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Tchaikovsky was the first classical composer I really liked. Back when most of what I listened to was head banger rock and roll (I initially rejected all country music) I also had a collection of Tchaikovsky. The album shops in Urbana used to laugh at my album selections when I would arrive at the counter with one copy of Led Zepplin, the song remains the same and one copy of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.

I discovered Mussorgsky because of the Emerson, Lake and Palmer Pictures at an Exhibition album. Once I got a recording of the symphony version, I don't think I ever listened to the ELP version again. Risky-Korsakov's Scheherazade has to be one of my favorite pieces of all time. I still get goose bumps and emotional whenever I hear the end of that. If I could make a violin sound like that, I don't think I would ever do anything again but play. I have also heard Stravinsky and Ravel compositions that I liked a lot, although I can't think of anything specific other than Bolero.

But this probably exhausts my classical music knowledge and probably reveals me to be an ignorant heathen of classical music. Thanks again for the link and for the tips. I don't spend much time seriously listening to any music anymore. There was a time when I would devote time every day to listening. I still own over 500 albums from that period in my life. But I just don't do that anymore. I hear what I hear on the radio while I drive. Several years ago NessieSpouse and I started dancing and going out several times per week to hear live music and dance. Because we live in Phoenix, that meant country music. There were a few rock bars, but they included live music only on weekends while we could find a selection of country western live shows every night of the week. So now I am equally likely to have my car radio tuned to a country, rock or classical channel. I still don't get rap. I like some jazz, but do not get absorbed in a lot of it.
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