The term classical music originates from the Latin term classicus, which means person of the highest class. After being recognized in France, Germany, and America it took on another definition meaning formal and high of dignity. Classical music is commonly played with instruments, though in opera and other pieces there are singers too.
- Understand that not all classical music is the same. Some pieces are very fast and harsh, while others are very graceful, slow and light. Some music is done with a voice, some with string instruments, and some with woodwind and brass. Knowing what kind you like to listen to will make it a whole lot easier to listen as well.
Find out more about it, such as who it was composed by, whether it’s been in any shows, and which instrument has the melody.
Be willing to listen. You need to give it a chance to learn to like it. Listen to the notes, patterns, and small details. Notice what each insturment brings to the piece.
Try going to a live orchestral concert, choral concert, chamber concert, or band concert. Try to pick out the sounds of individual sections like the strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion. Discerning these components of the music can increase your appreciation of the piece. Then pick out individual instrument and see if you can hear the part they play.
Many churches, such as the Catholic church, have classical music influences in their liturgical music.
- You can also learn how to play classical music. Classical instruments include flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, oboe, and even classical guitar. Get good classical music from well-know artists to start off.
- Find a composer that you like. If you enjoy that composer, you can listen to more of his work.
- Remember that there are many classical pieces that are very famous. Some are even more famous than other kinds of music.
- Go to a “pops” concert. These are orchestral concerts, which usually feature shorter, more familiar classical pieces — and/or popular music pieces played by the full orchestra — that can ease you into more serious music.
- If you love theater, literature, or film, or just enjoy a great story, you might find that attending an opera is a great way to start appreciating classical music.
- Try not to get stuck perpetually in “pops” music: try to move on to more serious music by listening to “greatest classical hits” albums. Often such CDs will have the best, shortest pieces. If you take these preliminary steps, you will subsequently find it easier to move on to full-length works by the most famous composers.
- On the opposite, it could be very interesting to try to listen to relatively unknown composers, like Rosetti or Telemann for example, not included in the “classical music for everyone’s ears”, to develop a personal taste and opinion
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