Classical music

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Oct 26, 2013 6:07:36 PM

I have a feeling of the kind of classical music you're interested in. Although I have had heavy exposure to all sorts of classical music in the past, I never possessed the ability to fully appreciate it. Most of the classical I grown to love is categorized as "experimental". Mostly was introduced to it by a partial score hidden in an old Sci-Fi or Horror film or from listening to a lot of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Some of my favorites:

Igor Stravinsky- Rite of Spring
Richard Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries
Gustav Hoist- The Planets

Even though Frank Zappa is an acquired taste, ever since I first started listening to him, I was hooked once I noticed little snippets of these other composers in his music. I take comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one who appreciates experimental classical music.

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Oct 27, 2013 6:36:46 PM

David Dave
Great! I forgot to mention, it's western classical music. Need any music recommendations?

How about something from a composer I may not have ever heard of. I have listened to almost all the well known composers and musical scores but look for something different. So many existed through the times of Mozart, Bache, and Beethoven, even now, most of the smaller composers were over looked or completely washed over.
-Any Suggestions?

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Oct 28, 2013 12:54:51 PM

I enjoy baroque music the most. Some favorite composers are Corelli, Telemann, Haydn, and Locatelli. Emusic and eclassical are good sources, also TuneIn radio if you don't want to buy.

Oct 28, 2013 10:02:39 PM

My favorites are primarily the ones that are most-typically recognized... I suppose the best became the most popular, in general. That's nice. Gives one some level of confidence in the musical taste of the human race. Sorta. We did somehow throw Keisha and Lil' Wayne and the likes up the pop charts. (If anyone recognizes my "every generation throws a hero up the pop charts" reference, I applaud you.)

Ok, back on topic. Favorite classical... Debussy's Claire de Lune, Chopin's Fantasie Impromtu and Raindrop Prelude and most everything he wrote, anything Handel, a lot of Haydn, Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique and Moonlight Sonata and Opus 94 (...or 2... or 7.... but I think it's 4) and everything else he wrote, Mozart's Sonata in A Major and everything else he wrote (but that's the one I sit down and play most often right now), Liszt' Hungarian Rhapsody (I almost said Bohemian; love that too ;)), a lot of Bach, LOVE Grieg's Morning Mood, a lot of Schubert is fun to play.... OH! speaking of fun to play! Ramchmaninoff's Bells of Moscow! (that was the first relatively difficult piece I learned), Tchaikovsky is fun too... but I can't remember which are my favorites... Ok, I think that'll about do it for now ;) I like this topic, David!


Eep!! I can't wait for Christmas season, so I can listen to the Messiah again. I do NOT listen to Christmas music outside the season... get too tired of it. Does anyone else get misty every time they see a Hallelujah chorus flashmob vid?

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Oct 28, 2013 10:40:46 PM

@ HowDoYouAndroid.com-Hehe, glad you got that out of your system! I enjoy listening to Liszt too. I feel a little out of place here.......If this thread was about jazz I'd go on non stop :)

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Oct 28, 2013 10:50:37 PM

@Amy Lol... yeah.......... hope I didn't scare anyone there. ;)
Ok, you need to teach me about jazz! Wouldja? I don't appreciate it, and I would love to learn! Perhaps a new thread, though? Needn't spam up poor David's thread.... :)

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Oct 28, 2013 11:44:29 PM

@ HowDoYouAndroid.com- Sorry about that......I can understand how playing would give you so much love for classical. I could never even get through completely playing chopsticks..........

Ok, back on topic- I can't begin to stress how much I love Holst's The Planets! It's especially wonderful to listen to on piano.

