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Offline Diletante

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Classical stupidities
« on: November 24, 2008, 06:22:24 AM »
Hi there.

Maybe you remember the time when you were new to classical music and had all these stupid ideas about it. Care to share them?

I remember that in my first concert (some months ago), when the orchestra started tuning (or whatever the word is), I actually thought they had started playing! I remember I thought: "wow, that doesn't sound good...". Then, after a while they stopped, the conductor walked in and I felt incredibly stupid.

But, hey, I didn't applaude between the movements!  :)
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008, 06:28:33 AM »
I used to think that composers writing tonal music in the 20th Century were "regressive".  ::)

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 06:54:59 AM »
I thought I'd never get Mahler. This was true till about a few weeks ago. The stupid thing about that was, I'd never listened to much of the symphonies. The sixth, only a couple of times, and that too from somewhere in the middle.
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 07:05:19 AM »
I thought there was nothing more to Stravinsky than Rite  $:)

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 07:32:22 AM »
I thought there was nothing more to Stravinsky than Rite  $:)
and you found out you were wrong instead of rite?

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008, 07:36:25 AM »
You might even say it's sacre-legious.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2008, 07:41:27 AM »
I first heard the suites from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet in the late '80s and they did nothing for me then....and then I finally listened to the whole ballet this year.

If there's a stupid competition, I win! ;)
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2008, 08:29:49 AM »
This blinkered Wagnerian ignored (most of) Schumann's music until 2002 (age 41)...
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2008, 09:01:11 AM »
I came straight out of nursery rhymes and thought Kuhlau a great master. My horizons were first stretched by a Myra Hess piano album. I wish I still had it.
A day may be a destiny; for life
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With some one chance, the balance of all time:
A look—a word—and we are wholly changed.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2008, 09:12:54 AM »
I thought Bach's WTC was scored for keyboard and chorus. Seriously :-[. I bought the Gould recording and remembering telling my sister that I didn't like it because there were monks chanting in the background or something.
Durch alle Töne tönet
Im bunten Erdentraum
Ein leiser Ton gezogen
Für den der heimlich lauschet.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2008, 09:43:05 AM »
I used to think that composers writing tonal music in the 20th Century were "regressive".  ::)

Hahahaha, now there's funny.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2008, 09:49:21 AM »
I used to think that R. Strauss was not the greatest genius there has ever been.

 0:)

When I was 14, I registered at GMG and asked why Romantic composers didn't write as many symphonies as Haydn and Mozart did.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2008, 10:03:44 AM »
I thought Bach's WTC was scored for keyboard and chorus. Seriously :-[. I bought the Gould recording and remembering telling my sister that I didn't like it because there were monks chanting in the background or something.

I think that's funny, too.
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2008, 10:21:24 AM »
Hahahaha, now there's funny.

Yes, especially if you look at my current favorites (Sibelius, Nielsen, Delius, Honegger). :D

The sad thing is that some people haven't grown out of it (cf. the Schonberg on Sibelius thread :o)!

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2008, 11:15:49 AM »
I never ever thought I could listen and enjoy Wagner.  I was wrong.  :)

Also didn't think I could ever enjoy Bartok's quartets.  Wrong again.  :)

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2008, 11:22:27 AM »
Here's another stupidity.

At first, I thought Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" was just the nickname of the symphony.   :P :-[

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2008, 11:28:19 AM »
At first, I thought Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" was just the nickname of the symphony.   :P :-[

Isn't it?
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2008, 11:37:07 AM »
Isn't it?

What I meant was that if Schubert had written S# 8 to it's completion (ie. 4 standard movements), would he have named it "Unfinished"?   :D

What do you mean, who's on first?

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2008, 11:43:17 AM »
What I meant was that if Schubert had written S# 8 to it's completion (ie. 4 standard movements), would he have named it "Unfinished"?   :D

Ah...

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What do you mean, who's on first?
Was that a pop. culture reference? Sorry, I don't get it. :(
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2008, 12:02:07 PM »
Was that a pop. culture reference? Sorry, I don't get it. :(

Yes, here it is:

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