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 lukecash12
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Bumping this thread to see if there how many classical music enthusiasts are left around here. As for myself, I couldn't pretend to have a favorite or just a few favorites in the world of classical music. There is just too much good material out there, too many schools of music. I could go with Perotin, Ockeghem, Josquin de Prez, or other polyphonic church composers, or I could go with great Lutheran composers like Graupner, Telemman, Buxtehude, or J.S. Bach. And that's just early period classical music. But I will say that the Renaissance and Baroque periods are my favorite, and that my favorite form is the cantata.

Here's my favorite quartet, by Schubert (Der Tod und das Madchen):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z42GrmR4U2Y

And my favorite cantata, by none other than J.S. Bach (Wachet auf ruft uns die stimme):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sj-NKqR0tw


A church cantata by German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), with the cantata chorale based on the Lutheran hymn "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" ("Sleepers awake, the voice is calling") by Philipp Nicolai. The text is based on the Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13, the reading of which is scheduled for the 27th Sunday after Trinity in the Lutheran lectionary. This cantata was first performed in Leipzig on November 25, 1731. Bach later transcribed the fourth movement chorale for organ (BWV 645) and published it along with the Schübler Chorales.

English text:


I. (Chorus)

Wake ye maids! hard, strikes the hour,
The watchman calls high on the tower,
Awake, awake, Jerusalem.
Midnight strikes, hear, hear it sounding,
Loud cries the watch, with call resounding:
Where are ye, o wise virgins, where?
Good cheer, the Bridegroom come,
Arise and take your lamps!
Alleluja!
Ye maids beware:
The feast prepare,
So go ye forth to meet Him there.

II. Recitative:

He comes.
The Bridegroom comes!
And Zion's daughter shall rejoice,
He hastens to her dwelling claiming
The maiden of his choice.
The Bridegroom comes; as is a roebuck,
Yea, like a lusty mountain roebuck,
Fleet and fair,
His marriage feast he bids you share.
Arise and take your lamps!
In eagerness to greet him;
Come! hasten, sally forth to meet him.

III. Aria (Duet)

[Soul] Come quickly, now come.
[Jesus] Yea quickly I come.
[Soul] We wait thee with lamps all alighted!
The doors open wide,
Come claim me my bride!
[Jesus] The doors open wide,
I claim me my bride.
[Soul] Come quickly!
[Jesus] Forever in rapture united

IV. Chorale

Zion hears the watchmen calling,
The Faithful hark with joy enthralling,
They rise and haste to greet their Lord.
See, He comes, the Lord victorious,
Almighty, noble, true and glorious,
In Heav'n supreme, on earth adored.
Come now, Thou Holy One,
The Lord Jehovah's Son!
Alleluja!
We follow all
The joyful call
To join Him in the Banquet Hall!

V. Recitative

So come thou unto me,
My fair and chosen bride,
Thou whom I long to see
Forever by my side.
Within my heart of hearts
Art thou secure by ties that naught can sever,
Where I may cherish thee forever.
Forget, beloved, ev'ry care,
Away with pain and grief and sadness,
For better or for worse to share
Our lives in love and joy and gladness.

VI. Aria (Duet)

[Soul] Thy love is mine,
[Jesus] And I am thine!
[Both] True lovers ne'er are parted.
[Soul] Now I with thee, and thou with me.
[Jesus] In flow'ry field will wander,
[Both] In rapture united forever to be.

VII. Chorale

Gloria sing all our voices,
With Angels all mankind rejoices,
With harp and strings in sweetest tone.
Twelve bright Pearls adorn Thy Portals,
As Angels round Thy glorious Throne.
No ear has ever heard
The joy we know.
Our praises flow,
Eeo, eeo,
To God in dulci jubilo.


Text of the Parable of the Ten Virgins:


Matthew 25:1-13 (WEB)

'Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, "Behold! The bridegroom is coming! Come out to meet him!" Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, "Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out." But the wise answered, saying, "What if there isn't enough for us and you? You go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves." While they went away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins also came, saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us." But he answered, "Most certainly I tell you, I don't know you." Watch therefore, for you don't know the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.'
 lukecash12
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Posted: 11/12/2012 2:51:52 PM
Now, why bother with classical music, you might ask? It's not at all trendy, probably sounds stuffy, or up it's own arse. But it's not at all about taste for me. It's about the themes, about how this music expresses the culture and history of the west succinctly. Art music is an emotional index of the history of man. It reflects the philosophies of it's time, refers to us the literature of the time, it beguiles everyone who is educated in it. The charm of it isn't merely in the finding sounds that you like, but in engrossing yourself with the narrative, the developments in music theory, the masterful way in which they express themselves. The conventions and instruments they used were more incidental than was their coming to terms with them and using them to paint an image with sound. Prokofeiv and Bach may have used different aesthetics and musical devices to express revulsion, but they both did nonetheless.

