PDA

View Full Version : Classical music - come in and LISTEN!


GoDominique
Jan 4th, 2005, 10:28 PM
Hi. I think that WTAWorld should have a thread about Classical music as well. :)
But since it appears that not too many people here care about it, we have to give everyone else something to talk about.

That's why I will upload music files (at least once a week) of works that I think are interesting/fascinating, or that I just happen to like a lot. Due to personal taste, most of these will be orchestral, and often of newer date.
Of course you are all invited to do the same, genre/era doesn't matter. :)

I will begin with a part of the most famous piece of British composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934), the orchestral suite "The Planets" from 1918.
It has 7 parts (movements), one for each planet except Earth and Pluto (not discovered then ;)).
It's a great work, and all parts of it are worth to listen to, but for now I have chosen the 4th part called "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity".
Even if you don't know this music, some of it might sound familiar since it has obviously inspired lots of Sci-fi movie scores/soundtracks, most notably the famous "Star Trek" theme. That's a bit ironic BTW, because Holst was rather inspired by Astrology and not Astronomy. ;)

Tell me and others what you think of it! :D

Here it is: http://s17.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1K7DPEYD734QV0IVAF6W5QKOS3 (http://s17.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1K7DPEYD734QV0IVAF6W5QKOS3)

(for Modem users: there will be smaller files too :o)

Martian Willow
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:11 AM
Didn't they decide Pluto wasn't a planet anyway?

I'm not very good at discussing music apart from 'I like it' and 'I don't like it'. :)

canadian_bass_2
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:24 AM
Another extremely famous piece from "The Planets" was Mars - The God of War, which has been used in countless films. Holst drew a lot of his musical ideas from Brahms, who, although considered to be quite dull in his day, was actually quite the contemporary composer. That's where you get the uneven feeling of the music, it creates the hemiola effect, the feeling of 2 beats and 3 beats all at the same time.

The chorale in the middle of this piece is soooo pretty...

While I do like Jupiter, I still have to say that Mars is my favorite movement from this orchestral suite.

bw2082
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:24 AM
here's me playing a little piano :D

It's the first few variations from Bach's Chaconne for solo violin in D minor (Bach/Busoni transcription)

http://avis753bc.homestead.com/files/bw2082.mp3

canadian_bass_2
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:25 AM
I didn't know that you could play the piano!

bw2082
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:26 AM
I didn't know that you could play the piano!

well now you know :p

canadian_bass_2
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:26 AM
indeed...and how fun!

bw2082
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:27 AM
oo the sound is really crappy... oh well I can only stretch the mic so far lol

canadian_bass_2
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:28 AM
haha Still hella better than I could ever do...piano is NOT my forte :tape:

GoDominique
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:32 AM
Didn't they decide Pluto wasn't a planet anyway?

I'm not very good at discussing music apart from 'I like it' and 'I don't like it'. :)Isn't that still discussed? Anyway, a few years ago Colin Matthews (?) has composed "Pluto" as an appendix to Holst's suite. I prefer the original version though. ;)

About the second part of your post, you meet the requirements for being able to post in this thread. :)

bw2082
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:33 AM
ok i think i fixed the volume a little

bw2082
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:34 AM
haha Still hella better than I could ever do...piano is NOT my forte :tape:

do you play any instruments?

GoDominique
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:34 AM
Another extremely famous piece from "The Planets" was Mars - The God of War, which has been used in countless films. Holst drew a lot of his musical ideas from Brahms, who, although considered to be quite dull in his day, was actually quite the contemporary composer. That's where you get the uneven feeling of the music, it creates the hemiola effect, the feeling of 2 beats and 3 beats all at the same time.

The chorale in the middle of this piece is soooo pretty...