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Oct 28, 2013 11:44:40 PM

I forgot to list earlier, I also enjoy listening to Arnold Schoenberg. Most of his scores are only used in old black and white horror films but he also composed some really good pieces :)

Verklarte Nacht op.4 is my favorite to listen to

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Oct 29, 2013 1:20:02 AM

Great choices! All of them are my favourites.
Try
1. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
2.Beethoven's 'Appassionata'
3.Beethoven's 'Waldstein'
4.Scott Joplin's Rags (all of them)
5.Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3

Oct 29, 2013 2:13:01 AM

David Dave
Great choices! All of them are my favourites.
Try
1. Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
2.Beethoven's 'Appassionata'
3.Beethoven's 'Waldstein'
4.Scott Joplin's Rags (all of them)
5.Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3

Dave I LOVE Mozart's Violin Concerto No.3 and I LOVE, LOVE Scott Joplin's work!!! I have ALL of Scott Joplin's music. I enjoy Richard Zimmerman's piano playing so much, when I discoved he also produced a complete archive of evethhing Joplin wrote, I bought it and have been listening to it for years! Learned to play Peachtree Rag when I was 10. I also get a kick out of Jelly Roll Morton's rendition of Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer too! <3

Oh Dear, I'm talking about jazz :P

I'll have to go check the Bach and Beethoven suggestions out :grin:

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Oct 29, 2013 2:04:13 PM

You know who else I love to listen to? Mumford & Sons! :-D
Figured if we're getting off-topic, I'd better help ;)
@Amy Thanks for the suggestions... I'll check them out latuh on!

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Oct 29, 2013 3:40:46 PM

HowDoYouAndroid.com
You know who else I love to listen to? Mumford & Sons! :-D
Figured if we're getting off-topic, I'd better help ;)
@Amy Thanks for the suggestions... I'll check them out latuh on!

I have to check yours out too! If you want to try out something a lot of fun and different to play, try out some of Art Tatum's work!

Oops! Jazz not **Classical**........................ok I'll start a jazz thread soon :P

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Oct 29, 2013 4:42:12 PM

David Dave
Jazz?

Sorry David, from the moment you said Scott Joplin I went on a piano roller streak..........I love ragtime, vaudeville, and old parlor music and always have............can't help myself

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Oct 30, 2013 3:09:16 AM

David Dave
Hey, that's OK. Jazz is allowed in this thread!

YEAH, I'm sooo happy!.........R U Ready??

Ok, besides being a HUGE Scott Joplin fan (wish I could have seen the actual Treemonisha opera he created but it never became a finalized thing and only the music remains of that). Love Jelly Roll Morton's "Kansas City Stomp", "I'm Alabama Bound", "Tiger Rag", all of his jazz band pieces (shoot, can't remember the name of his band off the top of my head)........scratch that..........EVERYTHING! Everything Art Tatum wrote Especially anything where he walks the piano keys, then plays with his arms crossed (always tried to play like that but could never quite get it right). ANY stride piano players (too many to think of). Ooh, Tom Waites and his "Nighthawks at the Diner" set ESPECIALLY "Big Joe and Phantom 309" and anything of his before 1975. I LOVE the Dave Brubeck Quartet ESPECIALLY "Take Five"(LOVE THAT ONE), "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "It's a Raggy Waltz", "Pick Up Sticks", "Cassandra" (crap, he has too many I like)........scratch that.........EVERYTHING! Thelonious Monk and his "Thelonious Alone in San Francisco" album and everthing else he did. The Jeff Lorber Fusion. Oh, duh! Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit", "Don't Explain", "Good Mornig Heartache", etc, etc, etc.

-My brain has come up to a blank......ok, this should be enough for now!

:O Oh No!!! I forgot to add Jack Radcliffe to the list!!!!!!!!!

-Ok, I'm done for now......... :P

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Oct 30, 2013 9:29:38 AM

I'm waaay too intimidated to contribute meaningfully here, but I wanted to add an anecdote. I always thought I knew nothing about classical music until for some reason I bought an album called something along the lines of Chilled Classics or Utopia or something. Basically it was a bunch of classical music drawn from cinema themes songs which were, of course, all classical songs. I realized that cinema had actually exposed to me to dozens of great composers and it got me a lot more interested. So, horror films may have done it for Amy, but a cheap compilation cd and movie themes did it for me!