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Classical Music Lovers and Their Tastes in Music
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I wasn't sure where to post this, but I was wondering if I could get some feedback on this topic...

I think most people on this forum love classical music, but how many of you venture out and listen to closely-related genres, such as say, original minimalist music by present-day composers (something a bit more substantial than Einaudi or Tiersen), or movie soundtracks?

If a pianist who primarily focused on classical music deviated slightly, and played simpler minimalist music, or covers for soundtracks, would you think less of him/her? Would it matter at all? Would you be interested in all of it, or just cherry-pick what you like from the variety?


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Why wouldn't classical pianists play non-classical music for fun? They might not program it in concert, but what they get up to in the privacy of their home/studio is their business. Many will freely admit that they also listen to rock & pop music.

And some even make their own arrangements and/or record them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQsqKx6qWn8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPMy1fIKgrI
https://youtu.be/pih_W62LOVc

Star Wars by a Chopin Competition silver medal winner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9U69MR0-1E

I've heard Comptine d'un autre été played as an encore in a recital by a Van Cliburn finalist.

As for me, I like what I like (which is of course principally classical music), and will play anything if I like it. Usually by ear, for non-classical music.


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Some even make their own arrangements and sell them to other people who might enjoy some light relief. I think music is music. There is some very high quality, musically high quality I mean, pop and rock music that is extremely rewarding to work with, and there is plenty of highly mediocre "classical" music.


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Originally Posted by bennevis
Why wouldn't classical pianists play non-classical music for fun? They might not program it in concert, but what they get up to in the privacy of their home/studio is their business. Many will freely admit that they also listen to rock & pop music.

And some even make their own arrangements and/or record them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQsqKx6qWn8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPMy1fIKgrI
https://youtu.be/pih_W62LOVc

Star Wars by a Chopin Competition silver medal winner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9U69MR0-1E

I've heard Comptine d'un autre été played as an encore in a recital by a Van Cliburn finalist.

As for me, I like what I like (which is of course principally classical music), and will play anything if I like it. Usually by ear, for non-classical music.

Thank you for sharing these links!

I listen to all kinds of things, but it's just that sometimes I come across people who primarily listen to classical music, and sort of look down on other genres. I get their perspective too, though - if you're used to classical music, I understand other genres might sound "lacking" in terms of richness in chord progressions and complexity etc. (except for jazz). That's just my take on their perspective, though. Personally I love anything that moves me, and that can cover a lot of different genres.

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Some even make their own arrangements and sell them to other people who might enjoy some light relief. I think music is music. There is some very high quality, musically high quality I mean, pop and rock music that is extremely rewarding to work with, and there is plenty of highly mediocre "classical" music.

I agree with everything you said here. I'm actually working on a YouTube channel that mixes classical music with other genres, so I'm just trying to get a better understanding for how others feel about this sort of thing...

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