Re: Ode To Joy - New Classical Music Thread
Barenboim was giving a lecture on Beethoven, and so by chance I'd just listened to the Ode To Joy, therefore it was as good a place as any to kick-off the thread.
You're right Eric, sadly, it's the nerds, weirdos, whateveroos' who beat the drum, in HMV I recently left "pop" and stood in "classical" and it's a different crowd for sure, but of course it's not for weirdos.
It's just part of being generally well-educated and curious about any and all types of art.
Members of my family have always been into classical music, so I never really had to seek it out, but because it was pervasive and not always welcome, I've not really pursued it in any structured way.
But I think you need that environment, at home or elsewhere sometimes to stand a chance of eventually "getting it"; not everything as you say is easy to acquire an appreciation of or about instant gratification.
Classical music takes time and patience and although I love pop, the best of pop, at least; I tend to restrict myself to specific artists as it's always "everywhere", in films, malls or shopping centres, radio and you don't have to seek it out it's sometimes more enjoyable if you don't overload!
I picked up a copy of THE PENGUIN COMPANION TO CLASSICAL MUSIC by Paul Griffiths, a few years ago, I'd probably recommend it as a valuable "way-in" resource. You can quite literally look up anything and everything quickly, but it's also quite expensive folks!
Youtube on the other hand is free and even if the quality is a bit naff, at least it's a way to sample and even discover new works/composers.
Edit to add: thanks for the clips John, appreciated.
Last edited by Hamlet; 30-Jul-2012 at 18:45.
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