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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 6:04 pm 
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George wrote:
veers would be an understatement! it comes from a very traditional, i would almost say conservative at this point, perspective... which is why i've said it's a good place to start and help familiarize oneself with some canonic works but for proper perspective one must realize these are almost entirely canonic works of a very narrow period and narrow formal scope... i don't feel like analyzing the list in detail now (maybe some other time) but i'd bet close to 50% of the works are from the 19th century and also symphonic/orchestral... and, needless to say all sound very much alike (i understand almost everything is variation on a theme, it's just that there are hundreds of themes out there and this list fetishisizes maybe only half a dozen)


There are a fair number of chamber works on their too if I remember correctly but yes a good bit are from the 19th century particularly when we are considering composers not named Bach and Mozart. I'd say the bigger problem than style is composers because it has not that many composers dominating the top 100.


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George wrote:
it's a very good idea, but i have to add that that list is extremely biased for and against certain forms/styles/periods so you're getting mostly just one rather narrow part of a very wide spectrum of classical music... saying it just in case for perspective's sake

That's why I'm supplementing that exploration by looking at other composers that catch my interest (mostly more modern composers).


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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I'd say the list is about 40% orchestral. The 50% estimate from the 19th century is probably about right. There are also quite a few 20th century works. The problem with pre-1800 works is that further you go prior to 1800, the fewer individual works are recognized for their greatness. That is, the earlier you go, the more composers tend to be recognized for their work in general and/or their historical importance, and not so much for specific compositions. Those interested in looking into more early compositions should see the Choral Works list.

I disagree with the notion that 19th century music all sounds very much alike. Schubert is one thing, Tchaikovsky is quite another, and Wagner is very different from either of them.


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 Post subject: Re: What Are You Listening To?
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those chopin preludes never cease to amaze


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i am listening to this !!!!!

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it's a tad corny but i'm still very impressed that he pulled it off at all


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rockvirtuoso wrote:
those chopin preludes never cease to amaze


I am going through a major Chopin phase right now. I started with the preludes and have moved on since. The Heroic Polonaise is one of the most exciting piano pieces I've yet heard.


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unique east/west fusion = byzantine/eastern lead tenor + NotreDame/western organum


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb6hpFkzwDw

The first five minutes is some of the most intense shit I've ever heard


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Making my way through Strauss tone poems.


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^ GREAT stuff right there.


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Thank you, Tree of Life.


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Tchaikovsky's 5th. Absolutely wonderful.


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The past day or so I've been delving into Krzysztof Penderecki Matrix 5 collection.

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Gave Wagner's Tristan und Isolde a full listen last night, easily one of my favorite artworks at this point just based on the music. I need to see it live at some point. Listening to Tannhauser now.


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