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Questions tagged [classical-music]

In the narrow sense, music from the [Classical Period](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_period_%28music%29), but also any music written for an orchestra, or other instrument or instrumental group common during the Classical Period.

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Music from Old Bond Street Carillon, London

Can anyone identify the piece of music played by the Atkinson Carillon at 24 Old Bond Street London? Here are some links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajCptdmDk5g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Vivaldi RV 580 - is it for guitar or violin? Confused why it's listed both ways

As I type this, I'm listening to Vivaldi's Concerto in B Minor for 4 Guitars and Cello, which is labeled RV 580 and has the title "L'estro Armonico No 10." This is the specific recording: https://...
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What is the song with strings and a female singer only singing «lalalalala…»?

This song has a female voice pronouncing only the syllable "la", and there are strings (violins, cellos, etcetera). It is not very old, perhaps from the 1970's, and probably from France. I remember ...
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Name of Classical Song?

Sorry if this looks silly, however, I'm not really sure where else to ask this. What's the name of the classical piece that goes: da-da-dadada-da-da-da, da-da-dadada-da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da-...
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Looking to find the title of the famous classical music on a video?

You can here it from 0:30 and 2:10 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzugeIXsLxc
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Rock covers of Wagner's music

I am looking for rock/prog rock/jazz covers or interpretations of music written by Richard Wagner (except the ride of the valkyries). There are a lot of musicians that have made very interesting ...
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Where can I find information about compositions using composer and catalogue number?

I am really curious about Vivaldi RV 440, RV 418 and RV 63 (La Follia) etc: When were they created? Are there any certain subjects/reasons behind each composition? What databases can I use to find ...
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Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (Ah Ch'Infelice Sempre) lyrics

What is an accurate translation of the lyrics in Larghetto & Andante Molto - Ah Ch'Infelice Sempre? from Stabat Mater. I was unable to find a translation and google translator seemed pretty bad^^...
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Classical piece performed on hammer organ

Could you please help me identify the composer and the name of the following tune? I have no idea where to start searching for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2MF9Nhw0ng Thanks for your help.
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Why do statements like this one generate so much hate? [closed]

Please note that I know almost nothing about classical music and have no prejudice against it. I'm just curious about the attitude expressed by the number of thumb-downs this video receives. Since ...
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What are the instruments (digital or analogue) used in this song?

This is one of my favorite songs -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cHdXoXB19o Can you please tell me what are the instruments (digital/analogue/acoustic) used in the above song?
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Classical winds instrumental from “Dancing Knees” video

Please, help identifying the music playing in this video : Dancing Knees Thank you very much!
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How does 'meter' differ from 'rhythm', in music?

Source: The Complete Classical Music Guide (2012). General Editor: John Burrows OBE HonRCM, edited with Charles Wiffen MMus DMus RCM. pp. 14-16. Many human activities, such as running, walking, ...
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What is the title of this classic Russian(?) piano song?

I am trying to identify a song my mom played on piano when I was little. She learned it by ear approx 60 years ago in Canada (her cousin, also Canadian, taught her) and just knows it as "the russian ...
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Modern classical piece used for “Maurice les yeux dans les yeux” YouTube video

https://youtu.be/jQpEZJ2X4PE This piece sounds like modern classical music to me, but it is difficult to track down. Perhaps a strange piece by Satie?
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Uptempo/Happy/Celebratory Cello piece

I'm about to get married and a friend of ours offered to play cello at our ceremony. However, he suggested pieces which we find rather slow and solemn (e.g. Bach Suite No. 1) and we think the occasion ...
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What are all stanza of Jane Kaha Gaye Wo Din?

I'm talking about an Indian old Hindi song "Jane Kaha Gaye Wo Din" had sung by my favorite singer Mukesh Chand Mathur (1923-1976). Some information is as follows: Film: Mera Naam Jokar (1970) Music ...
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Pre vs. Post Serial Schoenberg

Do you think that Schoenberg's development of the twelve tone method of composition was retrograde? I always have considered is earlier works to be far greater than his later works. Any thoughts?
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Pros/cons of getting familiar with a classical piece before attending a performance [closed]

I'm thinking about concertos. If you are not already familiar with the piece and its motivs, then you won't be able to understand/feel it being deconstructed in the cadenza. But maybe a first-time ...
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Identifying a piano sonata

Could you please help me to identify a piano sonata? If it helps, I remember playing it in my second year of piano classes. I tried sound search with shazam, sound hound and midomi, to no avail. ...
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Why do classical composers not exist nowadays that were of the same stature of Beethoven? [duplicate]

We don’t see many composers nowadays with the very same stature of Beethoven or Mozart. It would appear nowadays, that if you have produced one successful track, you can call yourself a composer. ...
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Shostakovich - Preludes and Fugues, Op.87 - recording

I can't seeem to find a recording of Martha Argerich playing Shostakovich - Preludes and Fugues, Op.87, although I saw her performing the Fugue in A minor by Shostakovich on Rick Beato's channel. Does ...
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Identify song played by accordionist

Identify song played by accordionist Aydar Gaynullin in the Russian subway. I think this is a famous classical piece of music but I'm having trouble identifying it. The song starts at 2:13 Youtube ...
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When did Beste (vocal genre in Ottoman classical music) appear?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beste_(Turkish_music) (CC-BY-SA): The beste is a vocal genre in Ottoman classical music. It was a movement of the fasıl, or suite. When did the genre appear, and when ...
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Why is Beethoven's Op 81 split into “81a” and “81b” instead of No. 1 and No. 2?

