Part of me feels like some of the older more educated crowd should work on a playlist or something exposing some of this art to the newer generations that half of the time don't ever have so much as a single music class in their life.
I know that when I quit art at 16 and ended up becoming a musician, I truly understood that expression "a life time is not enough for music". I started out in a theory class(my dad had a guitar he never played so I picked it up) and ended up being asked to join chorus because I picked up sight-reading so well, and at first I figured it cant hurt to practice reading music - and when I stepped in the first morning and we all warmed up - I was floored. Just never really occurred to me how a bunch of mouths in a room could create a wall of sound.
in those 2 years I was lucky enough to be exposed to all sorts of diverse and powerful music, and this experience was so profound that it completely changed how I listened to music.
something tight, small, energetic, and haunting.
something light, flowing - beauty and agony. If you make it to the first chorus of this without shedding a tear(despite 20 something women telling you not to shed a tear) then you're soulless.
rhythmic, juicy - so much you can learn about chords - part writing, counterpoint. Especially in the end it gets pretty fucking epic. And that's something that just a group of highschoolers can produce with nothing but a stage, and a respiratory system.
this piece flows like a river(this is a pun, based on the text) it was written before we even used measures(it's just a bunch of note lengths essentially stuck together)
and that's just how much emotion you can squeeze out of 1 single instrument(2 if you split by gender, 4 if you split by satb, more if you start saying mezzo soprano, contralto, ect) People's faces can make music that is rhythmically groovy, weep worthy sweeping chords and melodies, bombastic epic blasting - something that HZ with an entire French horn army couldn't reproduce XD
the above is a handful of the most iconic segment from Verdi's requiem - and it hits like a damn truck. Again, not to bash modern music - but there is an entire world that for some reason has earned a bazaar stigma, and has never been properly introduced to this generation.
ive got a briefcase of old music that my grandfather(whom ive never met) had. Shit from the 1920s, all the way back to early 1900s. There's literally "Gay hits from the 90's" in that briefcase, and it's 'hits' from the 1890's. Before recording was popular - people just picked up the music and played it at home with friends or whatever. That's how fluent the average person was with music. Imagine if instead of albums - people were just downloading sheet music, and that's how they knew what it even sounded like.
This exposure is not only keys for success, but you also have to keep in mind... nearly whomever you look up to - was either directly influenced by, or 2nd hand influenced by these pieces of music.
even this particular composer you love so much:
Who and what are your other largest musical influences?
There are too many greats to list. I am inspired by everything from Mozart to Katy Perry. Genre really doesn’t matter to me. Gustav Mahler will always have a special place in my heart, though, because when I was about ten years old I discovered his fifth symphony and something just clicked. That’s when I decided I wanted to be a composer for real."
The dude attributes listening to Mahler's 5th symphony to wanting to be a composer. He didn't grow up listening to HZ. This is why in that other thread I had made the statement that I'm convinced your taste will change over time. It largely becomes the issue of "gateway drug" - where you might have been pulled into music when you first heard xyz, but nearly all of it leads back to the mastery of the craft prior to modern technology.
TB is trying to capture the sheer impact of music that was made without volume knobs. They used a vast knowledge of comfort zones in each instrument - impeccable chord voicing, and orchestration to blow the shit out of people's ear drums. Nowadays we need 60 cello patches and 12 horn patches to play chords to sound "epic".
I hope you stumble onto some good music, and my personal "first love" when introduced to all this - was when I first heard mozarts requiem, and next thing you know I ordered scores for about 5 requiems - and had quite the obsession. The power, majesty, terror, sorrow, the weightlessness - every aspect of the natural cycle is somehow masterfully portrayed in so many ways. From Mozart's to Brahms... From Verdi to Faure... You don't need to speak the language to know what it's about... the notes and orchestration are a precise tool of empathy on staff paper. If someone asked you to describe "sadness" using words - you'd be stuck only using examples of things that could make you sad. If someone asked you to describe sadness with 2 measures and a solo instrument that doesn't even have a tongue - you could explain it perfectly.