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Thread #90211   Message #1709281
Posted By: Padre
03-Apr-06 - 12:46 AM
Thread Name: Classical music - what makes you listen?
Subject: RE: Classical music - what makes you listen?
I 'discovered' J. S. Bach while I was stationed in Germany - began to acquire as much of his music as I could get. I think I now have the complete keyboard music, the B Minor Mass, the St. Matthew and St. John Passions, the complete cantatas, and most of the other orchestral music. His precision and grace (in its religious as well as musical senses) is what has held my interest over those 40 years or so.

Branching out from the music of Bach, I have become entranced by 16th, 17th and 18th century English choral music - Byrd, Tallis, Purcell, Gibbons, etc.

Finally (for this message at any rate) I appreciate the English composers who collected folk tunes and used them in their music - Holst, Vaughan Williams, Grainger (I know he's Australian) etc.