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The Classical Music Thread

In light of the wildly popular Time for My Nightly Jam Session thread, which isn't genre specific, I was hoping to share and find new pieces of classical music with the DP.

Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music (both liturgical and secular). It encompasses a broad period from roughly the 11th century to the present day.[1] The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice period.

European music is largely distinguished from many other non-European and popular musical forms by its system of staff notation, in use since about the 16th century.[2] Western staff notation is used by composers to prescribe to the performer the pitch, speed, meter, individual rhythms and exact execution of a piece of music. This leaves less room for practices such as improvisation and ad libitum ornamentation, which are frequently heard in non-European art music and popular music.[3][4][5]

The term "classical music" did not appear until the early 19th century, in an attempt to "canonize" the period from Johann Sebastian Bach to Beethoven as a golden age.[6] The earliest reference to "classical music" recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary is from about 1836.[1][7]-wikipedia

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Technically not classical, in the classical sense

But what else do you call it?

It is getting to be quite a classic.

Niccolò Paganini

A true rock star from the late 1700s.

Check out his 24 Caprices for violin, the most comprehensive violin work ever composes.

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Thank you!

To all who contributed to this topic, thank you. Love it.

We have KUSC on the FM station out of Los Angeles, also on the web @ All classical 24/7.

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Reading 'what to listen for in music'

Listening to works by its author Aaron Copland.

Does it get any better?

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check out 'The Mozart Effect'

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Some songs use unconventional instruments - serenade 13 in G uses accordion.

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Someone posted this a while ago. I often listen to it while working.

Antonio Vivaldi 6 Violin Concertos for Anna Maria

Phillip Ramey & David Dubal, 9/9/83

One in a series of radio programs titled "For the Love of Music," hosted by David Dubal on WNCN-FM, New York. Guests are composer Phillip Ramey and pianist Bennett Lerner. This program was originally broadcast on September 9, 1983. (The photo above shows, in foreground from from left to right, Paul Bowles, Mirian Conti, Phillip Ramey, and Alain Cercio.)

ps: I met Phillip one summer in Tangier, where in the café society everyone meets everyone eventually. We became friendly, and even got a nice buzz on one afternoon, drinking Stork beer, at the infamous Dean's Bar.

Mozart - K466 - Piano Cencerto #20 in D Minor

My favorite classical composition. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, was written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1785. The first performance took place at the Mehlgrube Casino in Vienna on February 11, 1785, with the composer as the soloist. The composition was completed by Mozart during the darker days of his life, with this and Piano Concerto #24 the only piano concertos Mozart composed in the minor key. This adds quite a bit of darkness and mystique to the sound, which I always find more passionate and emotional.

From Wikipedia:

The concerto is scored for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, two trumpets, timpani and strings. As is typical with concertos, it is in three movements:

Allegro assai

The first movement starts off the concerto in the dark tonic key of D minor with the strings restlessly but quietly building up to a full forte. The theme is quickly taken up by the piano soloist and developed throughout the long movement. A slightly brighter mood exists in the second theme, but it never becomes jubilant. The timpani further heightens the tension in the coda before the cadenza. The movement ends on a quiet note.

The 'Romanze' second movement is a five-part rondo (ABACA)[3] with a coda. The beginning features a solo piano playing the flamboyant and charming main B-flat major melody without accompaniment. This lyrical, passionate, tender and romantic melody, played at a relatively dainty tempo, paints a picture of peace and a sense of harmony between the piano and the orchestra, and has also inspired its title 'Romanze'. Halfway through, the piece moves on to the second episode (part C), where the beautiful melody is replaced with a turbulent, agitated and ominous theme in the relative minor key of G minor, which greatly contrasts the peaceful mood at the starting of the movement. Finally, we are greeted once again with the aforeheard melody which returns as the movement is nearing the end. The piece ends with an ascending arpeggio that is light and delicate, gradually until it becomes a faint whisper. The 'Romanze' movement is testament to Mozart's brilliant facility with not just exciting and bold music, but also gentle and melodious sounds that can really touch the listener's soul.

The final movement, a rondo, begins with the solo piano rippling upward in the home key before the full orchestra replies with a furious section. (This piano "rippling" is known as the Mannheim Rocket and is a string of eighth notes (d-f-a-d-f) followed by a quarter note (a). A second melody is touched upon by the piano where the mood is still dark but strangely restless. A contrasting cheerful melody in F major ushers in not soon after, introduced by the orchestra before the solo piano rounds off the lively theme. A series of sharp piano chords snaps the bright melody and then begin passages in D minor on solo piano again, taken up by full orchestra. Several modulations of the second theme (in A minor and G minor) follow. Thereafter follows the same format as above, with a momentary pause for introducing the customary cadenza. After the cadenza, the mood clears considerably and the bright happy melody is taken up this time by the winds. The solo piano repeats the theme before a full orchestral passage develops the passage and thereby rounding up the concerto with a jubilant D major finish.

Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo)

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One of my favorite operas! Want to know how much

I love that particular piece? My husband and I chose it for our wedding processional. The opening notes are from the "Regina Coeli" (we're Catholic) and the rest is pure heavenly music (and Italian).

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Vivaldi 'Winter' first movement... animated

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An oldie but goodie

In 1969 or thereabouts in Austin, my schizophrenic cousin Tom took me to visit a friend of his, an albino named Edgar. Yep, that Edgar, although I had never heard of him at the time. We smoked a music-appreciation kit and listened silently to Zinka Milanov perform Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen. The whole cantata thing was new to me. Zowie!

I cannot find the Milanov version on youtube. But this one is very nice too.

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Period Baroque Music

…that's what I studied. Harpsichord performance. If you think you like baroque music, you need to explore period instrument groups, if you haven't. This is the rock star group of them all Il Giardino Armonico. Just search that on Youtube and get a taste:

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The whole thing:

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...and the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble........

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Not exactly classical in the Classical sense

But modern day classical: Arvo Pärt - Spiegel Im Spiegel

Erik Satie- Gymnopedie #1

I checked a few pages of this thread and didn't see this posted.

Golly - love Satie. Have you ever seen a musical animation?

These is the best I could find - though there are others I hope...

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I had totally forgotten about Erik Satie.
Thanks for reminding me how awesome he is.

Well. then, Here's S'more

...with a little bit of Vincent Van Gogh thrown in...enjoy!

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Water Music (Handel) and ASCII fluid dynamics

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Maurice Ravel - Bolero

17 minutes of ecstasy

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Yundi Li - Chopin "Fantasie" Impromptu, Op. 66

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We All Know Melody #1

...But it gets real classical from #2 on....enjoy.
p.s. I AM hooked on Korngold's Compositions.

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