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This morning I've been listening to Verdi's Requiem- which is what my freshman year high school marching band performed... or rather, a highly truncated version, since the full thing's an hour and a half, while a marching show is generally about 12 minutes, max.

It made me realize, though, that I have an embarrassing lack of classical music exposure. I'd recognize quite a few classical pieces if I heard them, but I probably wouldn't be able to say who composed them without some help.

So, dear readers, if a few of you would indulge me:

Pretend you've met someone who has even less exposure to classical music than I do. Perhaps they grew up in backwater BFE and only listened to 80s rock and radio country. How would you enlighten them to classical music? What composers, or specific works would you encourage them to try? Would you include any history for context?

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