Questions tagged [classical-music]

For questions on Western Classical Music in both, the narrow sense of the music between roughly 1730 and 1820, as well as the broad sense of any music written for an orchestra, or other instrument or instrumental group common during the Classical Period.

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What Music could be used to reflect industry and factory work?

Examples that may use mallets or other non instrumental sounds. A style like Iannis Xenakis' would be brilliant
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Why is C Sharp Minor rarely used by anything else other than the Piano?

Apparently C Sharp Minor is unheard of outside of the piano. Only two hugely successful symphonies have been made in this key. I was spurred on by Beethoven’s astonishing Moonlight Sonata and was ...
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Unusual string quartets

I particularly like string quartets, maybe a hangover from studying four part harmony in music school long ago. I already have a large number of string quartets, particularly from composers known ...
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A recording session with Igor Stravinsky

At 32:47, Stravinsky, whilst recording his Symphony of Psalms, just before another take, says to the orchestra “I give you one bar for nothing in four and the bar before nine is in three, six.” ...
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Measure numbers proper name

What are these measure numbers called. I could have just answered my own question there. See highlighted below. Who decides these? Is it the composer? You see I have noticed sometimes they are in ...
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What is this composition played in a J. P. Seeburg Orchestrion “H”?

In this video: https://youtu.be/iH0YS8vlHyM?t=615 an instrument called "orchestrion", a combination of piano, pipe organ, reed organ, drum set, and xylophone, is demonstrated with a composition whose ...
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Cannot identify strange ‘ringing’ noise right towards the end of Mahler’s 8th Symphony

There’s a strange ‘ringing’ — best word I can use to describe the sound — right at the end of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, and I can’t work out if it’s woodwinds or another family, although it doesn’t sound ...
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Is there a music score search engine?

Is there a good search engine to find music based on the melody or score? I frequently find myself wondering what a certain song is for which I can hum the tune and I am wondering if there is a ...
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What is the piano piece being played at the very start of this video on YouTube titled *ABBA Waterloo Eurovision 1974*?

What is the piano piece being played at the very start of this video on YouTube titled ABBA Waterloo Eurovision 1974?
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When a conductor is conducting what musical line are they reading?

I’m really curious, when a conductor is conducting a piece on what line is he reading and analysing the music from? It would make sense for him to read the violins as they form the heart of the ...
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I can’t work out the instrument Stravinsky uses in “Pulcinella”

I can’t figure out what instrument is being used to aid in keeping his beat. It sounds like pizzicato on the cello, it’s too high for a double bass I think? You hear it at 1:28 and 2:01 for ...
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Are there any ensembles that try to play as broad of styles of music as possible?

The Ensemble InterContemporaine plays contemporary classical music, countless orchestras play classical music, there are groups that play Chinese, Indian, Gamelan, jazz, and so on. Is there any ...
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What are the 'Non-European' 'Classical' musics?

As a French, I've heard many classical musics so far, as instance, among plenty others: Symphony No. 40 In G Minor, K.550 — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op.125 'Choral': Ode to ...
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What is this theme by Vivaldi called?

What is this piece by Vivaldi called? It's Exercise 97 in Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing 1" book, with no explanation other than "Theme by Vivaldi". You can hear a recording here: https://www.youtube....
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Can't remember the name/composer of this well-known classical tune

I try to find this tune but can't remember the name. Can anyone help? It goes like E5 D5 E5 C5 E5 B4 E5 A4 E5. I also tried to play this on virtual piano which I think might help.
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Can you identify cello and piano piece in last scene of Agatha Christie ABC Murders (v. 2018 John Malkovich)?

I thought I knew my classical music well until I heard this piece in the 2018 BBC/AMAZON PRIME VIDEO production of Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders with John Malkovich as Poirot. It is a cello and ...
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Der Rosenkavalier Suite for winds

Many years ago I heard on the radio a suite from Der Rosenkavalier played by a wind band or a large wind ensemble. It was charming. Either I missed hearing who the performers were, or I didn't listen ...
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How is one to enjoy listening to the piece “Epigrams: I. –” by Elliott Carter?

How am I supposed to appreciate or enjoy listening to Epigrams: I. – composed by Elliot Carter, from his Late Works (2017) album? Is there a certain way of listening or do you need specific knowledge ...
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Can someone help me identify the background music in this YouTube video?

I've been trying to search for the name of the piece played in the minute 5:25 of this video, however I still have no answer and its been months. iKON - ‘자체제작 iKON TV’ EP.2-1
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Help identifying this piece of music

I heard this piece of music https://youtu.be/G2CcgbFU-fI and recognise it but can't for the life of me remember what it's called/how I know it. Is anyone able to help please?
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Can someone tell me the name of this piece?

I learned this tune a long while back and do not remember it's name or the entire piece. I've recorded what I remembered and was hoping if someone knows it and can tell me it's name. You can listen to ...
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Did Chopin request that his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 (E minor) be played at his own funeral?

I have read in a couple of places that Chopin himself requested for his Prelude Op. 28 No. 4 to be played at his own funeral, but no citation was given. Now I know that the preludes No. 4 and No. 6 ...
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A clavecin tune in the film “Marie Antoinette”

In the film "Marie Antoinette" there is a scene at roughly 1h35mn where a friend or lover plays the clavecin. We can see his face close up for a few seconds when he plays. Then a woman standing ...
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What is this classical piece

Apologies for the poor recording. We heard this playing and its really annoying us that we cant figure it out! https://cruholdingsltd-my.sharepoint.com/:u:/g/personal/scott_cruholdings_com/...
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What is this piece of classical music heard on the UK Channel BBC 2, on the Great Australian Railway Journeys series?

