Hello there gentlemen,
Throughout humanities courses, living with a priest this summer, and my own searching over the past few years, I've developed a sincere desire to explore classical music more deeply.
I think classical music is important for men to understand. I appreciate the nuance, the depth, and the "epic-ness" of classical music. My understanding is that classic means that whether you like it or not, it's around, and you have to know something about it.
It feels pretty good to hear one of those classical tunes playing in the background that everyone has heard, but you're the only one who can name it (ex. Vivaldi's Spring http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSw7CcAXPWk
). Part of the fun of getting into classical music is hearing the other 30 minutes or so of Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra that wasn't played in 2001 A Space Odyssey ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mmuNxYLxTs
). Listening to all the all the movements in a symphony is a spiritual stretching experience. By that I mean, these composers take their audiences through a wide spectrum of thoughts and feelings, which is something we don't get in media today. I always walk away from a piece with a wider vision and a clearer head.
Some of this music has been around centuries, so while you're listening to it, you know you're experiencing something that countless gentlemen have enjoyed throughout history. Don't you want to participate in something like that?
So I want to ask you who are some of your favorite (manly) composers and how did you get into them?