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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.
Joined: 4/29/2010
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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.
Joined: 1/24/2013
Msg: 129
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Posted: 4/16/2013 4:29:02 PM
I 'discovered' Philip Glass when I bought a box of music magazine CDs and on one month's edition was an extract from Glass's Satyagraha Opera. It was strangely mesmerising, this combination of Glass's ubiquituous violin backing the male singer. I then started noticing his works on radio, even without hearing his name announced I was thinking 'thats by Glass' He does seem rather keen on that minimalist violin riff he has. Has anyone, besides Sequerrah, heard much of his prolific work? Does a composer's work that is so often readily recognisable, become stale compared to those composers that only an expert could say there was some common pattern to.
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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.
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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.
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Posted: 4/20/2013 11:21:36 PM
Claude Debussy
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Posted: 4/30/2013 3:05:06 PM
Of course you're not the only one. Classical music is used in most horror films too, some of it is cracking.
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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 -
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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 :)
Joined: 2/3/2007
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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.
Joined: 4/24/2013
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Posted: 6/11/2013 9:25:21 AM
Wagner uber alles.
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