Tchaikovsky is an interesting phenomena. When people first start listening to classical music, often Tchaikovsky is one of the first composers they enjoy. Then, as they evolve, they often learn to look down on him. If they evolve further, they often learn to appreciate him again.As have I. Right now I'm listening to Toscanini conducting Tchaikovski's Romeo and Juliet Overture with the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1946).
I mainly looked at classical music as a source to understand how music is written/structured. Not so much for "enjoyment" type reasons. Though some stuff I thought was (subjectively) decent music to listen to on its own, such as Bach and some Vivaldi.Holy smokes! You have a LOT to discover.
Since you mentioned Paganini earlier, does that mean you've already done the Eliot Fisk thing and mastered his 24 caprices (for violin) on the guitar?For example, years ago I attempted to transcribe Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor on a guitar. It was doable, in spite of the non-trivial note patterns on the guitar fretboard.
When I finally tried the same note patterns on a piano, it became more obvious it appeared to be written on a piano (and not a stringed instrument).
The Caprice is what I started off with. I still haven't been able to master it, either on an electric or acoustic guitar.Since you mentioned Paganini earlier, does that mean you've already done the Eliot Fisk thing and mastered his 24 caprices (for violin) on the guitar?