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Few metal heads who are seriously interested in music, and not just youthful rebellion, seem to ever discount classic music as being worth while. Anyway, how could they, there is so much there. It would be like saying you don't like the past, or see no point in slicing bread, because that is a thing of the past. ahhh, I was about to go off on Dada movement dogma about obliterating the art of the past and starting over, but I checked myself before going into uber-pretention mode, thank goodness. I don't like baroque music, I like romantic stuff more, and impressionistic, and the two modern slavic composers I know about, Janacek and Dvorak. and Beethoven (yes I already mentioned romantic, but I especially like Beethoven).

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And Pachelbel's fucking Canon.

Re: classical? I really like classical music, usually mostly when I'm sleepy tho

Re: classical? bach - prelude, beethoven - moonlight and fur elise

we should also not forget that classic music had and influence on rock and metal, Jon Lord and Yngwie Malmsteen are the first names that come to my mind. And for those of you that like Deep Purple go immediately and get the Concerto per Gruppo e orchestra recorded at Royal Albert Hall in 1969, maybe a bit difficult to digest at first if you are not into classic music, but certainly and underrated masterpiece and the first recording with Ian Gillian

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yeah, Bach is number one for me too, even though i must admit that I am really ignorant about classical music. To acquire some decent knowledge on classical music, hard rock and metal with all the subgenres all together will be impossible in a lifetime, unless you are Piero Scaruffi, the guy has rated absolutely everything. I don´t agree with his ratings, but I totally agree with his hostility towards the Beatles, according the him one of the most overrated bands. Definitely worthy to check out is web page.

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It was never something I actively sought out but would love to hear some suggestions. Dynamically and composition(ly) speaking I hear a lot of parallels to metal, specifically prog, tech and instrumental. Not really had much experience outside of Bach tho. The first time I started taking classical music seriously (and I'm preparing to be mocked mercilessly) was Metallica's S&M, thought it worked brilliantly. Also sum dimmu stuff and some of Devin Townsends orchestral arrangements.

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I promised a list of some of my favorite composers, so here it is. This is by no means a complete list but it should give a decent image of my taste in classical music and people who are willing to explore classical music will have their work cut out with this list. Messiaen Saint-Saens Bartok Eisler Dvorak Tjeknavorian Barber Ligeti Wagner Glass Enescu Janacek Kreisler Alwyn Bruckner Jadassohn Part Khachatoerjan Tchaikovsky Hindesmith Mozart Tartini Elgar Alkan Sims Stravinsky Shostakovich Schnittke Mussorgsky

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Merged, sorry for any confusion. I'm big on Debussy's solo piano, also into some postmodern stuff - a little bit of Glass, a little Reich, really loving Meredith Monk lately.

Debussy rocks. I ******* hate Glass though. Sims does the same, but way better if you ask me.

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Does Carl Orff count as classical? 'Cause the Carmina Burana is one of the most beautiful, and one of the heaviest, pieces ever to have graced my ears.

'Classical' itself is a vague term when it's not used to describe music from the 18th and begin 19th century. I myself think little boundaries still remain when using the term. Hell, I even call Varèse and others classical.

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