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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...

Dvorak - (my favorite composer

"Largo" from The New World Symphony.


"Serenade E-dur"

Movement 1 from "American Quartet"

"Cello Concerto in Bm"

William Henry Squire - "Tarantella" (cello solo, AMAZING!)

Britten - "Boisterous Bouree"

Grieg - "Prelude" to Holberg Suite

Handel - "Overture" from The Messiah

Smetana - "Die Moldau" from "My Country" (coolest piece ever written!)

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

Britten - "War Requiem"

Bach - "Passacgalia e fuga in C minor" (an enlightening experience to listen to)

Faure - "Libera Me" and "Pie Jesu" from his requiem.

Josquin Desprez - "Mille Regretz"

Enescu - "Poema Romana" (I was pleasantly surprised when I picked it up in Romania)

Mozart - "Requiem" (This was the work that re-introduced me to classical music).

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).

PS. I'm going to listen to a Wagner opera soon

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hmmm ... well 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
... It's got an incredibly meloncholy movement

.... Rachmaninoff's "Isle of the Dead" , Op. 29.

.... Shostakovich - symphony no.11

... Goldberg variations played by Glenn Gould (1980 version)

... any Bach organ work

... Beethoven's symphony no.4 ... especially the 2nd movement (I think)

... JS Bach's Lute suites

... Vivaldi's four seasons as played by Il Giardino Armonico

... Samuel Barber's Adagio for strings Op.11 (either done normally or by choir which is nice too)

... Rimsky- Korsakov - Scheherazade

... Henryk Gorecki - Miserere

...Edvard Grieg - Peer Gint Suite

.... Mussorgsky - pictures at an exhibition

.... Mussorgsky - A Night on the Bare Mountain


John Williams - Star Wars music ,

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 ...

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Beethoven - Seventh Symphony Second Movement, Fifth Symphony

Vaughn-Williams - Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

Orff - Carmina Burana

Tchaikovsky - 1812, Romeo and Juliet, MARCHE SLAVE (J'adore), Cappricio Italien, Piano Concerto 1

Stravinsky - Rite of Spring

Faure - Pavane

Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade

Grieg - Peer Gynt

Sibelius - Finlandia, Karelia Suite

Smetana - Ma Vlast

Mozart - Symphony no. 40, Concerto for flute and harp (great to play!)

Saint-saens - Danse macabre

Reinecke - concerto for flute and orchestra (also fun to play)

Holst - The Planets, particularly Jupiter

There are more...

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What instrument do you play, Falafrappy? I used to play violin for my county Orchestra.

My favourite pieces would have to be:

Arcana, Ameriques, Ionisation, and practically everything else - by Varese

The Rite of Spring and The Firebird - Stravinsky

Stimmung - Stockhausen

Finlandia - Sibelius

and.. to be a cliche...

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...

I own some basic CDs by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart...

Maybe some of you youngsters could educate me a bit?

I'd be interested in anything you have to say on the subject.

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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...

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.

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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Originally posted by The_Gazumper

I would love Pachelbel's Canon, but I used to be in a string group and that was ALL they played
Yeah! EVERYONE likes Pachabel. I've played it many, many times in quartets.

Some of the most beautiful pieces ever are by Dvorak.. Perhaps I'm biast?

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Originally posted by The_Gazumper

I would love Pachelbel's Canon, but I used to be in a string group and that was ALL they played
Been there... Playing violin pretty much killed that and Pomp & Circumstance (though that one had been overdone before I ever set bow to string).

Most of my favorites have been put up here already:

Smetana -- Ma Vlast

Grieg -- *everything*

Strauss --all, especially Eine Nacht in Venedig

Tomás Luis de Victoria -- again all, especially the motet

O Magnum Mysterium

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Dvorak -- I'm particularly fond of all the allegros

Tchaikovsky -- everything's beautiful (yet again)

Dukas -- the Sorcerer's Apprentice

Mozart -- quite a bit of favorites here, especially the operas and

his Requiem

Maurice Duruflé -- Ubi caritas, especialy, plus Notre Pere &

the Requiem

Stravinsky -- Le Sacre du Printemps

Fauré -- So many!! I *love* Pie Jesu from the Requiem, and

Cantique de Jean Racine

Handel -- duh

Henry Purcell -- Funeral Sentences plus some other vocal stuff

Chopin -- most

Liszt -- Hungarian Rhapsody, of course, plus many others




P.D.Q. Bach -- oft overlooked, but his "Gloria" is perhaps the most

catchy ever, and his heart-wrenching opera "Hansel and Gretel

and Ted and Alice" should not be overlooked.
And then

there's Eine Kleine Nichtmusik...

There are more, but I really ought to go to bed. I couldn't live without classical and jazz.

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