Do you listen to classical music?  Who are your favorite composers?

Do I listen to…. what kind of question is this?! Yes. Without a doubt. Wholeheartedly and with every fibre of my being. Anyone who purports to love music and who doesn't listen to classical music is robbing themselves of the best experience music offers.

You know what really twists my crank though? That so many people only think of classical music as 'relaxing'. That they choose to throw it into the background. It's not background music. It's so far from relaxing. It's engaging. It's the most complex music you will find. It demands active listening. It demands that you pay attention and see what all the instruments are doing. There are dozens of voices going on at any one time – and they all just fit.

I know it's a daunting task to start exploring it – there's much to learn – but if you love music, you owe it to yourself to try.

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  1. I couldn't agree more. Listening to music, no matter the type, should be an active pursuit. Verdi once said: "All true art must never reside in the realm of the casual. True art – whether it be musical or visual – is the result of active forces. The same applies to our appreciation of it."

  2. Nice quote! One of the best arguments against shlocky albums like "The Most relaxing classical Music Album in the World…Ever". AArrgH!

  3. Yeah, I love the "Ever" part. What, are they trying to put people to sleep? Get "Sounds of the Sea," for crying out loud!

  4. One of my friends has a "Chopin by the Sea" album and it freaks me out. What record company exec came up with that brilliant plan. Yes, putting ambient noise over beautiful music is the work of an imbecile, but what makes it crazy is that it's ocean noise. How did they conceive of that? Not like it's common to wheel a piano down by the seaside for a recital. Yoiks! Let's hope the individual responsible was fired.As for my friend, he threatens to play the CD on regular occasions, but hasn't yet followed through. Thank heavens!

  5. *Cringes*
    That's almost as bad as "Mozart by the Jersey Turnpike." You just know that one's in the works.

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