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Being in an orchestra for so long, I have grown VERY accostomed to many classical pieces.. And developed a long for it in general! Here are my favorite pieces...<br><br><br><br>
Dvorak - (my favorite composer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)<br><br>
"Largo" from The New World Symphony.<br><br>
"Romance"<br><br>
"Serenade E-dur"<br><br>
Movement 1 from "American Quartet"<br><br>
"Cello Concerto in Bm"<br><br><br><br>
William Henry Squire - "Tarantella" (cello solo, AMAZING!)<br><br><br><br>
Britten - "Boisterous Bouree"<br><br><br><br>
Grieg - "Prelude" to Holberg Suite<br><br><br><br>
Handel - "Overture" from The Messiah<br><br><br><br>
Smetana - "Die Moldau" from "My Country" (coolest piece ever written!)<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
What are your favorite pieces?
 

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First of all: Beethoven's Ninth - this symphony has become really special to me. I was an endless source of inspiration during my last year of high school (fortune had it that I was able to go to live performance the night before my graduation). I also recently managed to obtain a recording conducted by von Karajan <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.<br><br><br><br>
Britten - "War Requiem"<br><br><br><br>
Bach - "Passacgalia e fuga in C minor" (an enlightening experience to listen to)<br><br><br><br>
Faure - "Libera Me" and "Pie Jesu" from his requiem.<br><br><br><br>
Josquin Desprez - "Mille Regretz"<br><br><br><br>
Enescu - "Poema Romana" (I was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up in Romania)<br><br><br><br>
Mozart - "Requiem" (This was the work that re-introduced me to classical music).<br><br><br><br>
Dvorak is great too, I went to a performance of his ninth a couple of months ago. I really, really liked the beginning (though it has to be perfectly quiet in the hall for it to come to its full impact).<br><br><br><br>
PS. I'm going to listen to a Wagner opera soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">.
 

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hmmm ... well<br><br><br><br>
...one of Rachmaninoff's piano concertos (either 2 or 3 , can't remember the number and I don't wanna listen to make sure right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> ... It's got an incredibly meloncholy movement <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
.... Rachmaninoff's "Isle of the Dead" , Op. 29.<br><br><br><br>
.... Shostakovich - symphony no.11<br><br><br><br>
... Goldberg variations played by Glenn Gould (1980 version)<br><br><br><br>
... any Bach organ work<br><br><br><br>
... Beethoven's symphony no.4 ... especially the 2nd movement (I think)<br><br><br><br>
... JS Bach's Lute suites<br><br><br><br>
... Vivaldi's four seasons as played by Il Giardino Armonico<br><br><br><br>
... Samuel Barber's Adagio for strings Op.11 (either done normally or by choir which is nice too)<br><br><br><br>
... Rimsky- Korsakov - Scheherazade<br><br><br><br>
... Henryk Gorecki - Miserere<br><br><br><br>
...Edvard Grieg - Peer Gint Suite<br><br><br><br>
.... Mussorgsky - pictures at an exhibition<br><br><br><br>
.... Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ahem...<br><br><br><br>
John Williams - Star Wars music , <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
geesh there's so much ... there's still chopin and beethoven piano stuff, all sortsof Bach stuff, all sortsof Russian composer stuff, all sortsof classical guitar and lute , viol and viola de gamba stuff ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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Beethoven - Seventh Symphony Second Movement, Fifth Symphony<br><br><br><br>
Vaughn-Williams - Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis<br><br><br><br>
Orff - Carmina Burana<br><br><br><br>
Tchaikovsky - 1812, Romeo and Juliet, MARCHE SLAVE (J'adore), Cappricio Italien, Piano Concerto 1<br><br><br><br>
Stravinsky - Rite of Spring<br><br><br><br>
Faure - Pavane<br><br><br><br>
Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade<br><br><br><br>
Grieg - Peer Gynt<br><br><br><br>
Sibelius - Finlandia, Karelia Suite<br><br><br><br>
Smetana - Ma Vlast<br><br><br><br>
Mozart - Symphony no. 40, Concerto for flute and harp (great to play!)<br><br><br><br>
Saint-saens - Danse macabre<br><br><br><br>
Reinecke - concerto for flute and orchestra (also fun to play)<br><br><br><br>
Holst - The Planets, particularly Jupiter<br><br><br><br>
There are more...
 

