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Just curious how many AC members drop in here weekly.

I was here!
8 (57.1%)
I wasn't here.
4 (28.6%)
I was here, but hate classical music.
0 (0%)
Could you repeat the question.
0 (0%)
I was told there would be no math.
2 (14.3%)

Total Members Voted: 14

Voting closed: 31 Aug 2017, 08:54 pm

Classical music listeners

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #20 on: 30 Aug 2017, 11:45 am »
I personally think metal causes and/or aggravates brain damage (just KIDDING), but I grew up listening to rock, and, although it took years, I now enjoy some classical (I also was introduced to jazz fairly young, which I think helped.) In my early twenties, I decided I 'should' listen to classical because it was Important, but I was forcing it down my own throat and wasn't really ready for it. So I gave it up for a long long time. I came back to it in the last few years when I was finally ready to 'take it in'. Even now though, I gravitate towards the more modern stuff than the 'powdered wig era'. Frank Zappa once said he disliked the music of that era because it "reminds me of painting by numbers". I don't feel that strongly about it, but I do understand what he's saying- it's a little 'neat and tidy' for someone who grew up listening to blues guitar stranglers bending notes thru overdriven tube amps. So maybe that's what your friend was saying. Unlike HsvHeelFan, I do like some Bach though. Different strokes I guess.
I started listen music w/Ravel and CPE Bach that was the only kind of music avaliable at the local rather small public library, so after years I discover rock and roll and country, when I discover prog rock was a relief to listen Moody Blues and Tangerine Dream.

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #21 on: 22 Sep 2017, 07:40 pm »
I once heard someone say that if Beethoven were alive today, he'd be listening to the likes of Led Zep. The great composure's of classical music didn't have access to modern tech and electric instruments, but if they did, one has to wonder what they might have done.

I don't know if I'd agree with that ! That sounds like the perspective of someone who isn't that particularly "moved" by the artistic uniqueness of the musical genre .

I for one am absolutely,positively glad that Beethoven was artistically creative enough to explore music on a much deeper level than worrying about what music he felt he wasn't able to Orchestrate with the "limitations" of the acoustical instruments . I very rarely think of electrical instruments & Orchestrations in the same sentence.

For myself I think of Electronic Instrumentation as a step back in terms of available Musicality. I don't care for single voiced "Music"(That is a "Slave to Modern Technology, & as a result becomes nothing more than noisy wallpaper that I would never use)


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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #22 on: 22 Sep 2017, 08:37 pm »
No doubt that composers from different times would take advantage of more musical sound options.  However, it's not like classic acoustic instruments lack in sound sophistication or variation.  Personally, I find electrically altered/amplified instruments to not be a nuanced as their non amplified/altered versions.
I suspect that Steve would agree that Jascha Heifetz never needed amplifications to fill an auditorium with sound. 

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #23 on: 22 Sep 2017, 08:55 pm »
If Beethoven were alive today, he wouldn't be the Beethoven we know from history. First of all, he likely wouldn't be lonely and angry because of deafness - modern medicine and technology would have probably helped him :lol: Seriously though, all artists are products of their times. No mater what discipline, an artist's creative talents are a blend of those that came before and those they live among.

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #24 on: 23 Sep 2017, 12:11 am »
Obviously, every musician/composer is a child of their time and place.

However, the purpose of this little exercise was to get a sense of the number of classical listeners here at AC.  And although I know there are several that didn't respond, it looks like we can measure our number in dozens- perhaps scores.    :(

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #25 on: 23 Sep 2017, 10:46 am »
Yes, classical listeners are not a growing subset of music lovers. So many things contribute to the situation. The world's accelerating pace of living is not conducive to the mental state one needs to appreciate the art form. Schools have generally given up on the arts and children who receive meaningful exposure to arts of any kind are the exception rather than the rule. STEM (science, technology, engineering, medicine) disciplines are the obsession of the education world and the legislators that fund schools. Teachers of the arts are fighting a losing battle for recognition as relevant disciplines. Wealthy individuals who value and endow museums, ballets, orchestras, theaters, etc. are growing fewer in number as the old signifiers of social status have changed. I often wonder how many orchestras will be left in the world in fifty years time. Far fewer I imagine. Our own local orchestra has radically changed its programming in the last few years as it attempts to woo younger audiences. Constant crossover shows; orchestral interpretations of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, shows with rock artists sharing the billing, etc. Time will tell if that's a winning strategy or not.

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #26 on: 23 Sep 2017, 11:18 am »
I'm one. Lucky enough to live where I can see live almost any weekend. Also have local classical radio station, including in HD format

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #27 on: 23 Sep 2017, 12:23 pm »
Me too, AJ. Two classical radio stations, a first-class symphony orchestra (Colorado Springs Philharmonic), a near first-class chamber orchestra (Chamber Orchestra of the Springs), opera, and a wonderful Colorado College Summer Music Festival. The arts - - especially classical music -- are really flourishing here. We're very lucky. And, oh yes, I have a couple thousand classical LPs as well.

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Re: Classical music listeners
« Reply #28 on: 28 Sep 2017, 05:01 pm »
Loved classical since I listened to Alexander Nevsky when I was a little kid with my brother who was a bass trombonist at Juilliard at the time - didn't get into opera until I studied music in Vienna for about 6 months (was a French horn player at Indiana university at the time). My tastes in recordings vary from the usual audiophile types like Living Stereo etc because I like more modern brass sections  :thumb: my favorite composers are probably bruckner Mahler and Strauss   8)