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May 18th, 2007 at 03:45pm
Classical music is one of my favourite genres, and I've been dying to make a thread on this for ages. It is only my hope that others are just as well educated on the most structured, and beautifully meoldic music the world has ever known.

OK, as anyone looking at my profile can tell, I love classical music. My favourite is Romantic music. Um, a bit about the genre, I guess:
Classical music is a term with three distinct meanings:

The European tradition of music which is associated with high culture, as distinct from popular or folk forms (including works in this tradition in non-European countries).
That tradition as well as similar non-European traditions.
A particular stage in the development of the European art music tradition, centered in the late 18th century.

Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, Western art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day.[citation needed] The central norms of this tradition developed throughout this period but reached their heights of complexity and development in the period between 1550 and 1900: what is known as the common practice period.
This music evokes classical traditions, focuses on formal styles, invites technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, and demands focused attention from the listener. It is written down using a formal notation and a work of classical music is usually defined by the notated version, rather than a particular performance of it. This music is associated with, and often compared to, fine art and high culture, sometimes leading to accusations of haughtiness and exclusivity being leveled at its enthusiasts. Nevertheless, many "classical" pieces were the popular music of their time, and have remained popular to this day. The public taste for and appreciation of formal music of this type is often described as having waned through the later part of the 20th century and into the present millennium, particularly in the USA and UK, although it continues to thrive elsewhere in the world.[1] Certainly, this period has seen classical music falling well behind the immense commercial success of popular music.

The term classical music did not appear until the early 19th century,[citation needed] in an attempt to "canonize" the period from Bach to Beethoven as an era in music parallel to the golden age of sculpture, architecture and art of classical antiquity (from which no music has directly survived). The earliest reference to "classical music" recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary is from about 1836. Since that time the term has come in common parlance to mean the opposite of popular music.


Uh, yeah, you'll have to excuse most of that rubbish. I just copied and pasted it from Wikipedia. Anyway, I love Romantic music. Chopin is some of my favourite and I love playing Chopin Nocturn's as well. Schubert, Struass, Liszet, Wagner, Schumann, and Brahms are more favourites of mine. I absolutely adore Brahms. I play in an orchestra and I love how Brahms takes so long to work on, but come together so whole and beautifully.

Tchaikovsky is one of my absolute favourites, of course. He has made some of the world's most beautiful music. And I always loved his nationalistic approach. Same with Beethoven, it just goes without saying.

I also like Baroque for it's simplicity. Mozart is brilliant. Other favourites include Vivaldi and Telemann.

I also and a huge fan of 20th Century music, though not that rubbish that sounds like a cat running across a piano. Gershwin, almost on the verge of jazz, is always my favourite to listen to. I love Debussy (Just finished another one of his magnificent Preludes, and you can always find me playing Clair de lune, or singing along during Ocean's Eleven.), Bartok, and Elgar. Oh, and Puccini, too.

I love the sound of full orchestras and I often go to orchestral concerts.

I love operettas too, my favourite being the legendary Gilbert and Sullivan's. The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, and Princess Ida to name a few. I love the satirical lyrics and parodies, and how they poke fun at every bit of British life, yet with respect, dignity, and modesty. They're brilliant.

All the names I have said are a tiny fraction of my full love of classical music.




Anyway, your turn.
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May 18th, 2007 at 06:52pm
I don't know too much about Classical music but I really do love it.
It can display emotion so well in ways that some popular music nowadays can't.
It's very pleasing to the ears, also.
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May 19th, 2007 at 07:11am
Serghei Rachmaninoff is my favorite from the romantic current.
I wish I could play piano as well ;_;
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May 19th, 2007 at 08:09am
there a some classical pieces that i really love, such as canon. but i dont know the names of a lot of the stuff im afraid.
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May 19th, 2007 at 08:20am
Mozart's Requiem and the Planets Movement by Holst are both incredible.

