>>548500282 later on, you can listen to 'more difficult' composers like beethoven, bach, Haydn, Mozart, .... Beethoven's sixth is a real masterpiece, but you should do your research to understand the poetry of this kind of music, which will make it so much more enjoyable to listen to!
>>548499241 More important than what music you choose is how you listen. It's not just pretty background noise, it's serious business. Learn about the composer, the period, and especially, what is actually going on musically in the piece. If you can read music, listen with a score. I was particularly helped by Robert Greenberg's "How to listen to and understand great music" (there are torrents) audio course, and his other ones on specific composers and genres.
If you take the time to appreciate serious music, you will never go back to popular music.
For piano, I'd go with Chopin. He's great and also very easy for a 'beginner', due to his many 'hits'. Checkout the Revolutionary Etude, Fantaisie Impromptu, Rain Drop etude and March Funebre, for example.
As a pianist, I love Liszts and Ravels piano works. Look up Ravels Une Barque sur l'ocean, Ravels Piano Concerto 2, and Liszts Totentanz or Un Sospiro. I hope this helps, if you listen tell me how you like them.
OP here. Thanks guys, you're being gnuinely helpful.
>>548500606 What does it mean that some pieces are more 'difficult' than other?
>>548500730 That is what I've never understood about the classical music. What is the point of listenning to music that doesn't 'get me' straight away? Why should I make an effort and force myself to like such music? What is the purpose? Why should I even try? Can it be actually enjoyable? I also think you made a good point. I listen to music in many different situations, but I could surely find some time just to sit in the armchair and appreciate the piece. If there is anything to appreciate, of course.
You must know I'm not educated musically, not even a little bit. I know nothing. I've always put my attention to the lyrics of pieces I've been listenning to.
Also, one more question: is there any kind of music that somewhat links popular music with classical music? Some genre I could start with and get to the actual classical music 'through' it? I've been thinking about movie music.
OP, you need to listen to Dvorak. Need to. Listen to his 7th and 9th symphonies and his cello and violin concertos. Also, Mendelssohn was a genius that you need to experience. Listen to his piano trios and violin concerto.
The composers mentioned here are great artists indeed, and easily accesible for someone who is new to classical music.
If you want something more "challenging", but not too far out for the average listener, I would recommend Sergei Prokofiev. Start out with something like "Romeo & Juliet", which has many famous themes.
Oh, and definitely check out "5 pieces for violin and piano"; beautiful work.
Since classical music as we know it today started with the Baroque period, start by listening to some Bach (Brandenburg Concertos, Double Violin) and Vivaldi (4 seasons). Then start working your way forward. Next would be the Classical period and you would listen to Mozart, Haydin, and Beethoven. Then after that move into the Romantic period with such as Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Tchaikovsky and then you can move into 20th Century with Satie, Debussy, Gershwin and Stravinsky. These are only but a few names but some of the more popular names. As you start to hear the differences between the different eras and understand the progression of musical development from era to era, then you can start to find other composers and see what made them more or less progressive for their time and how they contributed to music as a whole.
>>548504009 The point about the difficulty of classical music is that it will 'get you' a lot more profoundly than simpler music if you teach yourself how to listen to it. Since it's more complex, it can unlock more feels (crude way of expressing that magical thing that music does to us, I know). If you think about how far you've come since you were a teenager in terms of what you find to be an interesting story, or personality, or theory, or anything else with intellectual content, why should you be content with listening to music that is created with teens as a its primary audience? A centuries-long tradition of intelligent, discerning people is saying to you, "Trust us, it's better over here."
As far as the process of getting there, I find that I need a mix of "book learning" (having the music explained to me) and quiet, attentive, repeated listening. It's like getting to know a person, kind of, in that being with them becomes more interesting the more familiar you are with them.
If you know Italian, German, or French, I would say opera is a great way for someone who's verbally oriented to get into classical music. Sadly not much in English. Movie music gets you accustomed to the sounds of an orchestra, but I don't think most of it approaches classical music in tonal or structural complexity, because you're not meant to be focused on it and notice things like beginning, middle, and end, and relate them to each other. I would say find a few classical composers that you like right away and dive into them and their music, and that will give you the vocabulary, so to speak, to approach others with.
You have to kind of get into it. The more you listen, you start noticing little subtleties that make it even more rewarding. Most classical pieces are this way. Now I know that opera is not everyone's cup of tea, it just happen to be mine. You have to look around until you find something you like.
Try this instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnWz8KqOnJg
>>548504009Listen to this, beautifull, right? Catchy, 'simple' melody, repetitions, harmonic, nice buildup, ... so, even for the untrained ear, verry enjoyable.
But wait, there's more! If you do your research, you'll learn that this piece is symbolizes the battles between the French,and the russian Partizans. You can actually recognize three 'climaxes'! Both the French and the Russians have their own 'theme', btw... And the part that symbolizes the russians is based on an actual russian folkloristic dance.
There's so much more to tell about this, but why don't you listen to it yourself? To top it off, at the end you can hear real cannons, celebrating the russian victory over the French... Classical music can be quite impressive, right?
1. Download classical collection 2. Listen to all of them 3. Pick out the composers that you like 4. Do some research 5. Download the ones that you like 6. Listen to them 7. When you want more, pick other composers 8. Step 4~6 9. Repeat 3~7
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