What are some of the most beautiful fermatas in classical music? Moments where the music stops, hangs - before finally resuming. Looking for pieces that were composed before 1920.
posted by Marquis
on Aug 25, 2011 -
I recently stumbled upon this piece
by John Tavener. It really gets going at the 2:20 mark. I love the rich chords and, at times, heavy bass of the piece. I want to get into this choral music, whether it is old Gregorian chant stuff or contemporary, but I don't know where to start! Anyone have any recommendations to start off with?
posted by staticscreen
on Aug 18, 2011 -
What genre(s)of Mexican music is/are exemplified in the first three minutes of this song
? What albums and musicians are hallmarks of this genre?
posted by Philipschall
on Jun 8, 2011 -
I am trying to encourage a friend to give classical music a chance and am trying to put together a list of pieces that he'd find inspiring and interesting, particularly when performed live. Can anyone suggest any? [more inside]
posted by joboe
on Mar 26, 2011 -
What classical music piece is used here
? I know the frenetic piece following is Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody but I'm stumped with tranquil piano part. It sounds like a Mozart Piano Sonata though I'm not sure which one.
posted by bodywithoutorgans
on Mar 26, 2011 -
What should I do with a collection of old, classical records near Pittsburgh? [more inside]
posted by MrFTBN
on Mar 17, 2011 -
Classical music + itunes + video (classic) iPod. Help me figure out the essential (minimum) amount of metadata needed for happy music listening. [more inside]
posted by Homo economicus
on Mar 1, 2011 -
Half remembered anecdote from a music class I took long ago:
"A great German percussionist(?) travels to India in the 20's(?), and on returning says that the trip was a complete waste of time. Not only were the musicians always out of tune, but - most infuriatingly - they were always out of tune in exactly the same way!"
Can anyone peg an attribution onto this story? [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu
on Feb 2, 2011 -
Going to see an NSO performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC tonight. Does it matter what I wear? [more inside]
posted by the foreground
on Jan 29, 2011 -
I'm looking for 20th and 21st-century Spanish classical choral music -- the Spanish equivalent of Whitacre, Britten, Lauridsen, Howells or Barber, for example. [more inside]
posted by impluvium
on Dec 23, 2010 -
I go through phases where I listen to lots of classical piano/organ music, but I tend to rehash the same pieces (some Bach, mostly). I'd love to expand my collection. What are your favorite classical piano recordings? [more inside]
posted by jz
on Nov 14, 2010 -
Why can't I find "32 Short Films About Glenn Gould" on DVD? I really loved that movie -- a drama/documentary about the brilliant, eccentric Canadian pianist who played the works of J.S. Bach like no one else. I haven't seen it in 10 years though, so I'm not sure how it has held up. I tried to find it recently and it doesn't seem to be available on DVD. There are some VHS tapes on eBay, but I don't want a VHS tape and don't want it bad enough to pay $100 for it (some copies were moving for over $300 on Amazon.) Does anyone know why it (presumably) hasn't been released on DVD? A poor money risk for a studio? Rights problems of some kind? Thanks.
posted by Buffaload
on Nov 9, 2010 -
I'm looking for good, “simple,” engaging, beautiful “classical” music. [more inside]
posted by skwt
on Oct 22, 2010 -
I am looking for a classical music piece, or snippet, connoting "toil" or "hardship", and I think it's Russian or at least Eastern European. [more inside]
posted by everichon
on Oct 18, 2010 -
It's been a while since the hive mind has recommended music that blends classical with contemporary sounds. I'm looking for whatever is to classical what electro-swing is to jazz. Techno is too cheesy. William Orbit is too chillout. Wendy Carlos is too frenetic and ancient. A Touch Of Beethoven is too disco. Waltz Darling by Malcolm McLaren is too 80s pop. Is there anything since the posts in 2008 that blends orchestra with beats in a way that might work on a dancefloor today?
posted by skylar
on Oct 14, 2010 -
As someone who's just starting to seriously explore classical music, I'd like a reference that surveys the repertoire, puts composers, their works, and specific recorded performances of those works into context, and which preferably discusses specific CD releases
of those performances. [more inside]
posted by Lazlo
on Oct 9, 2010 -
I'm looking for a good piano/soprano version of Rachmaninoff's Vocalise. What's your favorite one? (Bonus meta-question: are there any good websites other than MeFi for asking what's-your-favorite type questions, especially for recipes and classical music?)
posted by archagon
on Jul 7, 2010 -
I need recommendations for a mid-length piece of instrumental music which varies a lot in expressive emotional content to be used in a neural imaging experiment. Please provide links to listenable extracts (i.e. amazon mp3 clips or you tube). [more inside]
posted by leibniz
on Jun 4, 2010 -
MusicTeachingFilter: Simple plan was to learn an under chin
bowed string instrument. Didn't realize they were all so different
[you-tubes]. Which to start with? What method of teaching? Want to eventually do folk/improvise, seeking sympathetic string sound, but still love classical. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac
on May 16, 2010 -
One of my favorite classical pieces is Couperin's 'Leçons de Ténèbres'
, as featured here
. It's basically a French female duet from the late baroque period. Any suggestions on more pieces in this vein, ideally from roughly the same time period?
posted by markkraft
on Apr 10, 2010 -
Can you describe to a non-music-theorist fan the differences a close listener might hear in the piano music composed by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven? I've been loving exploring classical music but things start to blur during the 1800-1850 era. I'd like to be able to better hear what the above composers are doing differently from one another. General thoughts about their music are welcome (book recommendations, too), but especially interested in info related to solo or prominent piano pieces.
posted by mediareport
on Jan 7, 2010 -
Could anyone recommend a good Mahler cycle? Even better, could anyone post their favourite recordings of each symphony...so far I've been relying on biased friends and dubious Amazon 'Listmania!' collections.
Thank you :)
posted by deticxe
on Jan 4, 2010 -
Are there well-known classical composers who aren't trained on a particular instrument? An acquaintance is a young singer who's interested in composition (mostly for voice), but in talking to him I get the sense that he feels a little inadequate compared to his fellow students who are accomplished on at least one instrument like piano or violin. Can you give me examples of classical composers whose work is respected but who weren't primarily instrumental players? Modern or otherwise. Thanks!
posted by mediareport
on Dec 14, 2009 -
Want to learn to play the guitar. Recently discovered the guitar I have is classical, not western acoustic. Can I still learn how I want? And other questions from a non-musical dreamer. [more inside]
posted by nokry56
on Dec 6, 2009 -