Can anyone help with identifying this piece of classical music, please? It was on Great Australian Railway Journeys series 1 episode 5 (Kuranda to Townsville) last Saturday (Nov 23), on the UK ...
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Classical song with rhythm “du dudu duuu duuu”

Does anyone know the name to this classical song that goes "du dudu duuuu duuuu" (eight note, two sixteenth notes, two quarter notes). https://onlinesequencer.net/1290079
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Male/Female Key vs. Octave

In many pop songs today, when the song is sung by one gender: The same gender as the singer would sing it in the original key and register. Another gender would sing the transposed version written in ...
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Help me track down this classical/soundtrack piece of music please!

I have been trying to find out what this piece of music is for over a year with no luck. I recorded myself whistling the tune - most of it is a string orchestra with a quick flurry from a flute at ...
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What music is this? [closed]

I have uploaded short audio in Soundcloud. I couldn't find its name. Please Help me find it. Unknown Music
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Why are major keys traditionally happy and minor keys traditionally sad? [closed]

From the 15th to 18th of last July, I was in a music education camp in Alpensia Resort of Pyeongchang. On the 17th, a masterclass teacher taught this to me and all of the other students, while working ...
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Os Cantos Sertanejos by Villa-Lobos?

I got a reference to a composition "Os Cantos Sertanejos" by Heitor Villa-Lobos in the sixth paragraph of the following article: https://anovademocracia.com.br/no-198/7625-villa-lobos-musica-erudita-...
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Podcast on History and evolution of Musics

I am looking for a beginner-friendly podcast which can introduce me to the world of music, like beginning from the old times and through the classic era and last century to the present. Do you know of ...
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Is there such a piece like Sonata No 9 for piano by Chopin?

I am listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWDqUSdG7NA and it has the title "Sonata No 9 | Frederic Chopin". I am trying to cross check the existence of the original piece and attribution ...
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Pasculli Oboe Concerto Composition Year

Does anyone know which year the Pasculli's La Favourita oboe concerto is composed? I only know it's published in 1976.
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Need help to identify this baroque keyboard sonata

I only have the 25 seconds of a baroque piece. It sounds like harpsichord but I'm not sure and it also sounds like E minor. I have been looking for it for years no success. I tried to search E minor ...
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Violin melody - 2/4 time, D major

I'm looking for a piece for violin and accompaniment (piano or orchestra, I can't remember). The violin has a tune which, as far as I can remember, goes like this. Neither http://www.themefinder.org/ ...
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The name of this classical piano song

Hi I would love to know the name of this song so I'll be able to get the notes and play it. Currently I don't know anything I remember some stuff and I'm playing some parts to show you what it is it's ...
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Classical strings - Nat Geo “How Stars Are Born”

A National Geographic video plays this classical music track in the background. Unsure if this "contemporary" music or not.... Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80eMTnnLjhs&t=1m13s
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Chopin wrote a plagal cadence at the end of his Scherzo No. 1 that resembles a final “Amen” on a choral hymn. Was he a Christian?

Composer under examination: Frédéric Chopin Musical piece under examination: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor Excerpt under examination: Final Cadence Chopin's Scherzo No. 1 in B minor concludes ...
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What classical pieces are references in Michael Kamen's orchestral score for Last Action Hero?

The film Last Action Hero makes several meta references to its own film genres and to classical music and literature (Shakespeare, Mozart, Vivaldi, Dracula among others...), merrily mixing cartoon ...
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Theme from a classical ballet

I heard this theme recently, I know I've already heard it before but I can't put my finger on it. Can anybody tell me where it's from? I reckon from a ballet? I'm not so sure I'm allowed to post this ...
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Level 1 Background Music from *Circus Charlie* NES game

Today I was listening to the retro 1920s classic music radio and suddenly a familiar tune came into my mind. What I can tell is that it closely resembles the bgm of a nes game I played long time ago - ...
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How can I use music to increase productivity?

How can I use music to increase productivity ?? I listen to music for about half an hour each day and find that it can be very relaxing for my daily schedule but I mostly find that I end up ...
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Slow and deliberate, hauntingly beautiful classical piece (identify from score)

Slow and deliberate, hauntingly beautiful. Can you tell me the name and composer of this piece of classical music I've tried to recreate from memory? I'll be eternally grateful, of course. https://...
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Classical music database

To evolve my classical music knowledge and appreciation, I think there might be need of an (online) database of compositions, not recordings. I like and use RYM (Rate Your Music), but the format is ...
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“Can keep on wind to go on and on…” minor key, female singer, heard in Starbucks

I'm seeking a beautiful song I heard at Starbucks It was sung by a woman the lyrics were something like "can keep on wind to go on and on". It was a melodic song in a minor key.
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Why did Gustav Mahler use the song “Frère Jacques” in the 3rd movement of his Symphony No. 1 in D major?

Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, in D major, is written as a typical and conventional four-movement structure (opening - dance - slow - finale): I. Langsam, schleppend. II. Scherzo. Kräftig bewegt, ...
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Opera performances used as examples in a lecture

I attended a lecture and loved these performances but forgot the names.
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Classical strings piece in Maryna Viazovska - 4/6 Automorphic Forms and Optimization in Euclidean Space

In Maryna Viazovska - 4/6 Automorphic Forms and Optimization in Euclidean Space, strings play classical music from 0:04-0:14. Can anyone please identify this piece?
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Fast song in Victor Borge's “Page Turner” comedy routine

Victor Borge was a Danish musician who was also known for his comedy routines. Here he combines music and comedy in a routine based on a volunteer from the audience being unable to turn pages for him....