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Renfield

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #80 on: December 04, 2008, 06:21:14 PM »
I think my greatest crime against classical music from my earliest listening days is considering Beethoven's 7th symphony a sequence of shallow, happy-go-lucky tunes with a euphoric conclusion.

Nowadays, I cringe even as I type that.

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« Reply #81 on: December 05, 2008, 12:28:00 AM »
One of my stupidities: thinking that the exceedingly large dynamic range on a recording of a Kancheli piece was the result of incompetent sound engineers at Deutsche Grammophon.

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« Reply #82 on: December 05, 2008, 09:30:58 PM »
I think my greatest crime against classical music from my earliest listening days is considering Beethoven's 7th symphony a sequence of shallow, happy-go-lucky tunes with a euphoric conclusion.

Nowadays, I cringe even as I type that.

I called the 1st movement of Beethoven's 9th "no big whoop"
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #83 on: December 07, 2008, 02:41:55 AM »
Here's a stupidity for ya: When I was younger, at the time I first started caring a little more about vocal music, for a little while I thought the difference between the different singing voice groups (tenor, bass etc) was much greater than it actually is. I remember thinking that e.g. the tenor range started at about where the bass range ends! I think it has something to do with how different those voices usually sound, even when they're singing the exact same note.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #84 on: December 07, 2008, 06:56:04 AM »
I gave up the violin in primary school so I could watch Batman, which was on at the same time.
Then in high school I lost my cello.
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #85 on: December 07, 2008, 07:29:52 AM »

Then in high school I lost my cello.

But, assuming you left it in the back of a taxi, that would put you in the same class as Yo-Yo Ma.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #86 on: December 07, 2008, 09:13:35 AM »
I only would listen to piano music until I was about 17. I thought the rest wasn't worth listening to. Though piano music still holds a special place in my heart I am not so stupid to disregard the wonders of instruments other than my own.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #87 on: December 08, 2008, 10:27:22 PM »
if this isn't pure classical stupidity (or ownage) I don't know what:

http://csobassblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/high-fidelity.html
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #88 on: December 16, 2008, 07:01:19 AM »
First time I heard Ravel's Piano Concerto live, I was expecting it to start with a crack of a whip!
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #89 on: December 18, 2008, 06:20:49 PM »
I gave up the violin in primary school so I could watch Batman, which was on at the same time.
Batman was a great show.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #90 on: December 18, 2008, 11:50:47 PM »
First time I heard Ravel's Piano Concerto live, I was expecting it to start with a crack of a whip!
But more important; whom were you expecting them to whip?

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« Reply #91 on: December 19, 2008, 02:54:47 AM »
But more important; whom were you expecting them to whip?

The pianist? (Get started already!)

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Two more stupidities:

1) I used to think that it was a shame that the classical repertoire was so very small compared to popular music. I thought there were just a handful of composers (Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and a few others) who had composed just a handful of compositions each.  ::)

2) I tried to get a friend of mine into classical music (the only 'classical' he'd listened to was Vanessa-Mae's rendition of Toccata and Fugue and some electronic-classical-fusion-thing of one of Vivaldi's Four Seasons [Spring or Autumn, can't remember which]).

Anyway, I was making him listen to the fourth movement of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony, a movement that I find very easily likeable because of its sheer energy. At the end of it, this conversation ensued:


Friend: That sounds nice! Is that the original recording?
Me:      What do you mean?
Friend:  You know, the original.
Me:      Huh?
Friend: You know, man, when this was composed, was it recorded back then?
Me:
      (Trying to keep a straight face.) Dude, this was composed more than 100 years ago. They couldn't record it back then.
Friend: Oh.


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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #92 on: December 19, 2008, 12:54:14 PM »
I don't know what made me think this but I thought every book about music would be filled with musical notes and no text.  I was filled with chagrin when I discovered that was not the case and lamented all the years I could have been learning about music on my own.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #93 on: December 23, 2008, 06:05:09 AM »
I dislike the music of Debussy,Ravel,Once I told a girl from musical school,I dislike the music of Debussy and any musian at the same priod,as Scalati...,Shame!!

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« Reply #94 on: December 24, 2008, 06:02:24 AM »
Yesterday I was talking to this hard-rock fan (who, to be honest, wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed) and more or less this conversation ensued:


Guy: So, when you want to relax, what kind of music do you play?
Me:  Erm, classical. You weren't expecting me to relax to rock music, right?
Guy: You mean classical like Beethoven and Mozart?
Me:  Yeah.
Guy: I listen to Beethoven when I want to sleep.
Me:  Ah...
Guy: Yeah, I have the whole Beethoven and just put it on and go to sleep.
Me:  The whole Beethoven? You have the WHOLE Beethoven?
Guy: Yeah. I have it on a CD.
Me:
  (thinking: 'this is gold') On a single CD? Are you sure it's the whole collection?
Guy: Yeah, I just put it on and go to sleep.
Me:  Ah...
(long pause) And how many pieces are on the CD?
Guy: Erm... I don't know. The only thing I know is that it runs for about three hours.


That must be some abridged version!  ;D

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #95 on: December 24, 2008, 10:56:26 AM »
That must be some abridged version!  ;D

Not to mention a rather odd CD, if it runs for about three hours! :o


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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #96 on: December 24, 2008, 11:47:31 AM »
Not to mention a rather odd CD, if it runs for about three hours! :o

I wondered about that, too. There was actually a bit more conversation after that: he told me he also has a Mozart CD. When I asked him: 'Is the whole Mozart in that CD?', he told me: 'No'.  ???

It was all so bizarre!
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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #97 on: December 25, 2008, 05:43:56 AM »
I gave up the violin in primary school so I could watch Batman, which was on at the same time.
Then in high school I lost my cello.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #98 on: January 06, 2009, 04:57:26 PM »
This thread made my day.  :D
Ok, I think I can contribute a little.

 When I started collecting classical LPs in my early teenage years:

- my first 30 or so albums were all symphonies/orchestral pieces and concertoes because I thought I was getting more music (since played by large number of musicians) for the same money.

- I used to have a compilations of last movements from concertos on tape, so that I wouldn't have to listen through boring slow movements.

- I had a haydn violin concerto album by Grumiaux and Raymond Leppard, and I was genuinly concerned if Leppard was making enough money to buy food since I thought he was only good enough for conducting orchestral accompaniment.

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Re: Classical stupidities
« Reply #99 on: January 07, 2009, 03:31:52 AM »


  Here's another one for you:  I thought that most of J.S. Bach's cantatas were....oh what's the expression I am looking for....."ONE AND THE SAME"  ::)!!!

  marvin