How do you appreciate Classical music? It just feels difficult to listen to. I want to get into it but damn, it's tough. Can only intelligent people appreciate it?
Just start with the more generic stuff and you'll find different styles and sounds that you like. For me, I liked a few Beethoven pieces, then found I really liked Beethoven's 7th symphony, 2nd movement. I found that that sound was pretty similar to that of Tchaikovsky. On the other hand, I found I absolutely hated Vivaldi, so I avoid anything that sounds like they like the plague.
Yes there is. It's hard at first to really "follow" the melody.
Modern music is built on a riff/verse structure, whilst classical music is divided in phrases, of course some passages have repetitions but it's completely different.
I'd suggest taking something friendly at first, like the first movement of tchaikovsky's piano concerto in Bminor and listening it once every day for, say, a fortnight. When you're able to sing all of it by memory (well at least in your head, you don't actually have to be able to sing) you'll probably "get" it. Worked for me, at least
>hundred years and thousands of miles of cultural difference
But classical music includes plenty of 20th century stuff from a variety of countries. It doesn't have to be from 17th century Italy to be classical.
You just have to find something you like. Starting with "entry-level" stuff like Mozart or Bach is probably a bad idea. Listen to music from the modern or contemporary eras instead like Debussy, they're much more accessible to a modern listener of popular music. You can work your way backwards from that.
Pretty much this. You've been conditioned from childhood into enjoying popular music. If you were born a century or two ago you'd probably love classical instead, since that's what would've been played around you.
It's really great, I recommend both Van Cliburn's and Ashkenazi versions of it; my question would be the same though, could you sing its main melody by memory? (of the first movement at least)
Ok then i think it's just a matter of knowing more and more and understanding how things evolved from things.
Also you might like some forms of classical music more than others. I for istance prefer concertoes and chamber music over symphonies, generally speaking.
Well yeah you can listen. You can listen to anything. I can listen to someones bunghole flapping with poop flying out but I'm talking about understanding and appreciating the music. Not just listening.
>people find Western Classical hard to enjoy/understand
how can someone not enjoy this
Western Classical music is 1 piece of a minor Composer
Also Op usually avoid listening to classical music proposed by /mu/, if it's not one of the big names it's usually minor/modern american composers who can be appreciated only by people who have listened to everything else
studying music theory to understand whats happening in music will help I.E learning compostitional devices like sequence and inversion and being able totell when a subject is developed etc will make listening alot more enjoyable.