Your reflections about dissonance in music
I just noticed a few people picked Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra" as one of their favorites, and i concur on this choice a truly beautiful work.
Reflecting on that work made me think back to the first time i heard it, it was at a time when contempory classical music was totally new to my ears, so all the major master pieces were introduced to me all at once.
The Schoenberg school, the different stages of Stravinski, Hindemith all at the same time. What seems strange to me now is that i can still remember thinking that the more neo-classical stuff, like Prokovief's, Romeo+ Juliet, Shostakovich's 7th symphony were atonal !!!
My ear totally freaked out when i first heard Schoenberg so i couldnt even distinguish between even lesser levels of dissonance,the more radical stuff was so far away from my ear that it made no difference at all, because even the less radical was beyond me at that time.
Off course now Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra seems almost popular the language has totally entered my Unconscious so to speak. What are your reflections on how your ear and musical experience developed?