Inspired by a recent FPP, I went to iTunes to buy Charles Mingus' Ah Um. I found the standard 12-track album (9 original, 3 new) for $9.99, a $16.99 50th Anniversary Edition (24 tracks), a $4.99 album (9 original tracks), and also for $4.99, Charles Mingus Complete Recordings: 1957 - 1960, a 9-album, 68-song collection including the 9 original Ah Um tracks. Being
no dummy cheap, I got the latter, and am now wondering if there are any other festivals of musical bargains which may be lurking on the iTunes, and have some other questions about how to tell a good compilation from bad, and the differences in editions and releases of the same albums. [more inside]
Deutsche Grammophon classical recording. Acquired it circa 1983. Title: Serenades and Romances, The World's Loveliest Music for Strings. I think the catalog or serial number is 413 655-4 but I can't find the track list online. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Classical music for workouts? [more inside]
Can you recommend fantastic, classical music released in the last five years or so? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
How can I learn to override my absolute pitch to cope with singing at Baroque pitch? [more inside]
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]
What musical gems & rarities should I look for on my upcoming trip to Krakow? [more inside]
What are interesting projects where art meets new (digital/social) technologies? Like Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, Youtube Symphony Orchestra, or Google Art Project.
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!
Help me find classical music non-profit organizations in the USA. [more inside]
Please recommend some sources where I can download classical music. [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me develop an ear for classical music. [more inside]
Tracks/artists that help showcase the full range of violin music? [more inside]
Where can I go with a friend (in Houston) to play classical music? [more inside]
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]
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.
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!
Cost- and effort-effective way to end up with a large HD full of lossless classical music, legally. [more inside]
I'm looking for other classical music that sounds like the "Majini IX - In Flames" track from Resident Evil 5. [more inside]
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]
How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
My list of favorite classical composers makes sense to me intuitively but not logically, and I don't know how to continue the list. Can anyone help? [more inside]
Suggestions for classical guitar tab? [more inside]
Please help me find an online avant-garde classical music site that posted full pieces you could listen to for free. The site let you browse by composer, genre and instruments. I think "america" may be in the URL, but I'm not sure. I do recall that it was almost entirely unusual repertoire 20th century stuff. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
Looking for examples of 'happy' and 'sad' renditions of a work within the western classical repertoire. [more inside]
I want to learn to play the opening bars of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1...without being able to play the piano. [more inside]
What music written after 1830 is playable by an amateur violinist? [more inside]
I played a piece in orchestra in high school that I think was named Aces Däd, but I can't seem to find that anywhere. [more inside]
Please recommend classical music related to Christmas/birth of Jesus - preferably including comments on specific recordings. [more inside]
Where to find encouragement and support for a young composer? [more inside]
Name some good online sources for recommendations and also reviews of recorded performances of classical music. [more inside]
In the summer of 2003, in Berlin, I heard a piece of music for two treble instruments and one bass instrument of the same family (or anyway closely related). In the performance I heard, these were, I think, two oboes and a bassoon—definitely everything involved was a reed instrument. It was a modern piece with lots of dissonant passages. Everything else about it I've completely forgotten. The composer may have been German but may not have been. Can't remember where I heard it. I certainly can't remember what its title was. But maybe one of you knows?
Which classical stringed musical instrument should I learn to eventually join an amateur string quartet?
I'd like to learn a classical stringed musical instrument and eventually join an amateur string quartet. I'm an adult with decent musical ability and a good sense of pitch, but no background with stringed (especially bowed) instruments. I'd be equally interested in any of the stringed instruments typically found in a string quartet. Which instrument should I choose? Which instrument would make me most valuable to a potential quartet? Are there more adult amateurs playing one than another? Any advice on learning a stringed instrument as an adult?
I'm trying desperately to remember the name of a piece of music (and its composer). It's a twentieth-century piece, and fairly famous. It's quite soft and mournful and titled something like "Miss ______ Died Today." I've known this for years and it's just slipped out of my head.
What's the best way to locate scholarly writing and analysis of a given piece of classical music? [more inside]
Should I finally join ASCAP, despite my misgivings about copyright, the music-licensing industry, and certain practices by ASCAP and similar orgs? Yes, the cash would make a real difference for me, given the way ASCAP handles my genre and given my low income overall. [more inside]
Can anyone recognize this theme(YSI mp3 extract; 1.2MB) from Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo? I have a strong sense that I've heard it appropriated as(or "inspired") some movie's theme, but the IMDb soundtrack search doesn't throw up anything familiar, credited to de Falla.
What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works? [more inside]
What other orchestral music should I try next? [more inside]
Help me appreciate classical music. [more inside]
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