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doody
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New to Classics

Hi Guys and Gals.

I am not only new to this forum but i am new to classical music all together, it all started with attending a live concert in Amsterdam and I heared the 1812 overture,it was awsome, and I have never enjoyed music like that before.
I decided to learn more about classical music, so I would appreciate if you point out a starting book for understanding classical music, or any online resources.

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Todd
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Re: New to Classics

Jan Swafford's The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a fun, informative read, which focuses mostly on short biographies of the great composers and brief snippets on some other composers. It also has some very good asides about different musical terms and ideas, as well as a basic library list.

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Do a bit of reading in "The Vintage Guide.." if that suits you, but, more importantly go to a lot more live concerts. Then, if your home music system is up to it, start some violin concerti - Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart. After that, follow your nose - er ears. It'll be a great trip.

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Re: New to Classics

Todd and Cheapskate, thanks for your replies, The only problem is that I cannot go for live concerts where i live, I only get this oppertunity when I am on a holiday, how I wish I can go once a month, where I live you really cannot even get cd's, the only way to get them is online (Thank God). The music system i have now is pretty good, am still runing it in and twaeking it, actually it sounds a lot better with classics than with rock or pop.
I would like to ask you which titeles/performers/conductors you would recommend to start with?

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