Ok no problem I didn't mean to offend you and I apologize if I did.
You didn't offend me at all, no need to apologize.
For me music is much more than enjoyment, it is literally my life and soul that I have devoted many years of intense study to so I tend to try to proselytize my love of the great classical composers and their great works.
Yes, well that is where we differ. I tend to restrict my proselytizing to my Christian ministry, though I do sometimes try to encourage folks to broaden their musical horizons.
Since this is a classical forum the fact that you like a wide range of non-classical musical genres doesn't make an impression on me. I'm mostly interested in classical repertoire.
Although this is a classical guitar forum, non-classical pieces are discussed all the time. Guitar arrangements of Vincent, Ashokan Farewell, and countless other non-classical pieces have been the subject of various threads here. I find your lack of interest in them as puzzling as you find my lack of appreciation for Stravinsky.
So when I hear you say that you don't like not even a single piece by Stravinsky, not even the gorgeous, beautiful, and accessible Firebird ballet it literally causes me great pain that you feel that way and I'm trying to maybe convince you to give Stravinsky another chance, that you're missing out on one of the greatest musical experiences ever penned by a composer.
You're extrapolating too far. I haven't listened to much Stravinsky, so there may be a piece or two that I would like if I had the time to audition them all. What I can say is that what I've heard of Stravinsky I didn't like, and this makes me disinclined to dedicate much time to his compositions when there are countless other compositions by composers whose work I do enjoy that I have yet to hear, which stand a much better chance of causing me to experience enjoyment. People tell me that there's good Rap and Hip Hop out there, too, but I'm not about to spend what precious time I have left in this world listening to obnoxious noise because there may be one or two scattered roses growing on the dunghill. Once you reach the latter part of your life, it becomes important to be selective and focus on those areas that have the greatest potential to provide enjoyment and meaning.
You see I really don't like when I hear people dismiss a great piece of music or a great composer entirely without giving any reason at all, it's not enough to say everyone's taste is different, I believe a person should be able to articulate clearly why they don't like a piece of music.
Really? So if a person doesn't like white cars, she should be able to carefully articulate why? I used to work with a fellow who once told me that he didn't care for music of any kind at all. He said that he can take it or leave it. Should he be required to articulate why music doesn't impact him the way it does most others, or should we just accept that people have a smorgasbord of likes, dislikes, and indifferences, and leave it at that?
On a specialty classical music forum like this one I would assume that you're going to interact with all sorts of musicians of various levels from novice to advanced, amateur to professional and that some people like myself are not going to let a remark like not liking Stravinsky with no reason given to go by without inquiring why.
Well, they can inquire, but the why is simply that I don't like the music of Stravinsky that I've heard, and I have too little free time to search for potential exceptions.
I see that you're set in your ways and have no desire to change so I won't saying anything directly to you anymore, just wanted to let you know that saying you don't like not even a single piece or section of a piece by Stravinsky yet liking Villa-Lobos' music (who clearly is influenced by Stravinsky) will be met with pushback by Stravinsky lovers such as myself.
Wow! I don't like Stravinsky so you won't interact with me anymore? That's a remarkably perplexing reaction.