Nice to see that there are one or two people who appreciate classical music. I like Andrew Everard's comment on John Cage.
If I was pushed to state which 20 seconds of music affected me more than anything else (amongst all the great stuff I listen to), I would say it is the last part of the third movement of Sibelius' 5th symphony in which the so-called 'Swan Hymn' tune broadens out to become the glorious, life-affirming coda that ends the work.
You can't listen to this music without feeling just a little more faith in your fellow man and his essential goodness.
I could mention many other instances from the classical repertoire.
However, I'm not a total pariah; I do like the Beatles, Rolling Stones and some of the older groups.
I'm sure I shall get some hate mail now...
-the oboe solo that presents the swan theme at the beginning of Swan Lake -poignant,haunting, heartachingly beautiful-a harbinger of the passion and drama to come
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