Classical Composers: Where to Start?

October 29, 2014

Classical Music Self Defense

I frequently get asked, by people new to classical music, where to begin. I usually suggest sampling a composer or two and see what you think. Ok, which composers? The safest way to ease yourself into listening to classical music is probably by listening to film scores. They are passionate, dramatic and they like to tell stories. Most of us get stories. Here are just a few possibilities:

John Williams (Jaws, Harry Potter, Star Wars)

Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly; The Mission)

James Horner (The Amazing Spider Man, Avatar, Troy)

Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Crimson Tide)

Jerry Goldsmith (Star Trek, The Mummy, The 13th Warrior)

These are just a few to get you started. Once you feel good about these, then you might want to expand your repertoire. Romantic era composers are a good next step. Some of them might be a…

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