And one of my main other motivations for studying classical music, is the prevalence of church music in this tradition. I feel ministered to by Bach, Graupner, Pachelbel, and Buxtehude, with their inspiring text and reverent music. This must truly be the greatest tradition of church music. It covers the entire bible, reflects the different theological traditions, and it employs so many different musical devices to bring the text to life right in front of you. Modern church music doesn't employ onomatopoeia, implied characters, story-like narratives, theme and variation, contrapuntal figures, etc. This classical church music doesn't apologize at all for what it is by meeting with trends. It is simply religious fervor in it's purist form. It is sound taken form as emotion. Popular church music doesn't even quote the text of the bible any more. This tradition that I love not only quotes the bible, but uses overlooked texts, things you don't even see discussed in church any more. Bach once said that all music ought to be made for glory of God.
 Ostinato
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Posted: 11/12/2012 10:13:44 PM
I recently got into Sciabin's works. It brings back the joy of listening classical I have lost for years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooIt_I1ETpk
 Rheostatic
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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:11:48 PM
The unfortunate thing about classical music is that while I can be enjoyed by everyone, it really takes a lot of dedication to truly understand it. There's a reason Bolero, Canon in D, Moonlight Sonata, etc. are so popular...because they're relatively simple. But when you get into the real meaty stuff, the more you know about the form of the piece (form is everything), the history of the composition and composer, the harmonic language he's using, the orchestration the composer chose, etc., the more enjoyable it becomes.

For me, anyways. I'm a music nerd. I once took out the score for Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe from the music library and studied the harmonies and orchestration for a week instead of writing a music history paper. Ahh, the 'ol music school days...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBLdMySuaEg
 lukecash12
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Posted: 11/14/2012 7:52:44 PM

Sure you're not the only one. There are many people out there of all ages who appreciate classical music. I am a classically trained musician and teacher of music and I receive a lot of interest from students both young and old interested in studying classical music. It's interesting though to see the amount of women on here who state on their profile 'I love any music except classical'. Sigh...


Yes, that is really unfortunate. And I find it very attractive when a woman likes classical music.
 sophie0321
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Posted: 11/23/2012 4:41:00 PM
i like Mozart Bach Beethoven and Brahms , chopin .
but now i canot play ,,just can play Czerny
 Amade
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Posted: 11/24/2012 10:47:07 AM
Nooooo!
i'm a Mozart addict..
don't get why people are hostile to it..
there's nothing like it!
I'm not an expert,just love it!
 VERYENGLISHWOMAN
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Posted: 11/27/2012 4:43:16 PM
Hi there

I don't think there are any cultural men on POF but then, I found you!!

Please take a look at my profile and get in touch if you feel I meet your criteria.

JJ x
 ClassyT81
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Posted: 3/6/2013 10:18:38 PM
My favorite genre of music by far. It has been difficult to find people my age without an extensive musical background who are classical fans. There is definitely still the perception among many of the genre being elitist, "high-brow" and inaccessible. Chopin is my first love, who recently celebrated a birthday by the way. Especially drawn to virtuoso solo piano works and concertos, particularly from 19th and 20th centuries (Liszt, Alkan, Prokofiev, Sorabji, Medtner, etc). Big fan of the Russians, especially Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky. Nothing to stir the emotions like a good Mahler symphony or massage the brain like the Well-Tempered Clavier. Starting to develop my appreciation of chamber music. Still working on vocal music and opera, but not quite there yet.
 jed456
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Posted: 3/18/2013 7:12:06 PM

This is a symphonic poem I'm working on. These are the best sounds I can get with my music program.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beNevv07bxA


I just came across this thread you have talent. It sounds medieval in a good way to me with some Irish thrown in.

As for listening to classic music I like Tchaikovsky 18 12 overture my favorite!
Vivaldi the four seasons
bolero
Wagner especially flight of the valkyries
 travelingmkey
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Posted: 3/20/2013 5:04:17 PM
Vivaldi, Brahm, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Favorite is Vivaldi's Four Seasons, you can feel the season changes in the music.
 fashionbrains4u
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Posted: 3/21/2013 11:19:05 AM
u are not alone - but ...i think the same ...no one
I love bach, debussy, satie, mozart , wagner ,
baroque ...i always adored purcell , the castratrati voices ...pure delight !
vivaldi when i was little, i played the 4 seasons all the time

But i am an euro...maybe u are alone w your fellow americans, hihi
 Redfan45
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Posted: 3/22/2013 12:22:08 PM
If you consider the medieval troubadours and stuff from than and earlier classical music than yes I do.
 Albvs
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Posted: 3/27/2013 7:55:06 PM
Awe, definitely. I was a band geek and can't say that I discovered classical music until much later. Actually had a baby grand piano and was studying music theory and everything. Rented a violin, bought a cello... you know the drill.

