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    Recently I have tried to develop an interest in 20th century classical music, but I have to admit it is heavy going.
    Last week I attempted to organise what I called a musical evening, with several chums, but this plan was met with some deeply sarcastic comments suggesting I was being pretentious.
    As a result only two persons attended and we listened to the music of Schoenberg and Stockhousing.
    After that was over one individual declared I should return to listening to bands such as the Bay City Rollers
    I may well take his advice altho' I am disappointed an attempt to improve my listening habits has been dismissed and met with open hostility.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    ...we listened to the music of Schoenberg and Stockhousing.
    Think you mean Stockhausen. Better to listen to Philip Glass, Arvo Part, Shostakovich, Lutoslawski. Sibelius, Debussy.
    After that was over one individual declared I should return to listening to bands such as the Bay City Rollers
    That is not music. It is an excuse just make a noise.


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    It's good that you're trying to expand your musical horizon, but that being said, this doesn't mean you are going to like everything you listen to. The best you can do is give it a try, and if you do find something that you like, don't let someone else's opinion sway you.
    "Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feelings for the strength of their argument.
    The heated mind resents the chill touch & relentless scrutiny of logic"-W.E. Gladstone


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    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    After that was over one individual declared I should return to listening to bands such as the Bay City Rollers
    Wow. Your friends are savage.
    This space for rent
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC426913 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cameron buttle View Post
    After that was over one individual declared I should return to listening to bands such as the Bay City Rollers
    Wow. Your friends are savage.
    Ha ha
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    Schoenberg is the worst place to start to get into 20th century music. For starters I would suggest Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, Copeland, Richard Strauss. More adventuresome, try Carter or Mahler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman View Post
    Schoenberg is the worst place to start to get into 20th century music. For starters I would suggest Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, Copeland, Richard Strauss. More adventuresome, try Carter or Mahler.
    Some excellent choices, but Carter? I'd prefer Adams (Nixon in China, Shaker Loops).
    Or how about Steve Reich (Different Trains).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E4Bjt_zVJc

    Mahler, definitely. He denounced his own music but championed other composers. Symphonies and songs (lieder) were his passion. He could put the whole world into a symphony where one theme merges seamlessly into the next. Symphony 2 (Resurrection) is a candidate for the greatest symphony of all.
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