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What's The First Piece Of Classical Music You Fell In Love With?

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Can't stop listening to.... Sibelius?

All this week at Deceptive Cadence we're telling stories about "First Loves" — that first piece of classical music you just couldn't stop listening to. Something that drove you wild with delight or struck like a bold of lightning.

Yesterday, conductor Marin Alsop told a sweet story of how, as a youngster, she discovered the power of music via Brahms at a summer music camp. And today, Tim Munro, flutist for eighth blackbird recalls his introduction to the peculiar sounds of Charles Ives.

Readers have already been telling incredible stories. One person, homeless at the time, remembers how Beethoven saved her from a tedious job and inspired her to a career in music. And Khristina Blair remembers back to the 1970s, when her dad, a choir director, brought home a new "surround sound" recording of Dvorak's 9th Symphony:

"He put the album on the turntable, turned off the living room lights, and we listened to his favorite part- the 2nd movement (Largo). The opening progression slowly grew through the room in beautiful, majestic major chords, and I held my breath, it seemed, all the way to the last movement, when that same theme returned transformed to stormy, clashing minors. (This is also the time when I began to "borrow" his baton, and he would catch me conducting in the mirror.) This piece turned out to be part of my final exam in orchestral conducting in college as worked on my degree in Music."

Now it's your turn. We'd love for you to join the conversation. Tell us your "first Loves" story in the comments section below. We'll feature some of them later this week.