While browsing blogs I discovered what I think is a good blog for someone just getting started listening to classical music. The writer, not a professional musician, discovered and fell in love with classical music; he uses his blog to share what he learned during the journey. The blog is easy to read and it is well-organized. From what I have read so far the writer seems knowledgeable. The link is as follows:http://www.getintoclassical.com/
There is a recommended list of music for getting started with your listening. It is divided by the standard historical divisions of music history. I have a two suggestions to add here. The first is to listen to a composition that has several short movements such as Enigma Variations by Elgar (1899) or The Planets by Gustav Holst (1916). A short attention span will appreciate these! The second suggestion is to skip the Schnittke viola concerto. I love the fact that a viola concerto was put on the list (I am a violist) and this one is a terrific piece, but I found its mood very dark. I have learned many 20th century works, but the first time I heard the Schnittke it weighed me down emotionally. I have intentionally avoided learning it. A substitution might be Der Schwanendreher by Paul Hindemith or the Bartok viola concerto.
I could go on and on, but this is only a nugget. Check out this blog; it has some good tips!
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