While I do like Jupiter, I still have to say that Mars is my favorite movement from this orchestral suite.
Of course 'Mars' is great too, but I thought I would start with something jolly. ;)

canadian_bass_2
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:37 AM
Of course 'Mars' is great too, but I thought I would start with something jolly. ;)
Aww...what's the fun in that? Go for the hardcore stuff!!! :lol:

GoDominique
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:39 AM
Aww...what's the fun in that? Go for the hardcore stuff!!! :lol:
Soon enough. :devil:

canadian_bass_2
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:42 AM
Well, I'll be around to make sure... :D

canadian_bass_2
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:43 AM
This is a really great idea, btw...everyone's always chatting about pop music...but no one chats about classical...and not because it's bad, but because everyone seems somehow afraid of it...

GoDominique
Jan 5th, 2005, 12:53 AM
here's me playing a little piano :D

It's the first few variations from Bach's Chaconne for solo violin in D minor (Bach/Busoni transcription)

http://avis753bc.homestead.com/files/bw2082.mp3
Pretty good. :worship:

Martian Willow
Jan 5th, 2005, 01:35 AM
I like D minor. :)

cellophane
Jan 5th, 2005, 01:46 AM
Not a classical artist per se, but a classical track. :)

http://s12.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1IZ6TI8FW5GWO0S7R18LK5ZLHM

lakeway11
Jan 6th, 2005, 06:28 PM
I :hearts: classical music

thanks for the Gustav Holst listen :)

GoDominique
Jan 6th, 2005, 06:30 PM
I will post a new file tonight. Not sure yet which one. :angel:

lakeway11
Jan 6th, 2005, 06:43 PM
Dvorak? :D

MisterQ
Jan 6th, 2005, 07:09 PM
great thread idea. :yeah:

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 02:46 AM
Dvorak? Why not. ;)

For tonight I have something else.
Recently I posted one of those quizzes on myself, and the name "Charles Ives" appeared in it. So of course a piece of him has to be part of this thread. :D
Charles Ives (1874-1954) was an American composer. His main profession was in the insurance business, but his music is everything but dry and boring. In fact it's a lot more revolutionary and innovative than European music from that time.
Here's probably his most famous piece: The Unanswered Question (1906). ;)
The trumpet asks "the perennial Question of Existence", the woodwinds search for an answer, more and more intensive, but without success so in the end they give up and the question remains ... unanswered.

Enjoy! :D http://s10.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0G91UKXPU6TQ40T28DTQP7OKTU (http://s10.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0G91UKXPU6TQ40T28DTQP7OKTU)

Amadé
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:11 AM
http://www.kournikova.com/community/images/smilies/king.gif Wow a thread about classical music. My favorite has been Mozart for awhile now. But my favorite composition is not by him. Still in love with Canon in D. I don't know how many variations of Pachelbel's one well known "hit" I have but it's a lot.

MisterQ
Jan 7th, 2005, 05:50 AM
http://www.kournikova.com/community/images/smilies/king.gif Wow a thread about classical music. My favorite has been Mozart for awhile now. But my favorite composition is not by him. Still in love with Canon in D. I don't know how many variations of Pachelbel's one well known "hit" I have but it's a lot.

I have had to play the Canon in D at so many weddings, it gets a bit routine. Sometimes I play it in E-flat just to see if anyone calls me on it. ;)

Amadé
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:33 AM
http://www.kournikova.com/community/images/smilies/king.gif Oh really, what instrument do you play? I play piano and violin. About Canon in D. I never liked the ones they play for weddings because it is often too slow. At Adagio and it should be faster than that. Not unless you play on the piano then you probably play faster than adagio. But they often cut out a section in Canon in D especially when that composition has been transcribed to the piano or to another instrument. It just so happens to be my favorite part.

lakeway11
Jan 7th, 2005, 02:53 PM
Mozart's clarinet concerto is wonderful but so sad :sad:

MisterQ
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:03 PM
http://www.kournikova.com/community/images/smilies/king.gif Oh really, what instrument do you play? I play piano and violin. About Canon in D. I never liked the ones they plat for weddings because it is often too slow. At Adagio and it should be faster than that. Not unless you play on the piano then you probably play faster than adagio. But they often cut out a section in Canon in D especially when that composition has been transcribed to the piano or to another instrument. It just so happens to be my favorite part.

