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What classical would you suggest to a rock fan

Discussion in 'Classical Music' started by Cannons Ahoy, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Cannons Ahoy

    Cannons Ahoy The Great Pretender

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    I want to get into classical music but I don't know where should I start to get "hooked". The "main" rock genres I like are prog, blues/psychedelic rock and metal. Would you suggest a classical composer or piece for an easy start? I know some of the more popular compositions and have listened to some of them but not very actively.
     
  2. LG

    LG Fade To Black

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    There are quite a few good pieces you could check out Cannons Ahoy.

    Mussorgsky's: Pictures at an Exhibition

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    Tchaikovsky's: 1812 Overture

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    Grieg's: Peer Gynt Suite, make sure it's the orchestral version without singing.

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    Those are all lively pieces and well known, you've probably heard excerpts from all of them in movies/television over the years.
     
  3. Tek_54

    Tek_54 Spanish Rocker Girl

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    Ohh, Bethooven, maybe
     
  4. Jake T

    Jake T Running With The Pack

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    Für Elise - Ludwig van Beethoven



    Add some screaming guitar, bass and drums and you've got a first class prog rocker.
     
  5. Phil B.

    Phil B. Far Out Man!

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  6. Soot and Stars

    Soot and Stars I AM SOOT!

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    I'm not going to suggest any of the original composers but in the last year or so their's been some rock dabblings with more alternative and rock combinations. :)

    In 2011 their was a duo who shredded awesomely on Cellos to some of the hardest rock songs!

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    In a more experimental bent modern day success Classical Stalinist teamed up with a Prepared Pianist (One who alters and adds things to the piano for unique sounds)! The results brought Classical elements into a looser more improvised rock edge.

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  7. Silk.Amber.Galaxy

    Silk.Amber.Galaxy Junior Member

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    Richard Wagner, Johannes Brahms, Beethoven, Richard Strauss (particularly, Also Sprach Zarathustra)

    Most definitely Second the Holst suggestion.
     
  8. Big Ears

    Big Ears Music Lover

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    If you like progressive rock, then The Hebrides (Overture), also known as Fingal's Cave, by Felix Mendelsohn should cut the mustard. I cannot argue with any of the above, but would add Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, even though it has been a bit over exposed. Also, if you like Pictures, Mussorgsky's Night on Bare Mountain is worth hearing. Finally, I like Erik Satie's Gymnopedies, which I first heard via Rod Argent's version.
     
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    Great choice! :grinthumb
     
  10. Julie

    Julie Senior Member

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    Everyone likes satie, chopin and debussy, I think.

    You might also dig classical guitar music, like:



     
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