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the still, small tone of disquiet

A soft, sustained high note floats over a musical texture. The music moves on underneath (slow, sad, troubled, tense - anything but happy examples) while the high note continues, insistently. Help me (re)find examples of this trope in pieces of classical music and solve something that's been needling me for a long time. [more inside]
posted by lokta on May 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Something terrible is about to happen...

What are your favorite songs that signal an impending cataclysm? I love Carl Orff's O Fortuna from the Carmina Burana cantata. What are some others like it? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on May 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Classical music filter: What famous classical piece is this?

It's one of those well known pieces that we've probably all heard many times before, but most of us probably can't name. Well, at least I can't name it and it's been stuck in my head for days! What famous classical piece is it? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by obscure simpsons reference on Mar 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What concert band piece is this?

I've had this song in my head all day and I can't think the title or composer! I remember playing it in concert band years ago but can't really recall much else besides the main motif. [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on Feb 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Easy listening opera!

I enjoy listening to classical music while I work on creative pursuits and lately I've been hankering for more opera. I really enjoy Handel's Messiah (the whole thing, not just the chorus). I know the Messiah isn't technically an opera but wanted to give you a sense of the musical and vocal styles I'm enjoying right now. I also like Wagner's Ring cycle though that's not quite as "listenable" to me. Given this, what operas would you recommend? I'm really looking for specific opera titles, not just composers I might like.
posted by purple_bird on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

Schubert's Impromptus - who should I be listening to?

Falling hard for both Schubert's Impromptus and Chopin's Nocturnes. Who are the best players, what recordings are essential to own? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Nov 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Apart from the William Tell Overture.

Classical music for workouts? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Nov 18, 2013 - 23 answers

How do I learn to hear sonatas and symphonies as unified works?

I enjoy classical music a lot, but at a superficial level (I don't play an instrument). I'm realising that part of my frustration is that I don't hear what makes the various parts of a piece (such as the movements of a sonata or symphony) belong together in a whole. How did you learn to do this? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin on Oct 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Expanding my repertoire

I'm looking for classical piano sheet music recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Sep 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Other classical music I might like

Please help me select my next classical music for work. [more inside]
posted by theredpen on Sep 5, 2013 - 11 answers

How can I enhance my experience of Beethoven's Triple Concerto?

I'm listening to Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C major (op.56), and it seems inscrutable to me. I'm unfamiliar with and unschooled in classical music. Any listening tips for this particular concerto? What should I be paying attention to? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 31, 2013 - 8 answers

And I like the part that goes, "Dum-dum-dum-DUN-DUN-TAH!"

Classical music (and opera) for a beginner! Where to start with hundreds of years of music? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Jul 22, 2013 - 24 answers

Erik Satie for me.

I need some guidance on how to pick a classical music recording to buy. Specifically I'm looking for the work of Erik Satie. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Remedial Beethoven for Assholes

I don't particularly like classical music. But I would like to rapidly acquire a broad but shallow education in the basics of classical music. How do I best do this? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Mar 1, 2013 - 19 answers

Lapsed classical lover seeks guidance

Can you recommend fantastic, classical music released in the last five years or so? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 22, 2012 - 8 answers

What to get for a classical-music and science-loving mentor as a present?

What to get as a going-away present for my classical-music-and-science-loving mentor when I make a great deal less money than them and don't have as much knowledge as them in their interests? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Mystery classical music

What is this piece of music (MP3)? My daughter's music teacher (it's an initiation class for 5-year olds) gave us the sheet music before leaving on vacation and I'd like to find a correct recording. [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Oct 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Small ensemble "classical" music that's not what I'm used to.

I want to find small ensemble "classical" music that I really like but don't know how to find or even really describe - "clean" and "structural"? Maybe it's "modern" but it's less abstract and more classical in scale and construction than the modern/experimental music I'm familiar with. [more inside]
posted by freebird on Aug 1, 2012 - 21 answers

What was the poem within this sonata?

Ridiculously specific classical music question: What is the poem/program note that is supposed to be read before the final movement in Hindemith's 'Sonata for Alto Horn in E flat' (1943)? In the original German and the English translation, if possible. [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Jul 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Is it possible to find lead sheet music for Pachelbel's Canon?

I'm trying to learn to play the piano, and right now I'm using this book by Scott Houston, who is a huge advocate of lead sheet music and "fake" books. I really, really like the book, and even after just sitting down for a little bit I can already play some basic stuff like row, row, row your boat and jingle bells. However, there is one snag: the book's philosophy is that you should think of the one song you would most like to play on the piano and learn how to play by starting with that song first, an idea which I really love except for the fact that the one song I would really like to play more than anything else is Pachelbel's Canon in D. He specifically says in the book that his teaching method is completely unsuited for learning classical piano. I really don't want to learn how to play classical piano except for this one song, but this is one song I would really like to learn. Is there any way around this?
posted by bookman117 on Jul 3, 2012 - 18 answers

this is my box, this is my box, i never travel without my box...

