Symphonic Music

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    Aug 08, 2011 5:53 PM GMT
    By far one of my favorite pieces:


  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 08, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    Cool thread. Trollileo, thanks for posting the Schubert. I just listened to that for the first time in a couple of years and really enjoyed it.

    SOOOO....

    I'm not going to bore you with the entire symphony, or even the entire finale section. But if we're gonna go "symphonic," I can't think of a better performance of a better piece of music than this: Simon Rattle with the Berliner Philharmoniker performing the finale to Mahler's Second Symphony. If you take the time to watch this (and listen to Maestro Rattle's very passionate words about the piece that preface the recording), then make sure you switch your resolution to 720p. This is a fine recording indeed.

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    Aug 08, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    Sibelius was always one of my favorites, and Trollileo, I played Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet my senior year at state. It was an awesome piece. So powerful during those sixteenth note runs and so phenomenal during the love themes.

    However, this is by far my favorite symphony:

    Rachmaninov's second is just pure magic. Here's the third movement and the climax of the symphony.
  • aaronkei

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    Aug 08, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    I say let the clarinets run the world haha! Clarinet Polka!!!! Symphonic I would say either Overture to Candid or Give us this day by maslanka. (don't know if I spelled that right...
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    Aug 08, 2011 7:41 PM GMT
    My ALL TIME favorite composer and piece. Rimsky-Korsakov and Capriccio Espagnol

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    Aug 08, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    Trollileo said It's a shame he felt threatened by the successes of other composers and started doing the mainstream thing after his first few symphonies.


    Say again? (the 7th symphony's structure is unique, for example)
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    Aug 08, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    Touche I forgot about Grainger. The governors school did molly on the shore and handel in the strand last year. We did awesome. Also, I'm a clarinetist! Not a whore that's the flutes and trumpets!
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    Aug 08, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    The 1st symphony is probably as close to a classical symphony as Mahler got.

    The 5th symphony, by contrast, starts with a Funeral March. How traditional is that? icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 08, 2011 8:29 PM GMT
    One of my favs

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    Aug 08, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    One of my favorite tonal modern American composers, Michael Torke:

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    Aug 08, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    In terms of symphonies, the following are my favourites.

    Brahms - all four;
    Beethoven - 3 thru 9 (the 4th and 8th are very good but rarely noticed);
    Sibelius - 1, 2, 3, and 5;
    Mozart - most of them, but especially the last 6;
    Dvorak - 7, 8, 9;
    Tschaikovsky - 4, 5, 6;
    Mahler - 1, 2, 8 (if you ever get a chance see this one live);
    Bruckner - 3, 4, 6, 7, 9;
    Haydn - too many to mention;
    Schubert - 3, 5, 6, 8 (unfinished) and 9.

    I also love a lot of chamber music as well as tone poems and choral music. Not that fond of opera though.
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    Aug 08, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
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    surreallife saidI also love a lot of chamber music as well as tone poems and choral music. Not that fond of opera though.
    If you can find someone who genuinely likes opera let me know.


    My gay neighbour seems to love it because we had to complain about the noise at 11:30 PM!

    And to be honest my dad loved it, much to the chagrin of the rest of the family.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 08, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    Dvorak-9th-'From the New World'.

    Rachmaninov-2nd.

    Beethoven-7th.

    Schubert-Symphony in C major.

    Vaughan-Williams-'Symphony Antarctica'.

    -some of my favourites.
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    Aug 08, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    I have played most of the stuff that you guys mentioned. All great pieces. I will post some of my faves...this post is about to get long.

    Trolileo I love Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet! Whenever I hear the English horn plays the main love theme, I swear something very deep inside comes alive like no other music I have heard.

    swmh911 I knew you were gonna post that! But we've already established that it's your favorite...mine too actually icon_smile.gif


    OK here is the first piece of symphonic music that are my fave:

    Smetana: Ma Vlast, 2nd movement, Moldau.

  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 08, 2011 9:50 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidOne of my favorite tonal modern American composers, Michael Torke:



    Hey, thanks for posting this. Give a listen to a piece that he wrote years ago called "Javelin." I can't listen to this one right now, but later on when I'm home... well, I can't wait!
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    Aug 08, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    danisnotstr8 said
    q1w2e3 saidOne of my favorite tonal modern American composers, Michael Torke:



    Hey, thanks for posting this. Give a listen to a piece that he wrote years ago called "Javelin." I can't listen to this one right now, but later on when I'm home... well, I can't wait!


