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Old 03-27-14, 07:44 AM   #1
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Classical Musings

Who are your favorites?

Mendelssohn is a great way to start the morning.

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I went through a discovery phase about 30 years ago and was fascinated by classical. Now it is merely background music in the Christmas season.
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I'm partial to Vivaldi and Paganini(yes, I know they aren't exactly in the same category).
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I went through a discovery phase about 30 years ago and was fascinated by classical. Now it is merely background music in the Christmas season.
That's nice.
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I'm partial to Vivaldi and Paganini(yes, I know they aren't exactly in the same category).
It's really hard to translate such complicated sounds with a single instrument.
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I consider Beethoven the greatest composer.
Although the Mendelssohn violin concerto is one of my favorites pieces.

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It's really hard to translate such complicated sounds with a single instrument.
yes, it is. However, I prefer either a single instrument or a small group like a quartet when doing such music. I get lost when there's too much going on, such as a full symphony.
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In college, I took a very brutal Introduction to Music course. By brutal I mean that we had about 12 LPs to listen to during the quarter and we had to memorize the songs. Happily, I had a friend who had attempted the course the quarter before and I was able to make cassette copies that I listened to continuously during the quarter. Students did have the option of listening to the music in the Music Department's library.

Come finals, the needle dropped. The professor took care to choose some of the most obscure and atypical sections of the songs. Because I had been listening so consistently, I got a C+, which apparently, was one of the highest grades anyone got. The student outrage was so great that the course got pulled and the professor reprimanded. When it returned in later years, it apparently had been transformed from a tiger to a püssycat.

But there was one jewel out of the class for me, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique. It also got me listening to a wider range of music, which led to an interest in world music and my favorite music, from Ghana.

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Ravel is one of my favorites.
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yes, it is. However, I prefer either a single instrument or a small group like a quartet when doing such music. I get lost when there's too much going on, such as a full symphony.
With a symphony, hopefully all of the musicians are going the same way.

No guarantees though. The worst concert I was ever at was put on by the Riverside County Symphony. Every musician knew the notes, but I got the impression that they were all music teachers and had done all of their practice independently and had strong ideas on the timing. So while everyone was playing the notes that they should, their timing with respect to each other was slightly off. The music sounded like it had motion blur. This was consistent throughout the concert and it was painful to hear. But it made me respect the work required to play in a group like that.
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Wagner is among my favorites...

Mostly because I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
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That is a tough one.

I'm in a chamber choir that specializes in doing Baroque music, often with period instruments, so I favour much of the earlier works. But I find that I need to change it up, and we often do dip into Romantic period stuff, and occasionally modern classical composers.

My favorite is often what I am working on for the next performance. For the record, the next performance is the Faure Requiem and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs.

One of my fellow choristers is quite the avid cyclist. He has two cheap bikes, one a mountain bike for winter, and a road bike for the rest of the year. He commutes to work (20Kms) rides to rehearsals, sometimes as far as 50 kms (ride 50K, sing for 2-3 hours, ride another 50K). You'd never know to look at him, it doesn't look like he has lost a pound.
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Sunday Baroque: Sunday Baroque

And while not my cup of tea, a bit gimmicky ATMO....
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I like to play and listen to early music, from before 1700. A few of the later composers I like are Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Schubert, Beethoven and Ravell.
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With a symphony, hopefully all of the musicians are going the same way.

No guarantees though.
Did you ever hear any of the recordings Charlie Parker made with classical string players? He tried to never play the same piece the same way twice, and they tried to play the songs the same way every night. It sounded great, but was a clash of cultures.
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Did you ever hear any of the recordings Charlie Parker made with classical string players? He tried to never play the same piece the same way twice, and they tried to play the songs the same way every night. It sounded great, but was a clash of cultures.
Frank Zappa felt that if you wanted musical output that machines were better because you'd get consistency. But if you wanted creativity, human musicians were the only way to go.

I could easily see the market for being a classical musician being in serious trouble in the next while. Replace them with an array of speakers arrayed in the same formation and make amazing music.
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My favorite piece.
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It sounded great, but was a clash of cultures.
For a beautifully natural blend of genres and cultures there's Yehudi Menuhin and Ravi Shankar

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Acousmatic music, like that of Parmegiani, dates back to the creativity of musique concrete in the 1940’s

Bernard Parmegiani

and then there is Edgar Varese (Frank Zappa on Varese)

two of my favorite composers

Andre Jolivet

Claude Debussy

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With a symphony, hopefully all of the musicians are going the same way.

No guarantees though. The worst concert I was ever at was put on by the Riverside County Symphony. Every musician knew the notes, but I got the impression that they were all music teachers and had done all of their practice independently and had strong ideas on the timing. So while everyone was playing the notes that they should, their timing with respect to each other was slightly off. The music sounded like it had motion blur. This was consistent throughout the concert and it was painful to hear. But it made me respect the work required to play in a group like that.
I perform 5-6 times a year, and we hire professional players as our smaller orchestras, but we have also been paid to sing for community orchestras.

A good group listens to each other and follows the conductor. In our case, the conductor is often playing the harpsichord, so we have to watch his head movements, and pay close attention to each other. It is a learned skill, but a vital one. A good conductor can play with the timing just like a soloist can.
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Il pleure dans mon coeur

A song by Billy Cowie - words by poet Paul Verlaine. Sung by Lucie and Cathryn Robson. From the album "La Chanson Bien Douce".



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Il pleure dans mon coeur

A song by Billy Cowie - words by poet Paul Verlaine. Sung by Lucie and Cathryn Robson. From the album "La Chanson Bien Douce".



Magnifique interpretation musicale d'un merveilleux poeme de Verlaine

O bruit doux de la pluie

Par terre et sur les toits! 

Pour un coeur qui s’ennuie, 

O le chant de la pluie!
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@clemsongirl :

Il pleure sans raison
Dans ce coeur qui s'écoeure.
Quoi ! nulle trahison ?...
Ce deuil est sans raison.
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To be honest, I first heard this at age 3 and this album warped me musically, for life.

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Philip Glass and the sax, anybody?

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