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Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur?

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Distinguishing between early 19th century piano composers?

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 - 7 answers

What's your preferred collection of Mahler symphonies?

Could anyone recommend a good Mahler cycle? Even better, could anyone post their favourite recordings of each far I've been relying on biased friends and dubious Amazon 'Listmania!' collections. Thank you :)
posted by deticxe on Jan 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Where's the best place to buy classical CDs in Winnipeg?

Are there any good brick-and-mortar places to buy classical music CDs in Winnipeg, MB? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Dec 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Who designed this dress?

Who designed the gorgeous dress Anne-Sophie Mutter wears on the cover of her box of Mozart sonatas and related DVD?
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Classical composers who sang instead of played instruments?

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 - 14 answers

Help for a musically challenged future guitar player

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 - 22 answers

Have you ever been to a National Chorale Sing-in of Handel's Messiah?

Have you ever been to a Sing-in of Handel's Messiah? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Dec 4, 2009 - 24 answers

Help me identify the Ghirardelli ad music

What is the bit of classical music behind the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark commercial on TV? [more inside]
posted by rdauphin on Dec 1, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me find piano music to play.

I want to expand my (intermediate/advanced amateur) piano repertoire. Can you recommend some music? [more inside]
posted by philokalia on Nov 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Cost- and effort-effective way to end up with a large HD full of lossless classical music, legally.

Cost- and effort-effective way to end up with a large HD full of lossless classical music, legally. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Nov 14, 2009 - 28 answers

is there a "sound opinions" -like podcast for classical music?

is there a "sound opinions" -like podcast for classical music? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Can anyone identify these songs by their melodies?

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 - 6 answers

Angriest interpretation of Beethoven?

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 - 11 answers

Quality of recordings on Arte Nova label?

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 - 5 answers

Looking for piano music

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 - 14 answers

Classical/dance music crossovers?

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 - 9 answers

Help me understand atonal music

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 - 16 answers

How do you pronounce Charles Wuorinen?

How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
posted by mediareport on Jul 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Create A Playlist For Me

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 - 16 answers

Baby Mozart, and Massanet, and Meyerbeer?

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 - 16 answers

Identify this classical composition

Can you identify this classical composition? clip.mp3
posted by yewstano on Jun 24, 2009 - 18 answers

Need info on Arvo Pärt and Für Alina

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 - 8 answers

I'm looking for a simple route to discovering the key works of classical composers.

I'm looking for a simple route to discovering the key works of classical composers. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 17, 2009 - 11 answers

Name that classical melody.

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 - 6 answers

Any good classical music blogs or news pages?

Any good classical music blogs or news pages? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on May 25, 2009 - 5 answers

What song is this?

What classical song is playing in this short clip?
posted by boeing82 on May 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Looking for an album called 'Wings'

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 - 4 answers

Classical Guitar Tab Recommendations

Suggestions for classical guitar tab? [more inside]
posted by starman on May 6, 2009 - 6 answers

I'm old and play the violin, ok?

What are some resources and events for adult amateur classical musicians? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 24, 2009 - 4 answers

Suggest other string-only compositions like The Cinematic Orchestra's "Prelude" ?

Suggest other string-only compositions like The Cinematic Orchestra's "Prelude" ? [more inside]
posted by querty on Mar 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Where to turn after Arvo Part?

Arvo Part blows me away. Who else should I check out? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Mar 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Blues harp in modern classical music?

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 - 4 answers

Long Lost Bach Concerto

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 - 11 answers

I don't wanna Jack Off In Back. It's baroque but don't fix it.

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 - 16 answers

At least it's not Canon in D.

Can you identify the classical song playing during this wedding processional? [Video Inside] [more inside]
posted by siclik on Jan 14, 2009 - 7 answers

I can haz notez on Anna Magdelenaz deadz?

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 - 1 answer


What are some of the loudest, heaviest, most rocking and head-banging classical pieces out there? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Jan 2, 2009 - 44 answers

I want to sell my soul at the cross roads

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 and asturias 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 - 6 answers

Please recommend some 24/7 classical music internet radio streams that never feature Fred Child.

Please recommend some 24/7 classical music internet radio streams that never feature Fred Child. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Nov 19, 2008 - 23 answers

Who put the Rang in the ... oh, never mind.

Persian music aficionados, tell me what you know about Golhaye Rangarang. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Where can I find this music?

Help needed finding sheet music for Purcell's "When I am Laid in Earth" from Dido and Aeneas [more inside]
posted by legendarygirlfriend on Nov 3, 2008 - 2 answers

(Non-obvious) classical music to scare girls to...?

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 - 35 answers

help me find a piece of classical music

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 - 3 answers

You need to be more Romantic

Romantic-era classical music for someone who is not fond of Romantic-era classical music? [more inside]
posted by NemesisVex on Oct 4, 2008 - 11 answers


Classical Music Filter: What composers would I like if I like einojahuni rautavarra? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Sep 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Help identifying classical music clip

What is the classical piece used in this Monty Python episode? There are two brief snippets of it, one starting around 2:37 and the other around 3:32. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Sep 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Music identification!

Can anyone identify this piece of classical music which is featured in this video clip, it appears at the beginning and at 4:54. [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Aug 25, 2008 - 1 answer

Did Dvorak and Saint-Saens know each other?

Did Dvorak and Saint-Saens know each other? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn on Aug 23, 2008 - 3 answers

I've Seen Fire And I've Seen Rain

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 - 8 answers

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