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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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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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://...
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Did Beethoven assist to rehearsals?

As you may know, Beethoven spent the last decade of his life almost completely deaf. That made me wonder : Was he a conductor ? Did he assist to the rehearsals of his concerts ?
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Classical style bands/music with non-opera vocal singer

I really like classical music with low number of instruments and I also like woman voice singing in calm, natural style (non-opera style). Does anyone here know for some band or music piece that ...
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Can someone identify this classical track?

could someone please identify the song from 00:13? It's a bit hard to hear because it was recorded on the airport and there is someone talking in the speaker. It's a classical track that I've heard ...
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Why doesn't anyone write great symphonies any more?

Most of the "great" symphonies stem from the 18th and 19th centuries. Shostakovich was the last great symphonic composer and he died in 1975. I'm not aware of anyone writing great symphonies since him....
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Melancholy piano waltz [closed]

I've tried my best on several websites/apps to find out what was that piano piece, but couldn't find anything. Any ideas? I have added the piano piece on youtube Thank you!
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Is there any evidence that Georg Friedrich Händel was gay?

Händel, one of the two greatest baroque composers, and one of the greatest composers of all time, seems to have lived a very discreet personal life. All biographies I've read never mention anything ...
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Who is the Elise that Beethoven composed about?

What is the history about the famous piano piece "Für Elise". Do we know who this lady that Beethoven immortalized was? Did he have a big, fat old crush on this lady? Was it a case of unrequited love? ...
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Upbeat classical music for kids 6 - 8

I'm looking for some upbeat "catchy" classical music for an upcoming road trip. My daughters are 6 and 8 and the music would be for the quieter moments of the trip. Beethoven's Rage Over a Lost Penny ...
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Looking for a bassoon piece

I have this bassoon piece in my head and I cannot work out what it is. It is for solo bassoon with piano accompaniment in D minor. The bassoon melody starts in 4/4 like so Later there is a section in ...
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Classical pieces with Latin lyrics: sicut erat in principio et nunc

Can't identify what this is. Please help.
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Choral composition with train whistle effect [closed]

I'm looking for a piece of choral music that I once stumbled upon on Youtube, but for the life of me can't find again. It was for unaccompanied mixed chorus might or might not have been by Jaakko ...
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Identify classical soundtrack of a British Airways documentary?

Could someone please tell me what the name of this classical music is in A Very British Airline - British Airways Documentary, Episode 3 at the linked time (55:36).
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Title, composer, source of a duet that starts "Cantami cuando el mar é color tortura"

(My apologies for any mistakes in transcription of the initial lyrics!) We saw Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov last night, and this was their last encore (therefore, not listed in the program). I'd ...
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Name of the piano piece in the Argerich documentary "Bloody Daughter" [closed]

I would like to know the name of the piano piece from the documentary "Bloody Daughter". The scene with the music starts 1:22:18 which is near the end of the movie. The piece is played by Martha ...
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Antiphonal violins

I recently attended a performance of Beethoven's Eroica. Beethoven's Eroica with the CBSO under Jamie Phillips For the pieces in the first half, the orchestra was arranged in the usual fashion but ...
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tubular bells in well known classical and modern music pieces

I'm part of music group that consists of three violinists, trumpet player (who can also play piano) and piano player/percussionist. For an upcoming event we have to include some songs with tubular ...
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Is there a recording of Beethoven's 9th - 4th Movment w/ no chorus

Title fairly well summarizes the question - I really enjoy Beethoven's 9th, esp. the 4th movement, and would really like to hear the orchestration without the chorus. I've tried some amount of Google-...
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Why does every version of "Requiem" always include "Kyrie Eleison"?

I've heard/sung many different versions of "Requiem" (Mozart, Brahms, Rutter, Faure). They are usually sung in latin with the same lyrics, except "Kyrie Eleison" which is greek. So why is a greek ...
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Tchaikovsky opera opus numbers

Tchaikovsky wrote the opera Vakula the Smith in 1874. It was revised as Cherevichki (The Slippers) in 1885. "Vakula the Smith" is given Opus 14, and as far as I can tell "Cherevichki" has the same ...
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Identify this classical piece (possibly called Impromptu)

(repost from here as this is the more appropriate place)
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For Classical Music, is there a database of online recordings that feature the composer (as a conductor or musician)?

Obviously, this question concerns only composers who could have been recorded after 1877, the start of the poor, impractical Acoustic Age of recording equipment; or more realistically, 1925, the ...
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What's the name of this dramatic classical music piece used in Business Insider's YouTube video?

So, I watched the YouTube video titled Characteristics of doomed relationships by Business Insider, and it is accompanied by very dramatic classical music. What's the name of the music?
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Familiar Sheet Music Identification!

