What % of your listening is classical music?

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What % of your listening is classical music?

Post by IcedNote » Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:50 pm

Out of all of your listening, how much is classical music? Do you listen to classical at home but rock'n'roll in the car? Do you divide your time between many different genres?

If I had to break down my total listening (home, car, walking to school, etc.), I'd go with the following:

Electronica (techno, drum'n'bass, etc.): 35%
Rock'n'roll/Metal: 30%
Hip hop: 25%
Pop/R'n'B: 4%
Classical: 4%
Jazz: 1%
Other: 1%

As you can see, although I enjoy classical music, I usually prefer to listen to something else. I just don't make time for "serious" listening...shame on me. :?

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Post by piston » Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:54 pm

Classical: 80%
Jazz: 3%
Country: 17% (when playing cribbage or other card games with my spouse or driving somewhere in her company)

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Post by Barry » Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:55 pm

I started to get interested in classical music while an undergrad. I listened to both classical and rock/pop for a while, then went back to rock/pop only for a couple years, before something just clicked for me and I crossed over almost completely to classical music. It's been that way for many years.

I probably would say I'm at 98 percent classical, with most of the rest being a mix of classic rock (mainly The Beatles, but also some early Genesis and ocassionally something else). I've got best-of collections for Elvis, the Stones, Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, The Spinners (a favorite R&B group of mine in my youth), Led Zeppelin and probably a few others. But I may listen to those things once per year or less.
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Post by Lance » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:01 pm

98% classical for yours truly. It's like fresh air, great food for the mind ... all the best things of life rolled into classical music. It's therapeutic, good for the soul (and soles!), uplifting, encouraging, inspiring, and so much more. The other two percent [2%] might be a Patsy Cline tune ("Sweet Dreams") or a Roy Orbison tune. To my way of thinking, both of these artists had "operatic" voices. I also listen to Klezmer music, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Vangelis among others. [Surprised?]
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Post by Brendan » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:06 pm

Comes and goes. At times it's 100% classical for months, at others about 60%. Rarely less than that.

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Post by Ralph » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:14 pm

Hard to put a number on it - about 85% overall (including opera). The rest: folk music, show tunes, old romantic songs, military bands, celtic tunes.

At the office it's closer to 100% classical since I either listen to my stash of CDs there or WQXR online which is all-classical.
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Post by keaggy220 » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:23 pm

97% Classical

The rest is almost everything else except hip hop and modern country...

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Post by slofstra » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:53 pm

In my den/ library/ listening room: 100% classical.
Upstairs: 95% silence, 5% piano.
At work: 80% silence, 20% classical.
In car: 60% classical, 40% Midlake, Regina Spektor, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Sprites, Shins, Belle & Sebastian, Decembrists, Ian Tyson, Jack Johnson, Architecture in Helsinki, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Cold Play, Dixie Chicks, Nickel Creek, Radio Head, Stanley Brothers, Camera Obscura, and more ...


Piston, check this one out for your next auto journey: Nickel Creek

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Post by piston » Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:27 pm

Piston, check this one out for your next auto journey: Nickel Creek
Thanks. I think I've heard them before. I can't say that I would go through the motion of learning all the different groups and styles in country music. It's a more passive exercise, in my case. But some of these younger groups have caught my attention, including the Alison Kraus group. She has a lovely sounding voice.

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Post by slofstra » Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:57 pm

piston wrote:
Piston, check this one out for your next auto journey: Nickel Creek
Thanks. I think I've heard them before. I can't say that I would go through the motion of learning all the different groups and styles in country music. It's a more passive exercise, in my case. But some of these younger groups have caught my attention, including the Alison Kraus group. She has a lovely sounding voice.
Horrors, no. Must of it is dreck. My taste leans to the authentic, non-electric stuff - Ricky Skaggs, Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers. Alison Krauss and Union Station have single handedly kept the flame alive, staying true to their bluegrass roots with a string of CDs since the early 90s (when Alison was 14 years old). Then suddenly around 2000 bluegrass leapt into the mainstream with the success of the movie, Oh Brother Where Art Thou (a humorous analog of Homer's Odyssey set in the 1930s South). Much of the music on the soundtrack is actually Union Station. Their screen alter-egos were known as the Soggy Bottom Boys, fronted by George Clooney.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:27 am

90%
10% 40s music
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Post by Scafell » Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:33 am

A very rough estimate - in house listening and in-car being very different.


