Get deeper, Ian. There is much to discover.
I love it when you talk like that!
Ian, where you've got a few folks aerated is in your generalisation of classical music as soothing. The better you get to know it, the more you'll find that's anything but soothing. It's rather like the old misconception that Mozart is all frilly bits and gaiety. These days most people accept that his works contain some of the most harrowing, emotional passages in all music.
It's partly a matter of context. Rock generally starts loud and intense and gets more so. In classical music a change of key can signify as much as 110 decibels of angst and amplification in rock. For most of us who came from rock to classical it was a case of training your ear to classical music's nuances. And read some of the great analytical texts on works and composers. You'll be amazed at what's going on under the surface.
I think, perhaps, that maybe what Ian was trying to say is more along the lines of "Muzak and a lot of pop music can be very [fill in the blank] jarring/irritating/drive you crazy, etc." versus that he only wants to listen "calming-type" pieces of music? :-) And pieces like the "1812 Overture" and the "William Tell Overture" aren't exactly the quietest pieces of music and I wouldn't particularly describe as calming; however, depending upon my mood, they could be good stress relievers or something to put me in a good mood? Perhaps a different way of saying what you did is that it puts you in a good mood at the end of a long day?
Anyway, Ian, from the list of the pieces of music and composers that you mentioned, I commend you on your explorations!
At the end of the day, silence is the best answer. But are we already there?
I wish you were.
I wish we were there.
But...there might be no end of the day...
For you, there is.
Don't be so certain, unless there is for you as well (or maybe for all of us).
Just to upset some people further I will throw in a googly. I find most Classical Music more spiritually uplifting than most of todays pop music.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach.
Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter.
LOL...Good for you! And whatever works for you... :-)
I agree that classical music can elevate the spirits, including a sense of the numinous. it can do this in a whole range of ways annd a huge range of composers can do this.
Hi Petra. I think I know you elsewhere!
I'm fully with you, Ian. Actually, I find Classical Music more spiritually uplifting than any song of pop music.
There has been a huge discussion on this matter on different threads recently. I hope we won't ignite another one. It ends up always on sour exchanges and bitter personal attacks.
Yes Ian, agreed. And welcome to the forum!
And yes, I agree with you on both accounts! ;-)
Some classical music is more spiritually uplifting than others wouldn't you say?
Perhaps posters would tell us what they find particularly spiritually uplifting.
Since I am listening to Bruckner a lot recently and have a number of other CDs on the way I can state, without equivocation, that I find that he always lifts the spirits.
Having said that I do like Bruckner performed in certain ways.
Ditto on both counts.
Even the poveri Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti with their meagre compositions can uplift the spirits and inspire the music lover to indulge further in the wealth of Classical Music.
So can do the modest Galupi, the laborious Pleyels (father and son) or the almost unknown Czerny. And so many more, from 14th century and onwards.