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Offline HomerChapman

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« on: July 30, 2021, 09:33:33 PM »
New to the forum.
Find it a little intimidating-seeing it’s a classical music forum and I don’t read music, & certainly can’t play an instrument :).
My first exposure to classical music was in the ‘70s listening to the Toronto FM station CJRT. It is a jazz station now, but I remember the days when Peter Keigh and others introduced me to orchestral, opera,  chamber & early music. One of my favourite programs of theirs was on Sunday night-‘Music Before 1800’. From there, I’ve tried to expand my knowledge. Hopefully I can learn a few things through this forum as well.
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Re: New Member - from Canada
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2021, 05:40:53 AM »
Hello, Homer, and welcome. No need to read music or play and instrument -- neither one is required to have a good time here. Let us know what you're listening to, and enjoy GMG.

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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2021, 05:52:38 AM »
Welcome aboard, Homer! Your avatar looks familiar from another forum --- perhaps the Steve Hoffman forum? Anyway, who are some of your favorite composers? Looking forward to seeing you around and feel free to jump right into a thread of your interest.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2021, 05:56:29 AM »
Hello and Welcome !  :)
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2021, 06:04:28 AM »
Welcome, Homer!  :)

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2021, 06:08:34 AM »
Welcome, Homer!

No prerequisites to being a member here - while we certainly do have members who can read, play, and compose music, I think most of us are just "lay listeners" like yourself. I can read music to a certain extent and played an instrument as a kid (over 40 years ago!), but I'm far from being expert - and, except at the most rudimentary level, music theory goes in one ear and out the other with me. So no worries about being out of your depth here.

Anyway, glad to have you!
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2021, 07:40:23 AM »
A warm welcome, Homer !  :)

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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2021, 03:17:20 PM »
Bienvenue!
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2021, 10:28:23 PM »
Welcome and enjoy!

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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2021, 11:32:06 PM »
I can't read music and don't play an instrument either but that has never stopped me from contributing my 'expert' (Hahaha) opinions on many subjects - so, please don't feel inhibited by that! As the proud father-in-law to a fellow Canadian I am very pleased that you have joined the forum and hope that you enjoy your time here.
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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2021, 05:55:38 PM »
Welcome aboard, Homer! Your avatar looks familiar from another forum --- perhaps the Steve Hoffman forum? Anyway, who are some of your favorite composers? Looking forward to seeing you around and feel free to jump right into a thread of your interest.
Some of my favourites are Haydn(who I put on the cd player esp. when I need to believe that 'everything is all right with the world'), Wagner-hope to appreciate the more vocal aspects of his work eventually, for now, his Overture to The Flying Dutchman is near the top of things I like by him. I have a few of the Tallis Scholars' cds, and find that kind of polyphony very attractive. Vaughan Williams, though, is probably my favourite composer. Mostly for the pieces where he embeds folk music and captivating tunes into the fabric- ie In The Fen Country. I find his symphonies a little harder to warm up to. There are others, of course.
Thanx to all for the welcomes.
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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2021, 07:02:23 PM »
Some of my favourites are Haydn(who I put on the cd player esp. when I need to believe that 'everything is all right with the world'), Wagner-hope to appreciate the more vocal aspects of his work eventually, for now, his Overture to The Flying Dutchman is near the top of things I like by him. I have a few of the Tallis Scholars' cds, and find that kind of polyphony very attractive. Vaughan Williams, though, is probably my favourite composer. Mostly for the pieces where he embeds folk music and captivating tunes into the fabric- ie In The Fen Country. I find his symphonies a little harder to warm up to. There are others, of course.
Thanx to all for the welcomes.

8) I hope you enjoy your time here.
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2021, 01:40:16 AM »
Welcome, indeed. I am also a fan of RVW :)

As far as expertise is concerned, if you turned off the light, I broadly couldn't find my butt with both hands, but I love the music and appreciate the patience shown to me here. Doubtless you will find lots of fascinating discussion to read and join in with.
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2021, 04:23:44 AM »
Some of my favourites are Haydn(who I put on the cd player esp. when I need to believe that 'everything is all right with the world'), Wagner-hope to appreciate the more vocal aspects of his work eventually, for now, his Overture to The Flying Dutchman is near the top of things I like by him. I have a few of the Tallis Scholars' cds, and find that kind of polyphony very attractive. Vaughan Williams, though, is probably my favourite composer. Mostly for the pieces where he embeds folk music and captivating tunes into the fabric- ie In The Fen Country. I find his symphonies a little harder to warm up to. There are others, of course.
Thanx to all for the welcomes.

Huge Haydn fan, too.
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