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What instrument do you play, Falafrappy? I used to play violin for my county Orchestra.<br><br><br><br>
My favourite pieces would have to be:<br><br><br><br>
Arcana, Ameriques, Ionisation, and practically everything else - by Varese<br><br>
The Rite of Spring and The Firebird - Stravinsky<br><br>
Stimmung - Stockhausen<br><br>
Finlandia - Sibelius<br><br>
and.. to be a cliche...<br><br>
Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven
 

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I fairly recently went to a beautiful concert of Carmina Burana... it was outdoors and had an orchestra and massive choir... it was amazing, and I think people were amazed at how long it was! I think they all though it was just O Fortuna too!
 

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I love classical music, but I don't know that much about it. I didn't start liking it until I was nearly 30...<br><br><br><br>
I own some basic CDs by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart...<br><br><br><br>
Maybe some of you youngsters could educate me a bit?<br><br><br><br>
I'd be interested in anything you have to say on the subject. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I absolutely love love love Pachelbel's Canon. Most beautiful classical piece ever! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
There's other pieces I like, but that's the only one that really comes to mind right now.
 

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I would love Pachelbel's Canon, but I used to be in a string group and that was ALL they played <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">
 

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Adaggio fro strings, by samuel barber. It's quite a nice piece.<br><br><br><br>
And I have tol isten to the stirng quartet tribute to incubus!!<br><br>
And i laso like fur elise, by beethoven.
 

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mushroom, which of those three did you prefer? They are three very different styles... Bach is baroque, Mozart is classical, and Beethoven is moving into the romantic... personally I'm not a fan of baroque or most classical, but I do like medieval music and then I sort of jump to romantic...<br><br><br><br>
ET correct spelling...
 

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For anybody who is just cutting their teeth on classical, as a degreed musician, I can highly recommend "Classical Music for Dummies" from the IDG series, as well as "Opera for Dummies". There's even a "Blues for Dummies"! Each comes with a CD.<br><br><br><br>
Everybody starts somewhere with these types of music, so don't be embarrassed. The more you understand them, the more likely you are to enjoy them. I own each of these books and think they're worth their weight in gold--they're accessible, entertaining, and quite insightful--never boring!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by The_Gazumper</i><br><br><b>I would love Pachelbel's Canon, but I used to be in a string group and that was ALL they played <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"></b></div>
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Yeah! EVERYONE likes Pachabel. I've played it many, many times in quartets.<br><br><br><br>
Some of the most beautiful pieces ever are by Dvorak.. Perhaps I'm biast? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by The_Gazumper</i><br><br><b>I would love Pachelbel's Canon, but I used to be in a string group and that was ALL they played <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"></b></div>
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Been there... Playing violin pretty much killed that and Pomp & Circumstance (though that one had been overdone before I ever set bow to string).<br><br><br><br>
Most of my favorites have been put up here already:<br><br><br><br>
Smetana -- Ma Vlast<br><br>
Grieg -- *everything*<br><br>
Strauss --all, especially Eine Nacht in Venedig<br><br>
Tomás Luis de Victoria -- again all, especially the motet<br><br>
O Magnum Mysterium<br><br>
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina<br><br>
Dvorak -- I'm particularly fond of all the allegros<br><br>
Tchaikovsky -- everything's beautiful (yet again)<br><br>
Dukas -- the Sorcerer's Apprentice<br><br>
Mozart -- quite a bit of favorites here, especially the operas and<br><br>
his Requiem<br><br>
Maurice Duruflé -- Ubi caritas, especialy, plus Notre Pere &<br><br>
the Requiem<br><br>
Stravinsky -- Le Sacre du Printemps<br><br>
Fauré -- So many!! I *love* Pie Jesu from the Requiem, and<br><br>
Cantique de Jean Racine<br><br>
Handel -- duh<br><br>
Henry Purcell -- Funeral Sentences plus some other vocal stuff<br><br>
Chopin -- most<br><br>
Liszt -- Hungarian Rhapsody, of course, plus many others<br><br>
Brahms<br><br>
Beethoven<br><br>
Bach<br><br>
P.D.Q. Bach -- oft overlooked, but his "Gloria" is perhaps the most<br><br>
catchy ever, and his heart-wrenching opera "Hansel and Gretel<br><br>
and Ted and Alice" should not be overlooked. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> And then<br><br>
there's Eine Kleine Nichtmusik... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br><br><br>
There are more, but I really ought to go to bed. I couldn't live without classical and jazz.<br><br><br><br>
Mskedi
 
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