I think that Western music *
could be more accurately divided into four categories: classical, folk, popular and OST (film, TV and video game score). OST music sometimes gets lumped in with popular or classical music, but it has elements of both and isn't really either.
I'll admit, I'm not a huge classical listener, and my experience of the tradition is mostly limited to the Classical period through to the present day. With the exception of Vivaldi, who I like, the older stuff sounds pretty samey to my ears, although I've no doubt I'd like it more if I were more accustomed to it.
Favourite composers in or related to the tradition: Mozart, Saint-SaŽns, Beethoven, Cage, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Glass, Ligeti, Grieg, Adams, Mussorgsky, Satie, Chopin, Emilie Autumn, Roger Waters (last two probably don't count but whatever, they are
in the tradition).
edited 5th Nov '10 11:22:25 PM by BobbyG