Beethoven has an Opus 81a (Piano Sonata No. 26) and Opus 81b (Sextet for Horns and String Quartet). Why is this Opus divided/labeled this way, instead of split into Numbers as opus cataloguing ...
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Why do many vinyl albums place sides I and IV on one record and II and III on the other?

Why do many vinyl albums of classical music have Sides 1 / 4 on the first record and 2 / 3 on the second? An example of this is the RCA Red Seal recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony by the Boston ...
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Classical (or modern classical) music from “3 Reasons Why the Stock Market…” (from “The Street”)

Was used on "3 Reasons Why The Stock Market May Have Tanked" article by "The Street". Not sure if it's classical or modern classical. https://www.watzatsong.com/en/name-that-tune/541181.html
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Shazam music app program [closed]

How does the music app Shazam identify the orchestra or musician performing classical music? I understand it identifying popular music, but wonder how an orchestra is identified?
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I-Catalogue Number

I recently noticed a so-called "I-Catalogue Number" in the General information section of scores on IMSLP, such as this score. What does this mean? I searched on IMSLP and on the internet, but could ...
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Albums for classical songs played by electric guitar?

I am after an album of classical songs such as Vivaldi's four seasons played by electric guitars. I did a search about some neoclassical metal guitarists; but so far I have not yet found something I ...
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Is there a high quality audio recording of Widmung (Schumann - Liszt) by Martha Argerich?

The title basically says it. The only recording of her playing the piece that I could find was this one on Youtube, but the sound quality is very bad. Does anybody know if I can find a better ...
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Looking for an essay comparing Beethoven to Hamlet

I read an essay in school--I think a survey course on British literature--that compared the music of Beethoven to the soliloquies of Hamlet; the essay said that Beethoven's music is "spoken" privately,...
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Mozart riff with “Heart and Soul” progression

There is a song I heard quite some time ago. It is by a classical composer, and I think it was Mozart. Somewhere in the middle, the string section plays a brief riff with the same famous chord ...
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What makes music good to study by?

In my life I've only heard TWO albums that I could spend time studying or working to. I don't mean that these two have been the only ones I could ever bear to hear the sound of. Instead, I'm saying ...
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Is there a Classical music reference for the melody of the popular song “Mah Nà Mah Nà”?

My understanding is that melodic themes in modern, popular music can often be traced to Classical compositions. Is this the case for the popular song "Mah Nà Mah Nà"? Note: This question is ...
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What are examples of iconoclastic interpretations of classical music?

Having just listened to a recording of Tchaikovsky's first PC by Horowitz and Toscanini from 1943. It was so refreshing in terms of how different it was. Unfortunately the recording is very old which ...
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Ave Maria Guarani

There are many compositions that use the text of "Ave Maria". One of them is "Ave Maria Guarani" from The Mission. Given how often classical compositions make it into movies, I've been wondering if ...
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Is it actually possible to dance a Sarabande to Erik Satie's “Sarabandes”?

In 1887 Erik Satie composed the "Sarabandes", three pieces of solo piano music. A "Sarabande" is also a kind of medieval dance. Are Satie's Sarabandes actually Sarabande music in the sense that you ...
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What is this classical piece used in Miss Marple radio drama?

This is really bugging me! There's a modern-ish sounding classical piece used in snatches throughout the BBC Radio drama Miss Marple's Final Cases and I can't identify it. Maybe Vaughn Williams? ...
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Why is Broschi's “Son qual nave ch'agitata” in Vivaldi's opera “L'oracolo in Messenia”?

It's supposed to be composed by Riccardo Broschi but i realized it was on the list of the album of the opera L'oracolo in Messenia by Vivaldi.
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What violin piece is played by Fargas in the movie “The Ninth Gate”?

Was the violin piece played by the character of Fargas in Polanski's movie The Ninth Gate (when the main character Corso meets him in his mansion) created for the movie or based on a real, pre-...
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Identify this instrumental electronic and classical music

I have this instrumental music on my computer, but it has no information attached: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5jOXzxlxbMhdEM1YWlxLTRtZTA/view
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What is the background music of Sir Digby Chicken Caesar but not The Devil's Gallop?

I'm looking for the title and composer of this dark and melancholic background piece that can be heard between 10:06 - 10:23 on this youtube video. I've looked everywhere, tried lots of programs to ...
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Identify melody used in a production of Waiting for Godot for “the dog song”

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. Singing more slowly, with a lilt, feels helpful. ...
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Does Asger Hamerik's 6th symphony have any cultural meaning?

I am thinking about using a tune from a relatively obscure symphony for a project (giving credit of course). But I first want to make sure it does not have an existing meaning associated with it. ...
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Books of collected CD liner/program notes?

I love reading the liner notes and short texts that come inside classical CDs and concert programs. Can you recommend a compilation of these in book form? Either by multiple authors or one, but ...
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What's the name of this song from this Benjamin Zander's TED talk?

I just watched this talk and haunted by the melody at 8:50. It sounds very familiar but I can't recall which song it is. Here is it: Benjamin Zander The Transformative Power of Classical Music.
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The piano introduction to Pink Martini's “La Soledad”

Can anyone recognize the piano introduction, at the beginning of Pink Martini's La Soledad, as a classical piano piece? It sounds very Debussy to me, but I'm not familiar enough to know... https://...
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Citing a piece of music with a transcriber or arranger

How do you properly name a piece of music if it was transcribed by someone? Specifically I'm looking at a J. S. Bach Gigue, from Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006, originally written for a solo ...
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Identifying Celesta Music

I'm trying to identify a piece of music which I believe is being played on a celesta. I have heard it in several places but can only find a couple of examples. These can be found here at 0:03 https://...