I like classical music. I guess Bach and Beethoven are my favorites right now. But I am not very educated in it, so I am only familiar with the most famous composers and works. I have been trying to study more about it.www.naxos.com/cme
cme = Classical Musical Experience
. It is an online site that has short essays on famous composers with excerpts of their famous works embedded. Or as the site puts it "...largely a discussion of a beginning basic repertoire (those compositions most often heard at orchestral or chamber music concerts) with excerpts of each online." It is a relaxing way to spend an evening...working one's way down the composers and listening to the music.How to Listen to and Understand Great Music
, 3rd Edition
(48 lectures, 45 minutes/lecture)
"With Professor Greenberg as your teacher, you will hear and understand an entire language of unmatched beauty, genius, and power."http://www.teach12.com/ttcx/CourseDescLong2.aspx?cid=700Understanding the Fundamentals of Music
(16 lectures, 45 minutes/lecture)
"...what if we did understand how certain musical effects were achieved? What if we could learn to follow the often-intimidating language of key signatures, pitch, mode, melody, meter, and other parts of musical structure used by composers? What if we could recognize these various components at work as we listened to our favorite music? What if we could "speak" the language of Western music? ...
In this course, Professor Greenberg offers a spirited introduction to this magnificent language—nimbly avoiding what for many of us has long been the principal roadblock, the need to read music. "http://www.teach12.com/ttcx/CourseDescLong2.aspx?cid=7261
...and this book...
"In this book, he gives you a set of tools you can use when listening to any piece of music in order to hear its "plot"—its story told in notes. He helps you listen to music from the inside out, from the composer's point of view, so that you'll follow the composer's musical thoughts, whether the piece is by Bach, Schumann, Stravinsky, or Gershwin.
Kapilow starts right where the listener does—at the beginning. The book is structured like a piece of music, with topics organized as they would naturally arise in a composition—progressing from idea, to phrase, to section, to movement, to form. Whether you are an experienced concertgoer or a newcomer to classical music, the listening principles Kapilow shares will help you "get" the music you hear in an exciting, fresh new way. "http://www.amazon.com/All-You-Have-Do-Listen/dp/0470385448/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228943294&sr=8-1
And it has download examples of the music discussed in the book, with a really neat player that shows the score scrolling by as you hear the music.