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 -
What is the bit of classical music behind the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark commercial on TV? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin
on Dec 1, 2009 -
I want to expand my (intermediate/advanced amateur) piano repertoire. Can you recommend some music? [more inside]
posted by philokalia
on Nov 20, 2009 -
Can anyone identify one of these songs I have stuck in my head? (Links below) - Please help! [more inside]
posted by cdenman
on Oct 27, 2009 -
What are the most intense, angriest interpretations of Beethoven? What about even more intense composers and interpretations of those?
posted by Josh Coe
on Oct 4, 2009 -
Classical music fans: What's your opinion of the quality of the artists and recordings on the ultra-cheap Arte Nova label? I like a lot of the budget Naxos releases but have been seeing very cheap Arte Nova cds around and was wondering what that label's reputation is among folks who listen to a lot of classical music. Are they adequate, terrible, surprisingly good for the price or what? I'm a relative novice to the stuff, if that matters.
posted by mediareport
on Sep 29, 2009 -
Please help me find some sheet music. The piano is finally out of storage, tuned, ready to play and I cannot find my favorite sheet music. ARGH. The Gayaneh Ballet Suite; by Aram Khatchurian (I've tried various spellings of the last name and of the ballet name), arranged for solo piano. A friend gave me a Russian language edition in high school. it's missing and I cannot find a publisher. There's a shop in town that can order it, if I can find a publisher. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick
on Sep 28, 2009 -
I like pop/hip-hop/R&B/dance songs with samples from easily recognized classical pieces but that tie together smoothly (ie. "When I get you alone" by Thicke). I prefer if the end result has a fast-ish tempo. Any suggestions?
posted by gwenlister
on Aug 12, 2009 -
I've been trying to branch out my musical tastes, and have started recently to listen to atonal and serialist music (Boulez, Schoenberg, Webern). There is something about it that I like, but I'm not quite sure what it is, and I feel like if I knew more about the music in question I could better appreciate it. [more inside]
posted by Frankieist
on Jul 23, 2009 -
How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
posted by mediareport
on Jul 16, 2009 -
What classical music on YouTube passes the oh-my-god-i-can't-believe-this-is-available-on-youtube test? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein
on Jun 30, 2009 -
A little something for my biggest fan... seeking ideas for classical songs that I can sing and record for my 19-month-old nephew. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann
on Jun 26, 2009 -
Who can tell me lots about Arvo Pärt and/or Für Alina?
I'm a big fan of Part and Fur Alina in particular. I've read what I can find online but need more. I'm writing a short story where Fur Alina plays a major part, and I need to know as much as I can about it, specifically, or Part, more broadly.
You can talk about it from a more technical standpoint or biographical or whatever--anything will help. Thanks!
posted by mermaidcafe
on Jun 17, 2009 -
Name that classical melody. I have a classical tune running through my head and it sounds like this
. (short home-made WAV version) - any idea what it is? [more inside]
posted by mmoncur
on Jun 4, 2009 -
Do you remember the 'concept album' from the late 70s (?) called 'Wings'? Nothing to do with Paul McCartney, this was a 'crossover' production, mixing jazz and classical. The word 'wings' is so generic that Googling isn't helping me at all. If I just had the composer's name, I'd be able to hunt up a copy ... (I remember being wowed by the music back then, and would like to re-visit it.)
posted by woodblock100
on May 8, 2009 -
Suggest other string-only compositions like The Cinematic Orchestra's "Prelude" ? [more inside]
posted by querty
on Mar 18, 2009 -
Are there any good examples of contemporary "classical"/art music featuring the diatonic blues harp? [more inside]
posted by No-sword
on Feb 20, 2009 -
Help me identify a long-lost piece by J.S. Bach that my orchestra used to play in middle school! Notation excerpt attached. [more inside]
posted by fenwaydirtdog
on Feb 9, 2009 -
I'm looking for some classical music recomendations. I like Glenn Gould, Anner Bylsma, Morimur (The Hilliard Ensemble with Christoph Poppen). I really like interesting little albums that are individual and not necessarily part of some huge opus. Any suggestions?
Doesn't even have to be classical. I'll describe the things I like about these recordings. Hit me up with some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by sully75
on Jan 16, 2009 -
Is there a way to get the extensive liner notes from the ECM Recording Morimur online? [more inside]
posted by sully75
on Jan 9, 2009 -
I'v been playing guitar for a number of years, and in the last couple i've started learning classical pieces to push myself. Although i'm no john williams yet learning pieces such as canarios
has really improved my playing. So do any of you out there have a piece or pieces that you loved learning or that took your playing to a new level? I'm mostly looking for classical pieces but things along the lines of bert janch would also be appreciated. No shredding please.
posted by chelegonian
on Dec 17, 2008 -
Can you suggest some dark, foreboding, scary classical music? Not the obvious stuff like The Hall of the Mountain King or Carmina Burana, but some pieces that might not be instantly recognisable. Can be any era - I'd love to find some stuff from the baroque era that fits the bill - but any period as long as it sends chills up and down the spine.
posted by skylar
on Oct 29, 2008 -
I am looking for a piece of classical music that was featured as a teaching tool on a computer program about 15 or 20 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants
on Oct 21, 2008 -
Name that DVD: A requiem performance, a burnt-out building, and footage of the fire that gutted the building. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid
on Aug 18, 2008 -
Calling all Germanic (and Slavic) rockers, ravers and, uh, *insert classical term that starts with "r"*! Help me expand my music collection with European melodies! [more inside]
posted by curagea
on Aug 15, 2008 -
I want to take the opportunity of an upcoming holiday to take on some challenging reading, I'd really like to try some classical oriental literature but I dont really know where to start. It has to be portable (single paperback volume) suitably annotated and, importantly, readable! I've been recommended The Dream of the Red Chamber but I dont which edition to get or if this is a good choice. Any suggestions would be welcome!
posted by BadMiker
on Jul 16, 2008 -