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As in the classical type. And while it's true, I may be a child of the 80's, I am also an avid listener to classical music. So let refine our palate for a while, and tell me your favorite movements(of the less brown kind, or blue in Rusty's case).

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Boléro composed by Maurice Ravel in 1928. And while a contemporary piece in comparison, I think it captures a much older feel. I am not usually a fan of later classical or modernist works from composers as Stravinsky and Gershwin. I find it has to much strings and sound too movie soundtrack like.

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Not a bad version of Bolero but I like mine a bit slower, then picking up steam at the end.

My all-time favorite piece of classical is Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff:



The entire choral work (over an hour long) is fabulous. If you ever get a chance, see a live performance by your local orchesta.
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I'm not much of a fan of classical music, but sometimes a piece will catch my attention as being really nice. More often than not, the piece ends up being by Bach.
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Bach rocks.

I imagine we'll see some added to the list fairly soon.
My favorite Bach is the Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor.

Oh, what the hell. Here it is:

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It's almost a classical music cliche, but the entire orchestral suite of 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst is very likeable stuff. It covers a lot of bases, from the blaring & martial (Mars, the Bringer Of War) to the cosmic & haunting (the ghostly women's choruses on the outro to Neptune, the Mystic.)

And you can hear what John Williams ripped off for Vader's theme at 4:23 of this YouTube video:

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MABBY wrote:

My all-time favorite piece of classical is Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff:


It's funny. I wondered how long it would take to see O'Fortuna to show up. Much quicker than I thought. Good stuff.
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With Classical music, it's tough to pick out a piece and say you like it because it can be performed horribly or brilliantly. Unlike rock etc, where the music is recorded by the artists and you have a definitive version of the work, classical music has been performed by thousands of people in a thousand different ways.

That said -- old school:



Middle School:



New School:



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Here is Andres Segovia playing Isaac Albeniz composition of Asturias. Covering the classical guitar.



As a bonus, here he is playing Bach's Gavotte. Wonderful piece.

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I could post pieces (again, not the brown kind) all day, but will try to restrain myself. Here's the symphonic poem "Vltava" (The Moldau) from Ma Vlast (My Homeland) by Bedřich Smetana:



And here, Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia":

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MWChapel wrote:
Here is Andres Segovia playing Isaac Albeniz composition of Asturias. Covering the classical guitar.



I love the way John Williams plays Asturias.

This inspired me to learn to play the first 27 seconds of the song. I got lazy and never learned the rest.
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tickmanfan wrote:
Here is Andres Segovia playing Isaac Albeniz composition of Asturias. Covering the classical guitar.

I love the way John Williams plays Asturias.


I like John Williams, as he is a bit more open to interpretations. Segovia seems to be more of a purist. Hard to say who I like better.
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Excellent thread!

And hard to choose. I'll go with Beethoven's 9th symphony. Ode to Joy = one of the greatest pieces of music ever, but I'm partial to the 2nd movement. As a cyclist, I've always envisioned a film with this playing in the background as we see, in sillouette, first one cyclist crest a hill, then another, then many.

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and here is something to think about when it comes to classical music:

Think of being alive in the 18th or 19th century & being a fan of classical music. This was before CDs, or tapes, or albums, or wax cylinders, or any recorded music. So if you liked a particular piece of music, that meant hoping your neighborhood orchestra/symphony (which not every city had) could play it & would play it in concert. You might live and die and only hear your favorite work of music performed two or three times. That is fascinating to me.



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LennyS wrote:
I'll go with Beethoven's 9th symphony.



Love the 9th. Every time I hear it, I want to don a codpiece grab a cane and a bowler cap, and go do some ultra-violence.
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LennyS wrote:
I'll go with Beethoven's 9th symphony.



Love the 9th. Every time I hear it, I want to don a codpiece grab a cane and a bowler cap, and go do some ultra-violence.
laughLike many, I suppose, this was also my first exposure to good old Ludwig Van.
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I'm going to give some love to Charles Ives, one of the first great 20th century composers who still gets overlooked by a lot of people. Way ahead of his time. The Unanswered Question is one of my favorites:

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Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Anything with a canon as a instument is OK with me. Plus it was our favorite piece to play in my high school band.

Here is the finale:

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Rossini's William Tell Overture was another favorite we loved to play.

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LennyS wrote:
Like many, I suppose, this was also my first exposure to good old Ludwig Van.


Every time I hear Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber, I always think the movie Platoon...or Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega, which for some reason they both sound the same. Always wondered if there was some inspiration there.



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This is probably my favorite piece of all...I love the impressionist style (see Ravel, Bolero, Saint-Saëns, Mussorgsky, etc). Also a big fan of Bach (Brandenburg No. 5), Beethoven (the overtures), Mahler (the symphonies), Stravinsky (ballets), and Shostakovich (symphonies). And one of these days, I'm going to try to go through all of Schubert's stuff.



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Dvorak's From the New World Symphony,Movement 2,Largo.

Brings a tear to my eye. Every. Single. Time.



And it led to an adaption which is one of the most stirring and wonderful vocal performances in music.

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I could post pieces (again, not the brown kind) all day, but will try to restrain myself. Here's the symphonic poem "Vltava" (The Moldau) from Ma Vlast (My Homeland) by Bedřich Smetana:
(removed video link)

And here, Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia":
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Nice choices! My favorite Dvorak is the "New World" Symphony, and I love Borodin's Prince Igor.

More noisy choral work in that last one. I seem to be a fan of noisy choral works.

Shadowen wrote:
Rossini's William Tell Overture was another favorite we loved to play.
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I have a Rossini Overature compilation CD that I put on whenever I make up a big batch of spaghetti sauce.
The stuff doesn't taste as good if it wasn't prepared during The Barbar of Seville
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Seemed a crime not to have some Wolfgang Mozart Amadeus on tap.

Here's a Sonata - Andante grazioso, Menuetto, and Alla Turca.

Compared to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata?

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How about a brace of 20th Century Russian fifth symphonies?

Starting with "An artist's response to justified criticism" (of his opera Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk District, by Stalin); Shostakovich's fifth symphony.





Then Prokofiev's "a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit", composed in the summer of 1944.


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I did a paper on Shostakovich and Prokofiev in college, particularly about how Communism (and specifically Stalin) affected their art. Pretty interesting stuff.

For something Italian now, how about Respighi:



I love how the conductor looks like he's about to die by the end.
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