I’m new here so I thought I’d introduce myself and hopefully start on a journey of making friends with people who like the same things I do!
I’m 32 from Essex (don’t hold that against me! I’m housetrained!). I was brought up in a musical family. Mum was a classical pianist. Dad was/is a guitar teacher. It was only natural that I would end up playing…the drums(!) in various rock bands between the ages of 16 and 30. Over the last few years, I have become a little bit cynical about rock and pop music in the way it’s constructed and presented so I have been seeking out classical music more and more for nourishment of my soul and I’ve fallen head over heels with what I’ve heard over that time. Unfortunately, the people who are in my social circles think I’m a crashing bore for liking classical music so instead of trying to filter my tastes and personality for their benefit I thought I’d try and make new friends!
I’m currently learning the piano again (my last piano lesson was when I was 10!) and I’m picking it up pretty well but still have quite a distance to go before I can give recitals and such! I’m currently learning my favourite piece of piano music, which is Debussy’s Reverie and with every bar conquered I feel confidence gradually building!
I would love to attend some concerts in future, so I will be keeping my eye on listings for pieces that I’m familiar with and like. However, I would be very interested to receive your recommendations on what to try based on what I like, especially by some lesser known composers. In no particular order, my favourite pieces of music are…
Vaughan Williams – 5th Symphony
Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Debussy – Reverie, Arabesque 1
Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring, Fanfare for the Common Man
Gustav Holst – The Planets Suite
Mahler – 5th Symphony
Barber – Adagio for Strings
Chopin – Nocturnes, Sonata 2 in B-Flat Minor
Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite
Michael Nyman – Peter Greenaway film music
Phillip Glass – Glassworks
Ravel – Pavane pour une infante defunte
There’s more that my brain can’t quite summon up right now but that’s hopefully good enough to get an idea of what you may think I’ll like.