listened to a CD of the composer's work. While the music played, students were expected to write a page of intelligent response on the backside of the biography, which I collected at the end of class.

    Lessee now: Vivaldi, Bach, Mendelsshon, Brahms, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Wagner, Gershwin. . .I see I've forgotten some.

    Most of what I know about classical music and composers, and my modest collection of classical music CDs, comes from that class. It's funny, many of the kids cried and moaned about having to listen to "boring old" music, but not one of them even seemed to notice that I got them to write a whole page every day. Win!
     
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    Yep. I've been hooked ever since, about 45 years ago, I bought a Segovia plays Bach album by chance. Right now my wife and I are listening to the Bach cello suites.

    I'm not that fond of orchestral and I don't like vocal at all. What I love are the "small" classical pieces for guitar or cello or violin or piano or quartets and quintets.

    I play some classical pieces for guitar, not all that well, but I enjoy trying!
     
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    My Dad used to study to Classical when he was in night school.
    I’d play with my toys in the room.
    So I got exposed to Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Ravel, Schubert, Wagner, Strauss.
    I can’t quote you names and symphony numbers but I recognize a lot when I hear it on SXM
     
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    If you don't watch TV, movies, or listen to music. What do you do? Stare at the wall?
     
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    I listen on a daily basis. We're blessed to have an OUTSTANDING Classical FM radio station here in DFW. (if anyone is curious, 101.1 WRR FM)
    I was raised on classical and traditional church music (mostly choral).....and I guess it's in my blood.
    As a Music Major in college, some people thought it strange that I had one foot planted in Classical.....and the other foot firmly in Rock. I've always tried to bring something of a Classical sensibility to Rock.....dynamics, harmonies, dramatic expression.....without being self-indulgent.
     
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    I stare at this silly little device in my hands more than I care to admit.
    I play lots of guitar and bass, too.
    I suffer from entertainment burn out, I guess.
    I still find plenty of stuff to occupy my mind.
     
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    As an aside, Edgar Frose has to be the Beethoven of our times. RIP Edgar. Your talents are greatly missed.
     
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    Perhaps one of the 20th century's best pianists.

    Celebrated interpreter of Bach's keyboard works.

    Exhibited weird behaviour throughout his life. Died relatively young.

     
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    Chris is amazing. Though I haven't seen him live in too long.

    Is it really true, we never had a thread here to mourn the end of "Live from Here"? Mind blowing.
     
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    I've listened to "The Planets" and "Rite of Spring" more than a few times. And I think I like Brahms' Symphony #4. I listened to a few Brandenburg Concertos. Mostly #2 and #5. Do those count?
     
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    Trans Siberian Orchestra - Requiem (The Fifth)

     
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    Mozart is my #1 favorite and have nearly everything he ever did in my collection but Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Talmann, Lizst, Braums, etc. Heck... I guess I love all of em ;)
     
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    A lot -- but not as background musak which I think is being rather dismissive. Then again, I don't really like any sort of background musak -- either I'm listening to something or I'm not.
     
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    58000992-921F-4DC0-AD36-BFEB3F8054D7.jpeg Funny you should ask. . . I don’t listen every day, and probably less than once a month. I’ve got a small collection of classical CDs.

    Just yesterday I put on Amazon Prime Music and asked for music by Mozart. Kept me going all afternoon. I like Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, and Tchaikovsky. This one’s very relaxing:
     
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