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Beethoven Piano Concerti #542482 01/11/04 01:58 PM
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When I went to Hawai'i, I had a weird experience. They had radio channels, so I naturally went to classical, They had some minor works and the 3rd piano concerto of beethoven. The first time I listened, I did not "feel" anything. It was just pretty music with some catchy tunes. The second time, I began to feel some foundations. The 3rd time I "understood" it. And now, I love it! Which brings me to two questions:
1) Do you have to listen to particular large-scale works more than once to "understand them and to love them? Or do you just love them after one-hearing? My belief is that there are some large-scale works that need more than one listening to be truly appreciated, right?

2) How would you rank the Beethoven concerti from 1 to 5? (1-less appreciated, 5- most loved)


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Re: Beethoven Piano Concerti #542483 01/11/04 02:59 PM
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1) Yep. It's not that unusual. It took me a couple of episodes to get into West Wing (had to learn the characters' names, backplot, etc...), but now I'm totally hooked.

2) I would rank the five Beethoven concerti as follows:

#1 - The one I'm listening to, playing, or accompanying at the moment.

The rest are in a four-way tie for #2.

"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)

Re: Beethoven Piano Concerti #542484 01/11/04 10:40 PM
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I can't get enough of the 2nd movement of the 5th...

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