    I have all of Torke's music (at least those on CD).icon_biggrin.gif

    I usually listen to ALL of a composer's music at a time. (This probably came from listening to my college station which had a tradition of scheduling "orgies" of composers)

    E.g. I have almost every Hindemith piece that's on CD and some recorded from radio broadcasts that are only available on LP.
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    Aug 08, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    surreallife said
    Trollileo said
    surreallife saidI also love a lot of chamber music as well as tone poems and choral music. Not that fond of opera though.
    If you can find someone who genuinely likes opera let me know.


    My gay neighbour seems to love it because we had to complain about the noise at 11:30 PM!

    And to be honest my dad loved it, much to the chagrin of the rest of the family.
    I think I've only enjoyed one really good opera. I'm normally just not a huge fan of the genre. The excessive vibrato and lack of being able to comprehend the lyrics is what bothers me.


    Best opera: Salome. icon_lol.gif
    Best phrase in opera: Gib mir den Kopf des Jochanaan!
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    Aug 08, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    Bela Bartok is my man. I hated orchestra class in junior high because I wanted to play cello and not string bass. If I knew then what I know now. We once played a folk piece by Bartok that had a heavy jazz influence. For the life of me, although I don't know the name of the piece I've searched in vain buying countless CDs because this one really moved me.
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    Aug 08, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    aaronkei saidTouche I forgot about Grainger. The governors school did molly on the shore and handel in the strand last year. We did awesome. Also, I'm a clarinetist! Not a whore that's the flutes and trumpets!


    Whatevs, I'm not a whore icon_razz.gif
    But Grainger is one of my favorites! My flute is named Percy Claude after him and Debussy.

    That being said, here's Milhaud's La Creation du Monde (the music doesn't start til 1:18 ish)

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    Aug 08, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    aaronkei saidI say let the clarinets run the world haha! Clarinet Polka!!!! Symphonic I would say either Overture to Candid or Give us this day by maslanka. (don't know if I spelled that right...


    Do you know Maslanka's Symphony #4? It's even more epic than Give Us This Day. icon_smile.gif

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    Aug 08, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    My favorite period seems to be the Baroque/Classical Era, although the Romantic period is also strong in my listening repetoire...

    ...and of course, I do have a soft spot for my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Uncle Franz.... Schubert, that is. My Paternal Grandmother's side were direct decendants of the Schubert family....
    (years ago, I did a pen-n-ink drawing for an art class of my ancestor... see the artwork at the end of my photo gallery)


    My full name: Todd Schubert Arnold (RJ - FitArtistSF)
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    Aug 08, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    surreallife saidI also love a lot of chamber music as well as tone poems and choral music. Not that fond of opera though.
    If you can find someone who genuinely likes opera let me know.


    I love Opera!!


    I love the Epic Flight of the Valkyries by Wagner!
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    Aug 08, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
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    I've never been a huge fan of the Classical Era. As a horn player, everyone assumes that Mozart is my favorite composer. I can only handle so much Concerto No. 3 in Eb for F horn for so long. It gets very tedious and all 4 concertos sound the same... As do all of Mozart's compositions. The only thing that I really liked about the Baroque Era was Bach's 15 2-part Inventions and his Well-Tempered Clavier.


    I agree about Mozart. (There are a few exceptions, like the Adagio and Fugue in cm:


    and the Piano concerto in d)

    Schubert, unfortunately, suffers from the same tedium. The only thing I can stomach is the Piano sonata in A minor, D. 784, and the Wanderer Fantasy.
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    Aug 08, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    "Finlandia" sounds amazing on the Organ as a solo piece...ive done it.

    For me Sypmhonic, Romantic Music HAS to be either Wagner or the French symphonic organ compsers like Guilmant, Vierne, Widor, Boellmann.

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    Aug 08, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    Rowing_Ant said"Finlandia" sounds amazing on the Organ as a solo piece...ive done it.

    For me Sypmhonic, Romantic Music HAS to be either Wagner or the French symphonic organ compsers like Guilmant, Vierne, Widor, Boellmann.

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    I dunno, organ music is so "reverb" based. Half the time I look at the score and I don't hear what's on paper, which makes me lose interest if I don't have the score. The organ symphonies sound a lot better on the piano.
    I usually play organ music to go to sleep, especially Vierne. icon_lol.gif

    The Durufle Requiem is wonderful, either with the organ or the orchestra.