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    Posted: 05-Dec-2008 at 18:03
I've always liked the idea of liking classical music. Nearly ever piece of classical music I've ever heard I've automatically felt good towards it... The problem is that I don't know, anything, about classical music.

Could someone start me off with a 'reading list' equivelent for classical music? Say, 10 or 12  'classics'  for an absolute beginner?
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So you like Classical music without knowing any title? Well, that proves well that the lovers of Classical music are simply snobs.

I personally listened and found it boring.

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No, it proves that I know nothing about it, you judgemental moron. From what I have heard (Over the radio, in films etc.) by and large I have liked.
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Great to hear of your interest Parnell. I'm no expert, just a humble fan of the music we group together to call classical. Put simply, the classical era could be seen as a progression of periods, characterised and brought about by musical and even social movements.

Some major composers are:
- Vivaldi
- Beethoven
- Tchaikovsky
- Handel
- Bach
- Mozart
- Pachelbel
- Mahler
- Brahms

Those are just a few, and many would say there are more significant ones that some on my list.

In regards to some classics. This mightn't be the definitive list of model classical music - more a fusion of major pieces/symphonies and ones that are personal favourites.

- Cello Suites (Bach - Cello Suite No.1 Prelude is one of my favourite pieces)
- Canon (Pachelbel)
- The Four Seasons [Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter] (Vivaldi)
- O Fortuna (Orff)
- 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)
- 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th symphonies (Beethoven)
- Adagietto from Symphony No.5 (Mahler)
- The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)

So, those are a few I'd recommend to get started on. You'd recognise most of them. I apologise to any classical/musical experts out there if I have made any minor errors. Enjoy listening!

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classical music is for nerds

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*Side-note: I got that quote from an old 80's movie. It does not reflect the views of this poster, or any other poster, or of this forum

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Why thank you Ponce Cool

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Mozart - Requiem Mass
Holst - The Planets
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite
Respighi - The Pines of Rome
Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kije, Scythian Suite
Moussoorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain
Liszt - Battle of the Huns, Hungarian March to the Assault
 
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Thanks all!
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I'm a nerd but I hate Classical music. Seems so false for me.

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Originally posted by Menumorut

I'm a nerd but I hate Classical music. Seems so false for me.
 
Honestly, what has been the point of your two posts in this thread other than to try and pick a fight?  We understand that you do not like Classical music; why should that matter to those of us who do?  Let it go already!
 
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What no Wagner?
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The only classical music I knew by song name was Wagner (Ride of the Valkyries) and Vivaldi the four seasons. Of course I know nearly all them composers by name, but never actually listen to their stuff. after spending the last few hours listening to some of them, I can honestly say I've heard them all before. Amazing that music written so long ago can still lie in the public consciousness (Movies, tv advertisements, etc. etc.) yet be so unfamiliar when you sit down and listen to them! Thanks again for the beginners guide!
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Originally posted by King John

What no Wagner?
 
I like the instrumental music of Wagner.  However, since I do not care much for opera, the solo vocals tend to get on my nerves.  I saw an all-instrumental version of The Ring and some other pieces on Amazon that I thought about getting sometime.
 
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Honestly, what has been the point of your two posts in this thread other than to try and pick a fight?  We understand that you do not like Classical music; why should that matter to those of us who do?  Let it go already!
 


It was not to pick a fight. Classical music has become a cult, it's the idea of it that makes people think they love it and I thought my opinion would be interesting.

It's not a music that express life feelings, like the folk, pop or rock music, but a genre addressing to the intellect, so is something a little lifeless.




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Oh my god, hope that no one else will read your humbug.

The classical music is the pathfinder for all the pop and rock music, all you nerds are listening to.

 
Many of the early pop musicians were inspired by classic composers. And many of them were using classic elements in their pieces.
 
Most of the dilettantes, who are are leading the pop-charts today, doent have any idea of this music.
 
Spending 4 1/2 hours at a Wagner opera, is one the greatest moments you will ever have, nerds.

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Brandemburg concertos of Bach, King Arthur by Henry Purcell, From the New world and the Slavonic Dances by Dvorak, Ma Vlast by Smetana, Carneval of Animals by Saint Seans...


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I like classical music in general, although I have prefferences for certain authors: Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart, for instance, are my favorites. I also like some pieces of Wagner, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Pachelbel, Muzorsky and many other authors as well.
I also love the Spanish Classical music of Joaquin Rodrigo, the barroque music of the Missions in South America, and the music of Vangelis, Wackeman and other rock musicians -that sound "classical" to me.
 
For me, Classical Music is not a music for nerds. It is music for people with some education and good taste.
 
For the people, let them to hear rap and Maddona... Ouch


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Originally posted by Menumorut


It's not a music that express life feelings, like the folk, pop or rock music, but a genre addressing to the intellect, so is something a little lifeless.


I think you haven't heard much of classical music then. You cannot judge from one author, because I don't like Brahms nor Albioni nor Corelli nor Locatelli and many, many others, you always find something you like. You cannot even say classical music as a whole, because you cannot compare Bach and/or Mozart with Sibelius or Stravinsky: they are a totally different kind of music even if it is all considered "classical music".


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Originally posted by Menumorut

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It's not a music that express life feelings, like the folk, pop or rock music, but a genre addressing to the intellect, so is something a little lifeless.
 
Music without feelings???
 
Listen the "Ride of the Valkyries" and you will want to go for a fight at a war!
Listen to the "Hymn to hapiness" of the 9th symphony, and you get happy
Or what about the "Tocata and fuge" of Bach, that put you in direct contact with the supernatural?
Just listen the "Requiem" of Mozart once, and tell us if it is not the greatest "tune" ever written.
 
Well, perhaps it is a matter of sensibility.
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Originally posted by pinguin

Or what about the "Tocata and fuge" of Bach, that put you in direct contact with the supernatural?


Well didn't Beethoven said something like:"They call him Bach (stream in German, if I'm not wrong) while they should be calling him ocean" Smile
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