I play piano too. :cool:

Drimal
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:48 PM
:bounce: I am a great fan of classical music! :bounce:

My favourite composures are:

#1 :worship: ROSSINI :worship:
#2 :bounce: VERDI :bounce:
#3 :wavey: STRAUSS :wavey:
#4 :clap2: VIVALDI :clap2:
#5 :angel: TCHAIKOWSKY :angel:


:lick: And many others... :)

G1Player2
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:54 PM
There is this piece titled "Fantasy Quick" that I have been looking for...Anybody know what I am talking about...I can't find anything about it but I love it!

lakeway11
Jan 7th, 2005, 05:15 PM
tchaikovsky only #5 ? :)...

Swan Lake #1

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 06:57 PM
Dvorak file to follow soon. ;)

lakeway11
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:27 PM
Dvorak file to follow soon. ;)

:bounce:

Mrs. Peel
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:34 PM
I care alot about classical music! I'd better since I am a cellist!

Pieces I love to play: The Swan by Saint-Saëns;'Après un rêve & Elégie by Fauré; Suite 1 from the Bach Cello Suites; Six Studies in English Folk Songs by Ralph Vaugh Williams

I've just joined a chamber group and we are supposed to be working on "Death & the Maiden" by Schubert :unsure: I think I want to suggest some other things lol I do love Schubert...I'm not trying to diss...

It is a stormy day outside...I am listening to Scheherezade by Rimsky-Korsikov :drool:

Holst "The Planets" :worship: :worship:

Anyone here love Smetana's The Moldau :hearts:

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:47 PM
I care alot about classical music! I'd better since I am a cellist!

Pieces I love to play: The Swan by Saint-Saëns;'Après un rêve & Elégie by Fauré; Suite 1 from the Bach Cello Suites; Six Studies in English Folk Songs by Ralph Vaugh Williams

I've just joined a chamber group and we are supposed to be working on "Death & the Maiden" by Schubert :unsure: I think I want to suggest some other things lol I do love Schubert...I'm not trying to diss...

It is a stormy day outside...I am listening to Scheherezade by Rimsky-Korsikov :drool:

Holst "The Planets" :worship: :worship:

Anyone here love Smetana's The Moldau :hearts:
Sounds good. :D

Ralph Vaughan Williams is one of my personal favourites. :worship: I will definitely post a piece of him sooner or later. :)

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:53 PM
Here's the Dvorak file: 9th Symphony "From the New World", 3rd movement. ;)

Enjoy! :D

And post your own faves too. :p

lakeway11
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:53 PM
Pieces I love to play: The Swan by Saint-Saëns;'Après un rêve & Elégie by Fauré:

really liked it when Oksana Bauil skated to that music :D



Anyone here love Smetana's The Moldau :hearts:

don't know about love but quite like it

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:53 PM
Here's the Dvorak file: 9th Symphony "From the New World", 3rd movement. ;)
http://s6.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1SMI3P01B0T0V2JOCJSZ4GIV6D (http://s6.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1SMI3P01B0T0V2JOCJSZ4GIV6D)


Enjoy! :D
And post your own faves too. :p

MisterQ
Jan 7th, 2005, 07:58 PM
I have a particular fondness for Russian composers, especially:

Tchaikovsky :hearts:
Mussorgsky :worship:
Stravinsky :yeah:
Prokofiev :rocker2:
Shostakovich :bowdown:
Ustvolskaya (not as famous, but awesome) :rocker:
Schnittke :cool:

lakeway11
Jan 7th, 2005, 08:09 PM
where's rachmaninoff :confused:

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 08:09 PM
I have a particular fondness for Russian composers, especially:

Tchaikovsky :hearts:
Mussorgsky :worship:
Stravinsky :yeah:
Prokofiev :rocker2:
Shostakovich :bowdown:
Ustvolskaya (not as famous, but awesome) :rocker:
Schnittke :cool:
Me too. :)

Ustvolskaya - have only heard one piece of her with consciousness. A symphony (although it was for voice and two instruments only), not sure which one, relatively short. It was definitely original and moving. :)

Schnittke :unsure: still not sure what to think of him :o

Shostakovich - one of my all-time favourites. :)

lakeway11
Jan 7th, 2005, 08:12 PM
just for the record there is no music more beautiful than Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto & 2nd symphony :worship:

pigam
Jan 7th, 2005, 08:43 PM
nice thread :)
My ultimate favorite is still BACH "The Mattheüs Passion", his "Cantates", "Weihnechtsoratorium"... it's just simply divine!

I like most Baroque music, in fact :) Even renaissance or in between (like monteverdi)

I went to see Tannhauser (opera by Wagner) a few weeks ago. I was glad I 'had the experience',... but the music is still pretty heavy, I think. And Tannhauser is of course one of Wagner "lightest' opera's :eek:

I discovered this great barok CD with several unknown "chapelmaestro's"... the soloists and choir on the cd just give me the shivvers! Great stuff!

MisterQ
Jan 7th, 2005, 08:48 PM
where's rachmaninoff :confused:

I don't like him as much as those others, although he wrote some nice music. just personal preference... :)

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 08:49 PM
I am a great fan of classical music! :bounce:

My favourite composures are:
#3 :wavey: STRAUSS :wavey:
Richard or Johann? ;)

Anyway, here's the most famous part of Richard Strauss' music: the beginning of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Thus Spoke Zarathustra). :)
Not too many people know that the whole piece takes more than 30 minutes. ;)

http://s10.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2FJBXNP9O6CBZ0EOWIECV6HF35 (http://s10.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2FJBXNP9O6CBZ0EOWIECV6HF35)

cheesestix
Jan 7th, 2005, 08:58 PM
I'm a fan of Baroque...especially JS Bach.

I play the guitar.

bw2082
Jan 7th, 2005, 09:11 PM
Richard or Johann? ;)



I'd hope it was Richard but you never know :tape:

bw2082
Jan 7th, 2005, 09:20 PM
just for the record there is no music more beautiful than Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto & 2nd symphony :worship:

this is me and my friend Carol from a few years ago playing the 2 piano reduction. She played 2nd piano in this movement but played first piano in the next 2 which I haven't uploaded yet :p

http://www.angelfire.com/music6/bw2082/index.htm

MisterQ
Jan 7th, 2005, 09:28 PM
I'd hope it was Richard but you never know :tape:

;) True, but there are days when I would rather hear the Emperor Waltz than Salome. :lol:

lakeway11
Jan 7th, 2005, 10:00 PM
this is me and my friend Carol from a few years ago playing the 2 piano reduction. She played 2nd piano in this movement but played first piano in the next 2 which I haven't uploaded yet :p

http://www.angelfire.com/music6/bw2082/index.htm

sounds delightful :D

GoDominique
Jan 7th, 2005, 10:12 PM
;) True, but there are days when I would rather hear the Emperor Waltz than Salome. :lol:
Emperor Waltz is wonderful music, a true masterpiece. :)

GoDominique
Jan 15th, 2005, 11:54 PM
Hey, this thread has dropped quite a lot. :mad: ;)

Most of the old links don't work anymore (yousendit only stores them for one week) but I will update them when I have a better connection. :)

Here's one more: SHOSTAKOVICH !!! :D
The 2nd movement of the 10th symphony. :rocker2: An awesome piece. :)
http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1TKOBHYKVPPSI0MG1KM75TZOUZ (http://s16.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1TKOBHYKVPPSI0MG1KM75TZOUZ)

VivalaSeles
Jan 16th, 2005, 01:45 AM
Great thread :) And great site for listening to classical music:

http://classicalplus.gmn.com/composers/