Help me help a friend: which (probably romantic-era) composer wrote a piece about a Chinese lacquer box? I have searched like crazy and found nothing.
posted by naturalog on May 6, 2012 - 7 answers

A Symphony, Divided?

Is there anywhere to listen to the component parts of a piece of classical music? [more inside]
posted by ilana on May 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Classical piano music: theme and variations based on popular tune

[Classical piano filter] What are some other pieces like Mozart's variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? [more inside]
posted by foxjacket on Jan 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me Handel my sometimes useful but currently maddening sense of pitch

How can I learn to override my absolute pitch to cope with singing at Baroque pitch? [more inside]
posted by bassjump on Oct 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me identify this piece of classical music from a Japanese trailer.

What piece of classical music is this? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Aug 13, 2011 - 4 answers

THIS IS A NO PACHELBEL ZONE. I REPEAT: NO PACHELBEL.

Well, it's T-minus five weeks to the wedding and I haven't got the music down. I've got a crapload of amazing singers and all of my ideas are going down the tubes. Hope? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Krakow music wish-list

What musical gems & rarities should I look for on my upcoming trip to Krakow? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Jul 31, 2011 - 3 answers

Amazing projects where art meets digital/social technologies

What are interesting projects where art meets new (digital/social) technologies? Like Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, Youtube Symphony Orchestra, or Google Art Project.
posted by vladimirfrolov on May 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Name that classical tune!

Most TI-99 games used classical tunes for their music. I'm trying to identify the main theme from the game Alpiner, which can be found here. I'm also trying to identify the tune that plays when you conquer the last mountain, which I couldn't find online but reproduced from memory here. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by luvcraft on Apr 24, 2011 - 6 answers

Atomic Cafe Incidental Music

Does anyone recognize the music playing during Eisenhower's speech at about 40 minutes into "The Atomic Cafe"? It's not on the soundtrack and it doesn't seem to be listed in the closing credits. Thank you!
posted by interrobang on Apr 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Recording of Gabriel Fauré's Op. 50, "Pavane" with a very "breathy flute"?

I'm looking for a performance of Fauré's Op. 50, "Pavane" with a very "breathy flute." [more inside]
posted by Jay Jech on Jan 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Classical Music Non-Profits

Help me find classical music non-profit organizations in the USA. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Dec 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Sources for public domain music

Please recommend some sources where I can download classical music. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Nov 21, 2010 - 4 answers

What are your favorite Classical piano/organ recordings?

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 - 15 answers

Seeking classical cliché music for toil

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 - 4 answers

Help me develop an ear for classical music.

Help me develop an ear for classical music. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Oct 8, 2010 - 18 answers

Give me all sorts of violin music.

Tracks/artists that help showcase the full range of violin music? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 15, 2010 - 29 answers

Looking for enchanting, obscure works of classical music.

Looking for enchanting, obscure works of classical music. [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jul 19, 2010 - 33 answers

What is this cello music?

Please help me identify this solo cello piece. Video of the performance is here if you'd like to jump right in, otherwise more details follow. [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Jun 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Quiet/Meditative Organ music?

I recently picked up a Naxos CD called Organ Meditation, liked it quite a lot, and realized I'd like to hear more in the same vein. Can you recommend some other recordings of quiet and meditative organ music? The bits I liked best were 19th century or earlier, but I'm open to more modern/contemporary suggestions too. Thanks!
posted by Lentrohamsanin on May 1, 2010 - 4 answers

This one time, at band camp...

Where can I go with a friend (in Houston) to play classical music? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Apr 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Heart-wrenching classical music?

I'm looking for some hardcore heart-wrenching classical music. My current selection includes Vocalise by Rachmaninoff, Ständchen from Schwanengesang by Schubert, Shostakovich's 5th Symphony, first movement (because of that haunting ending!), and Prelude in C minor by Chopin. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Apr 2, 2010 - 62 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

Experiences with Met Opera HD events in theaters?

I'm interested in attending one of the upcoming Met Opera HD live events at a local movie theater, probably for one of the Saturday Matinees in Savannah, GA. Does anyone have any experiences with this? Are there English subtitles? Is the audience etiquette generally better, worse, or about the same as a movie? Or are we likely to be two people among a dozen opera buffs? It's been years since I've seen an opera, and that was usually in the $12 seats in the third balcony.
posted by KirkJobSluder on Dec 29, 2009 - 12 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

Recommend me some stirring music.

I'm looking for stirring, uplifting, poignant orchestral music. [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Dec 7, 2009 - 32 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

I want to be a Prommer

I've never been to any of the BBC Proms. Recommendations / general advice? [more inside]
posted by rose selavy on Jul 25, 2009 - 11 answers

Majini in Flames

I'm looking for other classical music that sounds like the "Majini IX - In Flames" track from Resident Evil 5. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Jul 24, 2009 - 3 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

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