Bach (Partita N.2 for Violin Sarabande), Mozart, Beethoven of course (fascinated by the Well-Tempered Clavier and Bach's Cello Suite)
Rachmaninoff (C# minor Prelude)
Chopin (Revolutionary Etude)
Satie (Gymnopédie N.2) <- I prefer it on the classical guitar, actually

And thought I'd share...

Chris Thile (Nickel Creek) Bach E Major Prelude on the mandolin :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSZ40V0teGM

Bach's Cantata 140 - Sleeper's Awake on the classical guitar
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ8czdx_AOM

Could probably figure out a way of uploading me playing the Malaguena on Spanish guitar if anyone's interested.
 Igneous01
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Posted: 3/31/2013 2:20:42 PM
I listen to a lot of classical. I tend to hover around late romantic and the post modern eras lately.

Listen to lots of Scriabin, Kosenko, Chopin, Alkan, Liszt. Schnittke is my favorite post modern composer.
 stingo
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Posted: 4/6/2013 8:33:45 PM
Wow it's been ages since I've visited the PoF forums and here I stumble on to a classical music thread.
I recently attended a performance of the St. Matthew Passion and it was wonderful. It's unfortunate that Bach does not find his way into the concert hall more often, and the same could be readily said for his contemporaries.

I think internet radio would be a way to make more musical discoveries. I know I have with the public radio stations on the web, but also subscription services like Rhapsody.
 Rheostatic
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Posted: 4/11/2013 3:03:42 PM

Wow it's been ages since I've visited the PoF forums and here I stumble on to a classical music thread.
I recently attended a performance of the St. Matthew Passion and it was wonderful. It's unfortunate that Bach does not find his way into the concert hall more often, and the same could be readily said for his contemporaries.


Bach is still one of the most "performed" composers of all time, and will continue to be. 9 chances out of 10 you'll hear him at solo recitals, chamber music and string orchestra concerts, choral concerts, etc. Hell pop into a church on a Sunday and odds are you'll hear an organist playing his music.

It's just rare to hear him at the symphony, because the symphony as we know it didn't exist in his time. Major orchestras throw together one of the Passions or Oratorios when they can, but you're more likely to hear his larger works performed by chamber orchestras than the big name symphonies.
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Posted: 4/13/2013 5:46:34 AM
i have a background in classical dance, so i grew up hearing all the great ballet composers. i still love stravinsky, gershwin, bernstein and copland.

i have to throw tchaikovsky in there, even though 'nutcracker' gets on my nerves.

as i get older, i appreciate prokefiev more and consider him one of the most important 20th century composers.

recently i started listening to gottschalk and i think i'd love to choreograph pieces to his work. i find him wonderfully complex, with great melodies that don't get on my nerves.

i favor piano composers who don't feel the need to bog down the melodies with extra instruments.
 SoftFacade
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Posted: 4/13/2013 8:55:08 PM
I love classical music. I am learning ( am a beginner) how to sing art songs in foreign languages. I used to love piano and can play a little bit, but I am really into cello now, and will start to learn how to play cello someday.
 stingo
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Posted: 4/20/2013 10:55:35 PM
I wasn't saying he was underperformed (or unperformed) - just that the concert hall rarely sees his works done. I think the venues you've mentioned are a different case/story. Passions and oratorios are one thing - I was thinking more along the lines of his concerti and suites performed by suitably sized ensembles from chamber orchestras and/or symphonies.
 stingo
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Posted: 4/20/2013 11:04:34 PM

i have to throw tchaikovsky in there, even though 'nutcracker' gets on my nerves.


I've a friend who was a ballerina (retired now) and she can't stand the Nutcracker, having danced it umpteenth times when she was performing.
 Space_Weaver
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Posted: 4/20/2013 11:21:36 PM
Claude Debussy
 drinkthesunwithmyface
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Posted: 5/14/2013 9:57:08 PM
Classical is the sh!t. I likes me some of that. This is a good rendition -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g65oWFMSoK0&list=PL29149A59BC3943B9&index=1
 Proteaus
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Posted: 5/30/2013 7:33:19 PM
Haven't played in a number of years but can still tune a violin by ear :)
 MS.ICENI
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Posted: 6/3/2013 3:43:25 PM
Love Eric Satie and most Romantic Ballet music having a background in ballet. Love pointe shoes (especially Freeds pink) and tutus.
@Proteaus...former flute player here...those were good times in the band.
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