Ownership: (%)
Progressive Rock 50
Classical / Opera 12
Folk / Celtic / World 12
Classic Rock 9
Singer/Songwriter 9
Psychedelic 5
60's Pop 1
Jazz 1
Other 1

At home listening: (%)
Progressive Rock 35
Classical / Opera 35
Folk / Celtic / World 10
Classic Rock 4
Singer/Songwriter 12
Psychedelic 2
60's Pop 1
Jazz 0.5
Other 0.5

In car listening: (%)
Progressive Rock 75
Classical / Opera 8
Folk / Celtic / World 5
Classic Rock 1
Singer/Songwriter 8
Psychedelic 2
60's Pop 0
Jazz 0
Other 1


All other environments - complete silence - I hate all non-natural noise when I am climbing or fell-walking.

In the house it's 99% CDs on the main Hi-Fi and 1% on internet radio. In the car it's 90% CDs and 10% radio
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Post by Ken » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:47 am

I reckon that I listen to about 90 to 95 percent classical music, but I still listen to a classic rock, some new rock, world music, and my favourite -- Kraftwerk -- from time to time.

I get my fill of 'new' music from the dreadful satellite radio station that my gym plays every morning.
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Post by DavidRoss » Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:36 am

We typically attend 20 or so performances a year, mostly classical. 3 or 4 would be jazz, occasionally we'll hear some blues or "world beat." I can't recall the last rock concert I attended--probably back in the era of The Clash and The Talking Heads.

At home I'd say 80% Classical, 15% jazz, 5% other--pretty consistent proportions, it seems. :)
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Post by val » Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:56 am

100 %

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Post by Reed » Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:20 am

Maybe 85-90% or so classical, the rest jazz or singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, June Christy, etc.

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Post by hangos » Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:01 pm

75% classical (Haydn up to Boulez and Ligeti)
24% jazz -Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis,Charlie Parker
1% rock - Hendrix! (when I need to stay awake in the car) :)

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Post by Chalkperson » Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:13 pm

95% classical, I sometimes have to put on Rock or Country at the studio, if not my guy's would Mutiny and some Jazz when my wife is in New York..

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Post by moldyoldie » Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:57 pm

These days, it's roughly half with the remainder between pop/rock/folk, jazz, and new age/world. This seems to change periodically. I rarely listen to opera and practically never to country/western.

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Post by elektra » Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:06 pm

100% and proud of it. :D :D :D :D

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Post by lmpower » Mon Oct 29, 2007 1:12 pm

I started out on popular music and graduated to classical at an early age. At present I am like Lance 98% classical. I can still enjoy superior works in most genres though.

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Post by Donaldopato » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:03 pm

Pretty much 98% with a smattering of good pop music when I find it such as the folk/rock/polka band Brave Combo.
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Post by greymouse » Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:38 pm

I used to be about 90% classical for many years, but I'm sort of taking a break recently out of fatigue. My breakdown is probably:

60% Rock/Pop/Metal
15% Classical
15% Jazz
10% Miscellaneous other stuff

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Post by some guy » Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:04 pm

I'm tempted to say 100%, if I get to decide what "classical music" includes.

But even so, I guess I wouldn't really get to 100. 98 or 99, maybe. 96. Somewhere in the nineties.

King Crimson
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Primus
Nile

Some things I like that are outside the line, even as I draw it.

Merzbow
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Smegma
Incapacitants

Some things I like that are inside the line as I draw it.

And of course, all the Yoshihide and Marclay and Crawling With Tarts and so forth, who are all inside the line as Arkiv draws it. (You have to go to Gendreau to find Crawling With Tarts, by the way.)

((Oops. No Marclay on the Arkiv site. Slackers!! No Marchetti, either, no Lionel or Walter, anyway. So put Oswald in instead. Yoshihide but no Marclay. Very odd.))
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Post by scherzo » Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:42 pm

I listen to about 40% classical, 25% jazz, and the rest is rock and experimental music.

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Post by Wallingford » Tue Oct 30, 2007 12:54 am

Can't come up with a percerntage.....the last 2-3 months it's been strictly classical, though I have a by-now-extensive collection of greatest-hits anthologies by the major pop & crossover artists from the 50s to the early 80s. And an all-classical menu's been a strain for me lately.

