Elitist Circle Jerk
Elitist Circle Jerk
Last edited by ProFail; 08-02-08 at 11:12 PM.
Ok, I'll shoot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz5TV8LWbro -> Favoritest rendition of Erlkonig EVER. Jessye Norman is teh Godess
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqBW_...eature=related -> Ear breaking, badass Queen of the Night aria
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ZxUF5xoKk-> David Oistrakh playing Tzigane.
can't do youtube but I can tell what I like.
Rosinni's William Tell Overture
Dvorak's New world Symphony (favorite)
Beethoven (sp) almost all except most of his piano stuff
Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee
Wagner's crazy stuff
Yeah, Classical and the Romantic eras are my favorite.
Oh Gregorian Chants are way cool.
One of my personal favorites is The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.
Something more recent that I've discovered is The Moldau by Smetana
doing this from my iPod: brief.
four seasons. Oldie but goodie
Beethoven's Emperor piano concerto.
Pachelbel's Canon in D (everyone's favourite, especially at weddings)
Ravel's Bolero (the full-length version rather than the short one made famous by Torvill and Dean's ice performance)
Bach's Brandenberg Concertos (lively and interesting)
Many baroque pieces, and anything with the harpsichord.
The BBC in England used to specialise in the 1960s and 1970s especially in taking nice classical pieces and using them as themes for epic TV series.
Unfortunately, viewers rarely knew what the music was, even though the pieces became among the most recognisable of the year/decade.
The BBC people responsible for the selections had a really good knack of matching the music mood with the mood of the TV program.
Dream. Dare. Do.
I think it's sad that enjoying classical music is seen as an elitist thing to do. It reinforces the idea of classical music as a dry historical curiosity, and sucks all the beauty and fun out of it.
I do have to say that I think the overplaying of certain classical "favourites" can make people think classical music only means things like Pachebel's Canon (I don't have much patience for it any more). Of course, the same could be said of a lot of contemporary popular music. Like a lot of overplayed music, Pachebel's Canon isn't bad, it's just not all that interesting after a while.
One of the things I miss about CBC radio in Canada was that it presented a wide range of classical music in a non-pretentious and accessible way.
Anyway, given that the generic term "classical music" is popularly used to refer to almost any kind of Western European music written between 1400 and 1950, it's hard for me to pick favourites. Right now I'm listening to Gregorio Allegri's Miserere Mei for 9 voices. It's perfect for a quiet Sunday night.
Check out John Cage's 4' 33". The iPod safety nannies will love that one.
Also, Adagio for Strings by Barber and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein. Both simply outstanding!
btw, you need to be patient with the Barber but the rewards are tremendous.
Have to be a bit patient with the John Cage, too
Vivaldi is my favorite composer, easily. Four seasons is fantastic. I am particularly fond of Winter and Summer.
Bach's Prelude is good.
I also like Boccherini, he's slept on a bit.
One of my favorite just 'chill out' songs is Corelli's Adagio from Concerto Grosso
I used to play the violin but stopped too soon to make it worthwhile.
I enjoy: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1, Brahms, Strauss and Bolero.
If Juliana Athayde is rocking face on Violin, then it's even better.
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Liszt's transcendental etudes are fantastic. no. 4, "Mazeppa" is insanity especially (although most are anyway).
be sure to check out the section at 3:40 if nothing else.
In related videos the rest are all there.
Another great piece, whether on the piano, orchestrated, or electronic is Mussorgski's (sp) Pictures at an Exhibition. I prefer orchestrated.
I first heard it by Tomita, then classical, then Emerson, Lake & Palmer, then piano.
One of my favorite American pieces is Aaron Copland's Fanfare to the Common Man.
I would also add another vote for the Brandenburg Concertos mentioned above.
There are other favorites, but that is enough for now...
Last edited by Little Darwin; 08-03-08 at 09:46 AM.
So many rocking tunes:
...as well as almost all the ones listed above.
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And I do like what I have heard of Rodeo too... But with the usage in commercials over the last few years, I have to admit that I always get a hunger for beef at certain points.