Classical Music

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  1. river

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    Anybody get into Classical Music ? Not breaking it down.

    Just listening to it?

    I tired of the pop and the " old songs ".

    Anybody agrée?

    Just New to this form of music. I like it.
     
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  3. origin In a democracy you deserve the leaders you elect. Valued Senior Member

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    I was never a fan of classical music until I saw 2001 A Space Odyssey. I have been a sucker for Strauss ever since. That led me into lots of other classical music.
     
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  5. river

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    Interesting because Strauss , the music to 2001 was just played by FM 102.9 just now. In Ontario, Canada. Just saying.

    Anyway .....I appreciate this music now more than ever.

    Origin thanks for your response.

    river
     
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  7. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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  8. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    I like a bit of Classical music every now and then - especially Mozart. Probably a bit obvious but with his music I generally don't struggle to listen to it - it just sort of flows. Others, such as Beethoven, even Strauss, I feel I have to give it more concentration to enjoy it, so I need to be more in the mood for them.
     
  9. river

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    Who is the composer?

    I did listen
     
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  10. river

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    Thanks for response; Sarkus

    I will listen.
     
  11. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    Sibelius - it's mentioned in the title of the video.

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  12. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Jean Sibelius(Johan Julius Christian Sibelius).........One of my all time favorites.
    many different arrangements
    depending on mood, I like one on one day, and another on another
     
  13. river

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    Thanks sculptor

    My collection is expanded.
     
  14. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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    I have long been a fan of classical music. I favor all early period music but especially baroque and romantic period composers. Sibelius was from the romantic period and no doubt was an excellent composer. With romantic period composers, it's like they are painting a picture in real time and you can see and feel it in your head. It's amazing.

    Baroque period music and art, I admire it for its complexity and balance.





    Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor


    Bolero by Ravel





    Carmina Burana is pretty good too.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEllLECo4OM
     
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    Have you heard his "Metamorphoses"? He composed it in the last months of WWII when it was obvious that Germany was going to lose the war. Like many Germans, he loved his country but was ashamed of its politics in that era. "Metamorphoses" is sort of a musical history of the country, starting with music that sounds like Germany's heyday in the 17th and 18th centuries, and moves forward through the trends of the later eras. Toward the end it becomes very somber and quiet. It ends with the orchestra holding a single note and very sloooowly reducing the volume, until you realize that the music is over but you couldn't quite say at which moment it ended.

    I saw a live performance once and it really moved me--and many others in the audience. There was no applause for several minutes until we all found our way back to 1986, and then it was deafening.

    Obviously you can't quite get the same effect on a home stereo, but with today's technology you can come pretty close. Listen with someone you love--if only because you might not want to be alone at the end.

    My great-grandparents emigrated from Germany, but they were Jewish. They lived just long enough to see the first stirrings of Nazism. I couldn't help thinking of them at the end of the concert.
     
  17. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Tastes in music is subjective and personal.
    Being a child of the sixties, I love the original rock n roll, the Elvis's, Holly's, Lewis's J O'K's etc, but as I matured I like to believe so did my tastes.
    Classical music, particularly as performed by Andre Rieu is exciting and comforting...

    My favourite singer of all time now is the beautiful and exquisite Nana Mouskouri, who although now eighty years old, is still performing.

    The likes of Pavarotti singing "Nessun Dorma" is awe inspiring, but have you hear the delectable Sara Brightman sing it?
     
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    Sibelius was one of the small but feisty community of Finnish composers. By my calendar (I was born in 1943) he's a contemporary, right in the heart of the Romantic Era. But he died in the 1950s and music has steadily been turning elsewhere.

    Nonetheless I still appreciate the Romantic Era. Ralph Vaughan Williams was a British composer who made the loveliest compositions. He wrote a short piece called "The Lark Ascending," inspired by a poem of the same name by George Meredith. It makes me feel like I'm in the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh.

    "Scheherezade," anyone?

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  19. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    re Bolero
    a few years ago, bolero had just come on the radio in the truck as I pulled up to the lumberyard. I had a quick pickup, so I just pulled up to the open doors, cranked the stereo and opened the truck's doors and windows............
    Bolero echoing through the great building had a magical effect.
    People were drawn to the music like the children to the pied piper.
    Business completed, I returned to the truck just as the song was ending.
    People thanked me. It was fun.
     
  20. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Now there's a challenge for you------jam 100 stories into one symphony
     
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    Surprisingly [not to me] Nana Mouskouri is among the highest woman selling recording artists of all time, up their with those pop icons such as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion etc: She has though recorded in several different languages, including mandarin.
    Here's another semi classical song from my Greek Angel.....
     
  22. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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    Funny thing, Bolero was a flop when it was first performed.
     
  23. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I enjoy movie music scores that create new classical music . As an example :

     

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