Part of learning music is identifying priorities. We live finite lives and we won’t have the time to master everything. Beyond the essentials of technique, music is an open universe. This means you will always have to make choices about where to spend your time. To make these decisions, you need to develop a sense of what you like and what you don’t like. On the one hand, it can be very useful to master a piece of music that you really hate. It will teach you discipline like nothing else. But, in general, it’s important that you develop some idea of your “niche”. In this post, we are going to think about two trends in the recent history of western music: classicism and romanticism.
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