However, being a lonely bachelor, I usually must put on a healthy supply of THE BABES:

That is--Patti Page, Petula Clark, Karen Carpenter, Anne Murray, Alice Faye, Doris Day, Dinah Shore, Linda Ronstadt (pre-"Pirates"), Olivia Newton-John (pre-"Grease"), Teresa Brewer, Claudine Longet, Lucille Starr, Vikki Carr, Sheena Easton, Cristy Lane.........occasionally I like to mix in some Kirsten Flagstad (she's my "honorary babe"!).
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Post by taisiawshan » Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:47 am

Pop music 80%
Classical music 20%

Still find difficulty in concentrating when listening to classical music.
So, normally I listen to music when I want to relax, & classical music is too serious & intense.

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Post by walboi » Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:30 am

100%

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Post by Jack Kelso » Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:55 am

100% baroque, classical, romantic, modern, etc.....unless you might consider composers like Albert Ketelbey, Richard Rodgers, Eric Coates and Leroy Anderson as "non-classical" (I don't).

Otherwise, except for an occasional beer at a festival where good ol' umpah music might be played as a nifty background, I have no time for rap, rock, pop, country or even jazz.

The weeks are too short to listen to stuff I don't enjoy---just so I can claim to be "democratic". 8)

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Post by absinthe » Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:19 am

An answer is impossible because of classification.

I listen to the more obscure pop (a contradiction in terms?)
Punk because of its huge energy; Indie; the larger scale 65-75 progressive works where musicianship counted; Alison Krauss and early Joni Mitchell (first two albums) because I swoon easily to beautiful voices.

I divide 'classical' into five chunks: renaissance ->general -> symbolist -> 20th century traditional -> contemporary and listen to an even amount except 'general.

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Post by Jack Kelso » Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:44 am

absinthe wrote:An answer is impossible because of classification.

I listen to the more obscure pop (a contradiction in terms?)
Punk because of its huge energy; Indie; the larger scale 65-75 progressive works where musicianship counted; Alison Krauss and early Joni Mitchell (first two albums) because I swoon easily to beautiful voices.

I divide 'classical' into five chunks: renaissance ->general -> symbolist -> 20th century traditional -> contemporary and listen to an even amount except 'general.

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When one considers all the categories of "popular music" listed in stores and online, there are many, many more categories of "classical music" over a far, far greater time-span, e.g.:

Baroque and classical opera, concerti, symphonies, ballet, Romantic opera, music drama, chamber music, art songs, 12-tone, program music, masses, cantatas, secular choral music, solo organ, oratorios, symphonic film music, opera comiquè, violin sonatas, solo piano music, serenades (for strings), Elizabethan songs and dances, opera buffa, instrumental music of the Renaissance, wind concerti, suites, motets, sarabandes and minuets and many other forms of which many lovers of popular culture are not aware.

Each had its time historically or geographically, just as "rock 'n roll" and other popular forms had their own heyday.

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Post by BC » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:15 pm

In the past nine months or so 95 per cent or more classical.

In the past several years prior to that, no more than 2 to 3% classical, although there have been previous periods in my life where I have listened to a much higher percentage of classical.

Over the past 10 years, most of my listening has been jazz (mainly modern), hip-hop and electronica with a smattering of rock and pop. Also some jazz influenced vocalists.

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Post by Gurn Blanston » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:51 pm

I reckon it is:

60% Classical
20% Baroque
20% Romantic

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Post by SONNET CLV » Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:44 pm

Ah ... me?

Aside from any professional listening ... or listening in the car with my beloved wife (whose taste in music -- 50's/60's r&r -- I married, too), I am almost exclusively a classical guy -- as a glimpse at my record/CD collection will reveal. At least 80%, if you want a percent (with my tastes favoring symphonies and string quartets, pre-Bach to contemporary). The other 20% would be broken into 18% jazz (from 50s Miles/Coltrane to contemporary ECM artists and especially guitar players -- Earl Klugh's "Naked Guitar" album sat in my CD player for weeks when I first got the thing! And I even have Thomas Quasthoff's "The Jazz Album") with my single favorite jazz piece being Joe Henderson's "Canyon Lady". The other 2% is strange mood stuff -- from punk rock (of which I actually have a wonderful collection -- I used to collect punk albums with teeth on the covers -- and which includes punk from Europe as well as the good ol' USA) to the Beatles, Chicago, Janis Ian, Andes Indian flute music to Habib Koite, Frank Sinatra, Industrial bands, Enya, etc. Since I do listen to a lot of music, that 2% covers a lot of miles.

My radio stations of choice are always classical oriented, too.

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