How to Go About Finding Classical Music You LikeThe other day I was sent an interesting website reference in which you will find superb info on classical music. One of the sessions in special attracted my attention. A guide to help people's journey in exploring their own paths through classical music.
The following steps are, in resume, what was recommended by the website. I recommend you to explore the contents at its fullest at: www.classical.net. That's a great source!
Main steps for how to go about finding classical music you like
1. Listen to as much music as you can.
You can try checking out collections in libraries (especially in universities), listening to classical radio, attending concerts, and among many others, participating in communities... like this one! :)
2. Make note of the piece and composer.
Heard something that pleased you? Note of the title, composer, and the performer. Taking note of the type of music can also help a lot (ex: piano piece, large choral work)
3. Find a good recording.
There are several sources, like especialized periodicals, websites, communities, etc. Also, there are many great performances of a certain piece, and some of them may be very inexpensive, which does NOT necessarily mean poor quality. They can be great opportunities for experimentation without a lot of risk.
4. Find a good CD store or mail order source.
These days, we've got plenty of them both street stores and online. Also, this is a MP3 world, you can always experiment something before buying it (but then, be fair and think about the author's rights too, ok?)
5. What's next?
Now that you know you like at least one piece by given composer, you can begin to branch out to other works, composers and periods. One idea is to use the basic repertoire list available at www.classical.net.
I hope it helps. I found didactic and extremely interesting. Good listening!