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 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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Orthodox choir in French Riviera video (Rick Steves)

Can somebody identify the music playing from 05:10 to 05:55 in the video French Riviera: Uniquely Chic. The transcript of the video mentions, "Orthodox choir singing". I tried Shazam, but it couldn't ...
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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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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....
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Religious music - one note for extended period

Can anyone point me to examples of the following: Vicars often sing before prayer (I think) in a particular style that focuses on one note for the majority of the phrase and then moves to maybe ...
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Classical piece used as hold music on call to local GP

I heard it while on hold calling my local GP. Very familiar sounding. I tried to Shazam it but didn't work. I put the first few notes into the sequencer.
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What is this classical piece played in Andrew Graham-Dixon's “Renaissance” episode 4?

Renaissance is a six-part documentary series by Andrew Graham-Dixon on Renaissance art. I came across an upload of episode 4 on YouTube, and there is a classical piece that starts playing in the ...
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Trying to identify Carlos Kleiber recording of Mozart/Beethoven with lots of applause at the end for funeral music

This question is about trying to identify a Carlos Kleiber recording of (probably) Mozart/Beethoven with lots of applause at the end for funeral music. Recently a family member died who loved music ...
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Searching for a ballet: (nude?) female solo dancer on uneven surface (to Strawinsky?)

I know this sounds vague, but I have this memory of a video of an Asian (I think fully nude) female ballet dancer dancing on an uneven (wavy) surface to Stravinsky (Sacre du Printemps?) I remember ...
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Identify the music on Australian advertisement for Sidchrome spanners

Back in the 1980s or 90s, there was an advertisement on Australian TV for Sidchrome spanners. It showed a collection of spanners being made, starting with red hot metal being stamped out, then cleaned ...
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Can anyone please help me identify the classical piece at 1:59 in this youtube video?

Here's the video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn5lHEtH43s The piece runs from 1:59 to 2:54
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What is the name of the piece in the ballroom scene in “The Favourite” (2018)?

There is a piece of baroque music played during the ballroom dance scene of "The Favourite" (2018), which was not released on the official soundtrack. What is this piece?
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Operetta theme on piano/organ roll

This beautiful classical overture from opera or operetta has no name. I looked everywhere but can not find this music. If you know the name of this misic, please let me know. https://www.facebook.com/...
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Original “Glory To The Sun” Russian folk song used as a theme in Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 and others

In String Quartet No. 8, Beethoven made use of a Russian theme based on the folk song (or hymn) "Glory To The Sun". Other composers also used this song as a theme: Mussorgski in "Boris Gudunov", ...
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Name of music in commercial 2 for mermaid scar

What is the name of the musical piece from commercial # 2 of the anime “mermaids scar”?
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What is the name and composer of this classical organ music?

What is the name and composer of this classical organ music? https://photos.app.goo.gl/YrBDV8sx8H4x2d4y7
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Artists like (the late Pakistani singer) Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn

What genre would describe the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (the late Pakistani superstar singer) and who are the current top singers who authentically embody that same style?
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Did Glenn Gould's humming bother other musicians during concerts?

I hope this question is appropriate on this SE. Maybe it's a bit of a trivia but somehow I see it as part of music history. So Glenn Gould's humming is notorious and does not need to be discussed. ...
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What genre of classical music is Caroline Shaw?

I recently had the privilege of hearing Caroline Shaw's "this might also be a form of dreaming" and "Partita for 8 voices". Some of it sounds familiar, like the myriad of "modern" manic sounding ...
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Anyone know this song name for this sheet music? [closed]

I have this piece I need to learn, but I don't know the name so I can't search for any performances of it. Anyone have any idea what the piece is called? It's for trumpet. https://i.gyazo.com/...
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“Fidi amanti” from Vivaldi's Dorilla in Tempe

The music of aria "Fidi amanti che costanti", in third act of Vivaldi's opera "Dorilla in Tempe", is not extant. A version of it, however, was performed in the recent Naïve recording, but with no clue ...
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Identify pieces included in an app from 1990ish Acorn A3000 called Maestro

I had an Acorn A3000 when I was younger and it has a music writing application called Maestro with a few pieces of music pre-programmed into it. This is one that I have remembered ever since but I ...
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Classical music played by Atkinson Carillon at 24 Old Bond Street, London?

Can anyone identify the piece of classical 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....
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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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Classical song frequently used as songtrack for “posh” settings

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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Identify soundtrack of “Horizon - la soumission au costume -”

It's a very famous classical theme. You can hear it from 0:30 and 2:10: Horizon - la soumission au costume -.
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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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What does “language is gestural and splintered” mean in music? How can it arouse “the overall impression of highly coloured abstraction”?

I'm reading The Rough Guide to Classical Music (2010 5th ed.) by Joe Staines. On p. 563 bottom, left column, he writes: Takemitsu’s orchestral works vary considerably, but his overriding ...
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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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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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Uptempo/Happy/Celebratory Cello piece [closed]

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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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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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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Identify this classical (or modern classical) music from an article in “The Street” news

In the video embedded in this article titled "Possible Reasons Why the Stock Market Tanked Friday" by "The Street" (Feb 2, 2018), there is a song that is played that sounds like it is either classical ...
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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 ...