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Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? [Re: mr_super-hunky] #2720815
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In my childhood there was a lot of Beethoven playing on old LPs at home. Got to know the 9 symphonies quite well. Half way through high school got to know Bach. In 1985 the tri-centenary year of Bach & Handel in 1685, there were a lot of their music on radio. While in music class in school the teacher asked us to do a research paper on a famous composer. Took out a book on Bach from the library and then a recording of the French Suites. Fell in love with his music. Many years later started playing a lot of Bach on an electronic keyboard with other repertoire.

Over the years listened to a lot of Pop music from the 1980s Disco era including the Beatles, Bee Gees & Abba. Met a piano teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience with young children. She can't stand Pop music of any kind and thinks they are not pleasing to the ear.

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Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? [Re: mr_super-hunky] #2720825
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Also I've noticed it depends on what your ear is currently used to, for example, listen to Bach for four hours. Then listen to the Rolling Stones. Now listen to the Rolling Stones for four hours. Then listen to Bach.

In the first example, the Rolling Stones sounds strange, and in the second example, Bach sounds strange. I think a lot of people dismiss certain kinds of music because their ear is only used to listening to a particular thing, it's like a feedback loop.

Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? [Re: mr_super-hunky] #2720839
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In answer to the title question of this thread, no. There's music I love, there's music I'm good enough to play, and I play things that fall into the intersection of those categories.


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Re: Are you surprised at the type (genre) of music you play? [Re: mr_super-hunky] #2720849
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I generally play the music I love to listen to. I don't subscribe to Schnabel's dictum that he'd only play music that's better than it can ever be played (in his opinion), which basically excludes almost everything but the Viennese classics. No Chopin, no Rachmaninov (or any Russians or Eastern Europeans), no Frenchies like Fauré, Ravel or Debussy - how can any pianist live without playing them??

The exceptions for me (i.e. when I play music I wouldn't want to listen to) are some decent pop tunes, which IMO are almost destroyed by all the techno stuff that frequently gets put into the songs these days - "we add them because we can" - distorting not just the tunes but also frequently the singers' voices for the sake of......trendiness? So, I just make my own versions of those tunes and get them back to basics, often making them sound like folk tunes in my arrangements.

After all, if Bartók can make decent piano music out of Hungarian and Romanian and Transylvanian folk tunes, I can make decent folkish piano music out of some current pop tunes grin.


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