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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

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

Apart from the William Tell Overture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please help me find the fifth in my weird list of classical music composers.

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]
posted by quarantine on Jun 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Classical Guitar Tab Recommendations

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

Free online collection of avant-garde classical music?

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]
posted by mediareport on Mar 5, 2009 - 10 answers

To Be and Not To Be

Looking for examples of 'happy' and 'sad' renditions of a work within the western classical repertoire. [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Jan 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Playing the 'Unplayable' Concerto

I want to learn to play the opening bars of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1...without being able to play the piano. [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Aug 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Random acts of violins

What music written after 1830 is playable by an amateur violinist? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Jul 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for name of a dirge I played in high school.

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]
posted by ZaneJ. on Dec 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Classical music for Christmas

Please recommend classical music related to Christmas/birth of Jesus - preferably including comments on specific recordings. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Dec 13, 2007 - 12 answers

Encouragement and support for the young composer

Where to find encouragement and support for a young composer? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell on Aug 11, 2007 - 2 answers

Classical music recommendation site with just the right touch

Name some good online sources for recommendations and also reviews of recorded performances of classical music. [more inside]
posted by Gyan on Aug 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Identify some chamber music for me

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?
posted by kenko on Mar 3, 2007 - 9 answers

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?
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Feb 2, 2007 - 24 answers

What's the name of that piece?

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.
posted by Bromius on Dec 17, 2006 - 11 answers

Best practices for researching classical music?

What's the best way to locate scholarly writing and analysis of a given piece of classical music? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jul 24, 2006 - 19 answers

Should I join ASCAP? (not a simple question in my case)

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]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Where has this Manuel de Falla piece been used?

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.
posted by daksya on Jun 13, 2006 - 1 answer

What books have given you great insight into great music?

What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on May 22, 2006 - 16 answers

Musician seeks 17 others for repetitive good times.

What other orchestral music should I try next? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell on Apr 16, 2006 - 19 answers

You know that one that goes ba ba baba baba ba ba bam?

Help me appreciate classical music. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jan 27, 2006 - 25 answers

Help me build my Mozart CD collection

Inspired by the 250th anniversary of his birth, I want to put together a nice collection of Mozart's music. However, I have no idea where to start. Can anyone recommend favorite recordings of Mozart's music for me to start with?
posted by alms on Jan 27, 2006 - 14 answers

Name that tune

What is the famous piece of demonic-sounding choral and orchestral music that goes ?
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Awesome on Jan 12, 2006 - 15 answers

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