That's probably all I'm going to say because I'm not into classical/orchestral music enough to chat about it Retard
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May 19th, 2007 at 02:54pm
After studying it in GCSE music I've grown to really like classical music.
I really like 'Der Erlkonig'.

But yeah, I don't really listen to it oten, but I appreciate it.
Jay Tee:
That's probably all I'm going to say because I'm not into classical/orchestral music enough to chat about it Retard

Same.
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May 19th, 2007 at 08:44pm
I'm not really into classical, but I really love Gershwin. Retard
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May 19th, 2007 at 09:03pm
i listen to a bit of classical when i'm in the mood. i really like bach's pieces. his fugue's are amazing.
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May 21st, 2007 at 12:05pm
Jay Tee:
Mozart's Requiem and the Planets Movement by Holst are both incredible.

That's probably all I'm going to say because I'm not into classical/orchestral music enough to chat about it Retard
You're totally right though. I was watching Princess Diana's funeral, I think that was when my infatuation with Holst started, right when they played 'Jupiter'. I played it recently with the brass band I'm in. It sounded lovely. Absolutely fantastic, almost as good as any recording. I always get a thrill from playing in a full orchestral band. If you get the chance to listen to yourself, the full scale of what you're playing, it'll leave you in awe.
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May 21st, 2007 at 12:07pm
I love fugues. They're extremely difficult to play though and it's remarkably easy to get lost in the music.
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May 21st, 2007 at 01:32pm
In band class, they kinda nailed classical music into our brains, so I don't mind it. It bores me a bit though.
One song I do love though is "Canon in D" by Pachelbel.
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May 21st, 2007 at 02:48pm
I adore Tchaikovsky. Ah But I don't know a lot about Classical music so thats all I am going to say. I should read The complete and utter history of classical music by Stephen Fry though.
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May 21st, 2007 at 03:09pm
Anji:
Jay Tee:
Mozart's Requiem and the Planets Movement by Holst are both incredible.

That's probably all I'm going to say because I'm not into classical/orchestral music enough to chat about it Retard
You're totally right though. I was watching Princess Diana's funeral, I think that was when my infatuation with Holst started, right when they played 'Jupiter'. I played it recently with the brass band I'm in. It sounded lovely. Absolutely fantastic, almost as good as any recording. I always get a thrill from playing in a full orchestral band. If you get the chance to listen to yourself, the full scale of what you're playing, it'll leave you in awe.
You should here "Jupiter's Theme" with a choir. The choral arrangement is called "Homeland" and it sounds really amazing. Once I get the CD from my choir concert, I'll be sure to upload it Wink
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May 22nd, 2007 at 05:05am
Some of the best Contemporary Classical is definitely found on film scores. John Williams is an absolute ledge! Jurassic Park, Jaws, ET, Star Wars, Harry Potter etc. etc. All recognisable, yet all as good as the next.
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May 22nd, 2007 at 05:11am
Jay Tee:
Some of the best Contemporary Classical is definitely found on film scores. John Williams is an absolute ledge! Jurassic Park, Jaws, ET, Star Wars, Harry Potter etc. etc. All recognisable, yet all as good as the next.
I liked The Gladiator one too.
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May 22nd, 2007 at 10:08am
I'm not really into the music, but I do get to listen to it often.
My dad listens to that kind of music all the time, he likes Mozart the best.
And if you can count Andrea Boccelli as classical music aswell, he also likes him. =]
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May 23rd, 2007 at 04:00am
VAGPHOBIC.:
Jay Tee:
Some of the best Contemporary Classical is definitely found on film scores. John Williams is an absolute ledge! Jurassic Park, Jaws, ET, Star Wars, Harry Potter etc. etc. All recognisable, yet all as good as the next.
I liked The Gladiator one too.


i love his stuff. jurassic park is an epic tune, i learnt it on guitar once.
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May 23rd, 2007 at 12:29pm
Did anyone see the movie Amadeus? I was awesome and a well deserved Oscar too. There's a new movie coming out based on Vivaldi as well.
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