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July 12, 2012 11:16 AM Subscribe
Music recommendation: like Khachaturian at his most brash.
posted by komara to media & arts (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I know nothing about composers and their music. I don't even know if I can call it all "classical" music or "orchestral compositions for neo-classical ballet" or what. All I know is that I ended up in love with Aram Khachaturian and I want more music like his. It was the first "classical" music that I listened to and thought, "I NEED TO PAY MONEY FOR MORE OF THIS."
To be more clear, I love his ballet music, specifically (and because you know Khachaturian you knew this was coming) Spartacus and Gay[ane/ne/aneh whichever]. The first CD I picked up has four tracks at the end called 'The Seasons' and they're okay, but further research shows that they might be by Glazunov and not Khachaturian? I am unsure.
Anyway, here's what I'm Ask-ing of you - who else wrote music like this? I keep seeing that Khachaturian was fairly unique in his incorporation of Armenian folk music, so perhaps there's no one else. That would be sad.
I love how brassy and upbeat and explosive it all is. My favorite track right now is the Scene and Dance with Crotala [Crotalums? these translators need to come to a consensus] if that gives you a better lead.
Bonus points if you can tell me how to properly define this music so that A.) I could have asked this question more succinctly and B.) I can talk about this with someone who knows music and not totally embarrass myself.