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Posted By: autolycus
05-Apr-06 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: Classical music - what makes you listen?
Subject: RE: Classical music - what makes you listen?
Daithi (sorry for misspelling)

Contact your nearest Classical CD retailer to see if the Scarlatti is available.

You could try emailing Rob Cowan at to see if it's ever been recorded. Failing that,Westminster Central LIbrary (bound to be on the web). They specialise in collecting on music.

As for what makes me listen, where poetry has been defined as the right words in the right order, the finest music is ....(need I go on?).

I get beauty, the sense that the composer has made something solid, with every note counting, so there is no slack, that sounds full of the unanticipated and the surprising, yet the work sounds inevitable. I get flights of imagination, fresh takes on what can be done with sound that is attention-grabbing. Perhaps above all, a direct communication of feelings and of the otherwise-inexpressible in languages where 'I've heard that before' thoughts tend not to happen.
Oh, 'n' joy, beauty,expressions of exuberance,power, delicacy and all the rest. The best composers were/are deep/powerful musical thinkers/people. If you like that sort of thing.