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What classical music does the ATU community listen to?

Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:08 am

Are you an antiquarian? A baroque bopper? A classical gasser? Are you atonal or modernistic? Tone deaf?

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Re: What classical music does the ATU community listen to?

Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:40 am

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As everybody is only posting about film music composers here, I shall revive the "Classical" in the section title! To know whom we should discuss I'd like to know whose compositions you listen to!


LaRue

To be honest, the only classical music I ever hear, comes through the walls of my sisters room. She has just passed her Grade 8 oboe with distinction. At the moment, I get treated to Benjamin Britten's 'Six Metamorphoses after Ovid'


Cook Pass Babtridge

I wish I knew who does what. My knowledge on classical music is abysmal. It's all I listen to in the car, and I usually recognise stuff. But ask me the name of the 'song' or who composed it, and I haven't got a clue!


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I failed music last year. I got 34% in my end of year exam. Popular music constituted 10% of the exam and I got it all right. The rest of the exam was about classical music from 1650 onwards. As you can see, I didn't do too well on that part.


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[quote="LaRue"]The rest of the exam was about classical music from 1650 onwards. As you can see, I didn't do too well on that part.[/qiote]

That's almost Five O'Clock. In my day, school finished at Three-Thirty ....


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Ste wrote:
LaRue wrote:The rest of the exam was about classical music from 1650 onwards. As you can see, I didn't do too well on that part.

That's almost Five O'Clock. In my day, school finished at Three-Thirty ....
Tosser!

Funny though.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:06 am

Chapter I: Henry Purcell.

Henry Purcell wrote lots of different kinds of stuff, including operas about South American Indian Queens, but earliest of all, when he was 18, he wrote viol fantasias. He did that even though that kind of music was already out of style when he wrote it, because his teacher was a great master at composing viol fantasias.

The viol fantasias use all kinds of tricky counterpoint, like the old reviewer says here:

“The method of the Fancys was to begin with a solomn fuge, & all the parts entered with it one after another, & often in different keys, which is the best garniture of fuges, & then followed divers repeats, retorts, & reverts, of which art the audience was litle sensible, and being but labour in vain must passed upon Industry and striving to doe well ...”

True that, I am but litle sensible of the “retorts and reverts,” but I can hear how all that interweaving of lines comes out sounding wonderful. And the radical mood swings seem so romantic and un-English. I don’t think this music was matched until Beethoven’s late quartets.



Tomorrow we'll talk about Beethoven's late quartets. Also, if we ever really have to take records to a desert island, let's take the Purcell Fantasias and the Beethoven quartets (trust me, they'll last longer than that other stuff).

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:13 am

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I've been trying hard to get into Purcell and now hope that you'll be able to help me .
If I had to pick two 'desert island works' it would possibly be Hindemith's "Matis" symphony and either Bach's Goldberg variations or Scarlatti's piano sonatas.

Btw, do you know Uri Caine's "Goldberg Variations" and "Primal light"?
I usually don't listen to third stream music but these two records are simply stunning.

More info:

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wvfuxqrjldse
Primal Light

and

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:ajftxqlkldse
The Goldberg Variations


pinhedz

TinyMontgomery wrote:do you know Uri Caine's "Goldberg Variations" and "Primal light"?

That's great--reminds of Jelly Roll Morton's take on "Il Trovatore."


Bullfrog

I'm pretty wide ranging in my tastes. Recently I've been listening to quite a bit of Sibelius (his symphonies), probably because I've been travelling quite a bit to Finland for my work. Also at the top of the playlist currently: Mahler, Scriabin and Smetana.

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Re: What classical music does the ATU community listen to?

Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:15 am

Andy sez:

This is one of my favourite albums ever:



The Mondscheinsonate is about as essential as, say, 'Kind of blue' in my opinion.


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Post  pinhedz on Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:16 am

Beethoven's string quartets got longer when he got older, and he started writing them with more than 4 movements. When he got to quartet number 13 (opus 130), he wrote 6 movements. The last one was called "Grosse Fuge."

This quartet is also known as "the absolutely greatest musical work ever."

Thing is, the first 5 movements were already almost 50 minutes, and then the Grosse Fuge clocks in with another 15 minutes of dense contrapuntal stuff, and the publisher finally put his foot down and told Beethoven the public wouldn't stand for it (or sit for it).

So, Beethoven had to write a more easy-going finale, which was also 5 minutes shorter, making the total listening time under an hour. I heard one radio announcer complain that the new finale was "not the logical and inevitable conclusion to the first 5 movements building to the crowning 5th movement Cavatina," and he asked the rhetorical question "What was Beethoven thinking when he agreed to write a different final movement?"

