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Breaking Barriers

First off, I am not schooled in musicology. Just an avid listener who loves classical music.

Question for the musically literate: Over the past few years I become bored with the classical and romantic periods. Nothing in those eras excites me. I then started to feel around with Bartok, Weber, Schoenberg, etc. (20th century composers) who were leading the way with tonality and 12 tone. Then, over the past year, I started to become very interested in the late 20th century and 21st century chamber music. So much of the most recently composed music is quite challenging and keeps me on my toes. Never a dull moment. So, here is the question: given my formal music illiteracy, am I "missing the boat" on the classical and romantic eras because I don't know what to listen for? Is there more complexity than meets the ear? For example, to my ears and simple thinking Mozart is so monotonous and rhythmic. There is nothing to think about. Rather, its great for taking a nap in my opinion. Now, listening to Schoenberg or Shostky, I can get excited and into the ripsaw tunes, the darkness, the dissonance, etc. Maybe I am thinking about this too much and should just listen and enjoy.


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