I'm trying to identify this music. I believe it's from a game, Its very familiar... but I just can't put my finger on what it is. Hoping someone here might be able to figure it out! Notes I cobbled ...
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Who writes the original music for Mozart in the Jungle

In the hit Amazon show "Mozart in the Jungle," there are several pieces presented as original music, most notably by retired conductor Thomas Pembridge (Malcom McDowell). One particularly beautiful ...
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What is the name of the song in this video of MozART Group and Bobby McFerrin?

What is the name of the song at 3:10 in this video of MozART Group and Bobby McFerrin.
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Did Ferenc Fricsay perform Dvorak's 8th Symphony?

I love Fricsay's unusual sound, but I have only been able to find a recording of his Dvorak 9th 'New World'. Is anyone aware of a recording of the eighth? Or, perhaps an alternative to beat ...
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What does a rough analysis on this piece give? [closed]

I would like some insight into what could be said of this piece in regards to anything that is generally spoken of a piece when it is being analyzed or critiqued. It is called El Viaje Imaginario by ...
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What is the name of this song from my daughter's preformance? [closed]

My daughter was acting at a gymnastics performance. There was a song at it, but no one knows how is this song called. It would be great for her to know the name of the song. Here is the video: https://...
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Identify Chopin Prelude or Rondo from sheet music snippet

I found this snippet of a piece in a box, and it's really frustrating me that I don't know what it is. It's clearly written for piano, and judging by the publication information at the bottom, it's by ...
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What does "classical" mean? Is Dvořák classical?

Would Antonín Dvořák be considered a 'classical composer', specifically thinking about the very American "New World Symphony". I have never studied music, so not sure of the different categories. E.g....
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Identify a featuring cello solo on "Light of the Seven" (GoT soundtrack) [closed]

On GoT: Light of the Seven/Hear me roar piano/cello/"organ" cover (part 2) , at 0:39 he starts playing a tune on his cello. What is it called and where can I get it alone without any other sounds?
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Help identifying this orchestral work

I heard this piece on public radio a few years ago and I haven't been able to track it down. It sounds a bit like Elgar, but I haven't found any pieces that match it.
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Does anyone recognize part of all of this baroque-style piece? [closed]

Several years ago I arranged a Purcell-like piece for chorus that someone remarked was "familiar," so I set it aside. It's one thing to borrow tropes from the baroque canon as an exercise and another ...
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What is the name of this classical music piece

In this concert, they start by Bolero, and then there is a music piece beautiful but i have never heard it Minute 16:35 Could you help identify it please
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Piano arrangement identification from one measure of sheet music

On Music.SE, someone posted a question about how to play a particular piano piece. The piece appears to be in 12/8 time and E-flat major, and looks extremely awkward to play. The author of the ...
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How did Gilbert and Sullivan protect their operas from pirates?

While watching some of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, I have heard repeatedly (including the extras on the DVDs) that Gilbert and Sullivan had a serious problem with people, specifically in the ...
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Is Sweelinck's Toccata primi toni, SwWV 286 one of the first baroque pieces?

Sweelinck is considered one of the first baroque composers. In fact, most his pieces are still very Renaissance style. One of his most famous pieces that sounds more baroque is Toccata primi toni, ...
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Tchaikovsky piece

I was listening to a show on BBC radio about Tchaikovsky, and some related historic topics. At one point there was this piece of music that briefly played that was on the glockenspiel or a similar ...
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Why do most recordings of "Land of Hope and Glory" not include the stanzas?

Looking around recordings of the British Anthem "Land of Hope and Glory" I find that most of them do not include either one of the two stanzas of: Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned, God make ...
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Are all ORIGINAL VERSION classical sheet music in the public domain? [closed]

I know that there is a law in US mentioning that any copyright of any musical composition drops by 70 years after composer's death. The point is that this law is ambiguous. I heard many viewpoints ...
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Pieces Similar to the "Infernal Dance" Sequence from Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite"

I need some pretty "epic" music for a project, and the opening part of the "Infernal Dance" is perfect, but I need more. The horns and percussion are perfectly placed for my needs in the "Infernal ...
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Flute melody from classical symphony

I have tried midomi, SoundHound, and Kooplet to no avail. My search on Kooplet contains the part I remember and can be listened to on this page. I know that this part is performed by the flute. What ...
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Which part of the Magic Flute is this music from?

There exist this music that comprises of variations on a Theme by Mozart. As I understand it comes from the Magic Flute. I would love to know which part. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaEcDgxm8es
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Identify this piece by Fauré that starts on a D♭?

Please see the 29:24 juncture here. The left hand plays solid chords, while the right broken triads.