My guess is he was thinking "If I don't do it, I don't get paid."

The Grosse Fuge is really grosse, and big, too. Besides that, it gets really crazy. It could stand by itself in a concert program, and that's what it used to do. But a few decades ago, most quartet players re-attached the Grosse Fuge to the first 5 movements, and sometimes they even play the alternate 6th movement after the Grosse Fuge as an additional movement, which makes the quartet an hour and 15 minutes long.

The Grosse Fuge might be the greatest movement of the greatest composition, but the 5th movement Cavatina that comes right before it is an old favorite of mine:



You know that desert island where you can only have 5 records? Suppose you can have 10,000 records. I predict that within a year you'll be sick of most of them, and will be smashing them on the rocks just for something to do.

But you'll have saved these:

Beethoven quartet in E flat major, op. 127

Beethoven quartet in B flat major, op. 130

Beethoven quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131

Beethoven quartet in A minor, op. 132

Beethoven quartet in F major, op. 135

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Post  sil on Thu May 12, 2011 11:15 pm

I don't usually listen to classical music but now I'm listening to Gustav Mahler's symphony no5 and I'm liking it.

I'm trying to know what kind of classical music I would like. Maybe late romanticism?
I don't want to reduce it to just one period but for example if I listen to Mozart I get this (stupid) feeling that it's too much of another era and although I can enjoy it there's something too far from the "artistic form" I best get "inspired" through.

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Post  pinhedz on Fri May 13, 2011 12:03 am

I used to like Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) best because the music sounded like it was from such a far distant time. geek

I don't know if any classical music sounds like it's from our time--even atonal music sounds dated (1930s-1950s) nowadays.

Maybe noise music is of our time.

But if you like Mahler, I think you probably would like Richard Strauss and Eric Korngold.

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Post  pinhedz on Fri May 13, 2011 12:28 am

Here's a bunch of post-Mozart-classical-romantic and late-romantic-early-20th-century stuff from the "must-owns" thread:

Rossini -- Overtures
Berlioz -- Symphonie Fantastique
Liszt -- Hungarian Rhapsodies #1 and #2
Dvorak -- New World symphony
Wagner -- overtures and prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
Tchaikovsky -- Capriccio Italiene, violin concerto and symphonies #4, #5, and #6
Rimsky-Korsakov -- Sheherazade and Capriccio Espagnole
Richard Strauss -- So Sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenlieben, Metamorphosen and 4 last songs
Mahler -- "Resurrection" Symphony
Stravinsky -- The Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Petroushka
Schoenberg -- Verklarte Nacht
Ernst Bloch -- Schelomo
Georges Enescu -- Rumanian Rhapsody #1
Gershwin -- centennial collection (2 CD set--really great)
Khatchaturian -- Gayane Suite, piano concerto
Prokofiev -- Classical symphonie and Suite from "Love for 3 Oranges"
Shostakovich -- Symphony #5

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Post  sil on Fri May 13, 2011 2:16 am

Thank you very much, Pinhedz Smile
I'm gonna check that list (I didn't see the must owns thread).
I think in the past I listened to the symphonie Fantastique and the new world symphony, but I don't remember what they sounded like.

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Post  Doc Watson on Fri May 13, 2011 2:23 pm

I like "The 1812 Overture "

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Post  blue moon on Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:29 pm

I don't listen to much.
I especially like this, though.


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Post  senorita on Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:52 pm

What's the frequency Kenneth?


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Post  senorita on Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:22 pm

What's the frequency Kenneth?


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Post  Nah Ville Sky Chick on Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:22 am

I am currently obsessed with Joseph Lanner   

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Post  Doc Watson on Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:19 pm

Nah Ville Sky Chick wrote:I am currently obsessed with Joseph Lanner   
What instrument does he play?

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:15 am

Half-size fiddle from the looks of it. Razz 


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Post  felix on Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:28 pm

Or is he just a real big chap?  Small fiddle?  Big chap?  How to decide?


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Re: What classical music does the ATU community listen to?

Post  pinhedz on Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:59 am

I think when Lanner plays we really need a dance floor.  

This is a very strange orchestra configuration (Cellos in front? Shocked ). Maybe it's because he was all about the bowed strings:


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Post  Doc Watson on Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:58 am

as long as it sounds good, does it matter?

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jan 26, 2014 12:46 pm

One would think it should not matter.

But I've been thinking about visual presentation since Blue Moon said sailors won't eat sea food.


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