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    Re: Classical music!

    I've always liked Canon in D Major, but I've also always thought the choice of instruments left a sort of muddy dissonance in the background. Missing a certain ring of clarity somehow. Never have put my finger on it.

    Anyway, from Baroque (especially the late Baroque period: Bach, Vivaldi, etc) to Late Romantic (Tchaikovski, Dvořák, etc) for me.

    I like Bach a lot, but that could be because much of his work is so easily transcribed for classical guitar -- Christopher Parkening was a great hero to me while I was playing guitar. Beethoven, of course, was brilliant as the best known of the vanguard of the transition out of the Baroque period.
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    Re: Classical music!

    Not really a big classical music fan but I like listening to the famous pieces once in a while, such as Air on G, Adagio in G Minor, Canon in D, Four Seasons etc.

    Pieces I've studied or practiced intensely hold a special place for me personally, including La Mer by Debussy and Chopin's Waltz in C# Minor.

    Over Christmas I revisited the Nutcracker suite and found myself humming waltz of the snowflakes and march. Catchy stuff.

    Oh yeah, check this out for laughs. Years ago for a music recital in high school, the person before me played something really nice like Meditation and then I come up and play a Stravinsky etude. The look on the audience's faces was hilarious.

    btw pachelbel rant

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    Re: Classical music!

    Does this count?

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    Re: Classical music!

    Mozart
    Mussorgsky
    Orff
    Antonioni
    Satie
    Debussy

    ...all rock my boat from time to time, especially Orff's 'Trionfi'.

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    Re: Classical music!

    Oh and recently also:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJEfyZSvg5c

    Hildegard von Bingen.
    Listen to it in the dark.
    It is amazing that this music has lived on since the 12th century.
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    Re: Classical music!

    Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss in western classical, I have other choices from other parts of the world as well.

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    Re: Classical music!

    Quote Originally Posted by zer010 View Post
    Hmm, nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by JDShu View Post
    LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldor View Post
    Does this count?
    Indeed, I've always wondered what would count as "modern classical" (an oxymoron, I know). I think — but I'm just guessing here — that modern classical would need:

    1. Rich and varied use of melody and harmony (so something like Da Da Da would not count).
    2. Technically skilful (again, not Da Da Da ).
    3. Rhythm depends on the music rather than on a strong background drumbeat.
    4. Entirely optional: A single theme over two or more movements, such as, say, Kitaro or Camel.

    For reason #3, I would be inclined to exclude both Ulytau's Winter (four seasons), lovely as it is, and Camel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Statia View Post
    I love those choral sounds!
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    Re: Classical music!

    Do I like classical music?

    I'm one of those way-over-the-top classical music listeners you read about. I was transfixed by Bach when I was 2 years old. I've been listening to Classical Music non-stop all my life. Went to conservatory of music and passed out of music history. Studied composition. Wrote fugues and canons. Studied piano and violin. Decided I was better at listening to music than composing or playing it.

    I was a classical music buyer for one of the defunct CD chains in the 90's.

    If you play a piece I've never heard I can usually tell you when it was written within 5 years. I can usually tell you where the composer lived and who he (or she) was influenced by. I would *love* to have Philip Wilby's talent. < --- Jealousy. He's probably someone few have heard of; but he's the go-to musician who does many reconstructions of lost and partial Mozart concertos (did them for the Phillips Complete Mozart Edition). Nobody can fake Mozart's voice and textures the way Wilby can.

    Mid to late 20th century "classical" is my kryptonite though. I don't listen to it and so I'm not as familiar with it. I find jazz, rock, blues, etc... to be the better music in the 20th and 21rst century.

    Anyway, my fav composer is and has always been JS Bach. I have a soft spot for CPE, JC, WF and Johan Ludwig Bach and many other minor baroque, rococco and classical composers, like Fasch, Dittersdorf, Zelenka, M Haydn, Schobert, etc., etc.... This is the era that I love the most.
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    Re: Classical music!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy Landau View Post
    Rich and varied use of melody and harmony (so something like Da Da Da would not count).
    But it is a classic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    … my fav composer is and has always been JS Bach.
    If you're into philosophy, you may enjoy the dated but still superb book "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas Hofstadter ("a metaphorical fugue on minds and machines in the spirit of Lewis Carroll"). Hofstadter weaved together an exploration of art and consciousness with the three artists Bach (music), Escher (drawings), and Gödel (mathematician).

    Quote Originally Posted by Statia View Post
    But it is a classic...
    LOL
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