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 is the Sweelinck fantasia played by Glenn Gould?

Glenn Gould has a CD of early music in which he plays a piece by Jan Sweelinck simply titled "Fantasia in D." I have searched hard for this piece - it is not one of the other Sweelinck fantasias like ...
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Online source with classical music concerts to come

I am sorry in case it happens to be a severe off-topic, but with my interest in classical music recently revived I was looking for specific performances all over the world, as in Amsterdam (where I ...
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Clip from orchestral classical instrumental

I've heard several times but don't know the name of it. It seems to be very famous. https://clyp.it/r0sqwixf
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Who are present great composers of a classical tune like Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven? [closed]

There were many great composers of a classical tune like Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven. I don't know present great composers of a classical tune like them. Could you teach me?
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Did "On the Media" misidentify this background music?

A recent "On the Media" segment identifies the background music as Shostakovich's "Second Waltz." I'm certain it's not the "Second Waltz" - at least not the famous one. But ... what is this music? ...
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What is the opus number of Charles Koechlin's Monody for English horn?

Today, I heard Charles Koechlin's Monody for English horn Lajos Lencses CD CPO 999614-2 Does anyone know which opus number this work has?
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What piano piece is this? [closed]

https://youtu.be/Q21DmLCluhs this is a video I took of someone playing this song and I really want to know what it is so I can learn it.
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Did Glen Gould record the full Liszt transcription of Beethoven's 7th symphony?

Disclaimer: My main reference for all facts in the question is wikipedia. In 1992 Glen Gould recorded (recording released by Sony) Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 5th symphony. Roughly a year ...
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Does this sound similar to Beethoven's compositions?

These background sound very good. Any idea as to whether these are original compositions? It definitely sounds similar to Beethoven's music. https://youtu.be/c5rZMUqaRtM
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Where are these three songs from?

Can someone help me out and tell me where these three songs (the highlighted ones) are taken from? They've been transcribed for violin, but I would like to listen to the originals if possible. Song ...
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Songs like Preludes, Book I, L117

I have some of those random "top 99 essential" classical albums. One of the songs is Préludes, Book I, L 117 VIII. La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin (The Girl With The Flaxen Hair), played by Peter ...
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What is the name of Opus No. 8 by Nikolay Ladukhin?

This is a question regarding an historical Russian composer. I have done much research regarding the works of Nikolay Ladukhin (Russian: Николай Михайлович Ладухин). However, piecing together a more ...
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Symphonic poem based on river Oder

In Chapter 9 of E. M. Forster’s novel Howards End, there is a reference to a symphonic poem based on the river Oder in Germany. The course of the Oder is to be like music. It’s obliged to remind her ...
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What did Chopin think of the saxophone?

Adolphe Sax arrived in Paris in 1842, when Chopin had been living in Paris for some years. Both Chopin and Sax lived in Paris until 1849, when Chopin died. It seems highly likely that Chopin heard ...
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Classical instrumental from "Voyager - Innocenzo Manzetti" video [closed]

I wonder if you know which song is playing on this video: https://youtu.be/5UUcDU3ZiLo The song on violin is playing in the background of this video from time 0.30 minutes Thanks! Best
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Classical song, flute and string orchestra, instrumental [closed]

I don't have the music file and have no information about it, but I've heard it many times. It sounds like Western classical music: something like flute accompanied by string orchestra, I guess. I ...
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which one is Gabriel Fauré, Requiem, op. 48

There is a show, and it is written that they will perform Gabriel Fauré, Requiem, op. 48 I searched on Spotify so I found that Requiem for Faure has too many op (i don't know how to call them) and ...
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How much of Opera is about sex?

We seem to think that so much of classical music is pure and noble but in my practice there seems to be a few common themes in Opera. Opera may very well be more Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll than what ...
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Tease of a fugue in Beethoven's Hammerklavier

There's a passage approximately two minutes before the main fugue theme of the fourth mvt. in Beethoven's Hammerklavier op. 106; it lays out a brilliant theme for a fugue which is thereafter never ...
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Why are specific parts to music not free?

I wanted to get my hands on the tuba part for Bruckner's 8th so I could study the finale. I found I could get the full score for free, but I had to pay for the singular part. I'm pretty sure that the ...
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Which classical singers are known for gentleness of vibrato (or even non-vibrato)?

I've never really found much access to classical vocal music – which is a shame, I suppose. Some works I find interesting, but I always get tired rather quickly (if not outright annoyed) when ...
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Which works were the basis of J. G. Walther's organ transcriptions of concertos?

The German composer Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748) adapted about a dozen (mostly Italian) concertos for the organ. The only comprehensive list of these transcriptions for organ that I was able ...
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Why are pianists included in The Carnival of the Animals?

In Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals*, the 11th section is entitled Pianists. This may sound like a silly question, but why are pianists included as part of animals? *(video with audio and sheet ...
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Identification of classical music at end of BBC Einstein's Unfinished Symphony [closed]

I was watching BBC Horizon's Einstein's Unfinished Symphony. Being a classical music fan, i want to know which song is being played at the at the start of 46:44 till the end of the documentary. link- ...
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Quote about classical music during the Industrial Revolution

I know, there's a (famous) composer who said that classical music during the industrial revolution should sound louder, because there was more noise (from machines) to be "good". I want to know who ...
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How is the program of the Vienna New Year's Concert decided?

On the Vienna New Year's Concerts of this century, how was it decided what pieces of music are performed? Does the conductor of the year simply decide on his own after he is chosen? Or do candidate ...
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Style of dress for a symphony orchestra

I'm an avid symphony patron, and I also watch different symphony orchestra recordings online. I've noticed that sometimes an orchestra will be in white tie, sometimes in black tie and other times ...
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Songs using the "Puer nobis nascitur" melody from "Piae Cantiones" [closed]

Whenever I hear the Christmas carol "Unto us is born a son" the melody always reminds me of another song, but I have no idea what it is! The melody itself comes from the 16th century Finnish Piae ...
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Music with brutal and high variations of tempo and/or sound level and/or pitch [closed]

I try to give a hand to a friend who is preparing a talk about borderline personality in psychology. Particularly, she was thinking to highlight the emotional distress and instability with some ...
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A genre that sounds oriental but is far away from it

How does one call this kind of movie soundtrack, examples are: Eric Serra - Akta (fifth element) Eric Serra - What's happening out there (Leon the professional) and maybe Christophe Heral - ...
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Songs similar to Solveig's Song

Not being an avid listener of classical music in general, I generally find it tough to find classical music I really like. The entire Peer Gynt suite I love very much though, with a particular ...
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What year was the song Prelude no 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos song written?

can anyone tell me what year the song Prelude no 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos was originally written. I need the original song year and not an arrangement of it.
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What year was the song Rafaga by Joaquín Turina song written?

Can anyone tell me what year the song Rafaga by Joaquín Turina was originally written. I think it was originally a piano song by the transcribed to guitar in the 1930's by Andres Segovia. Can anyone ...
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What is the song "Unstoppable" by Posthumus famous for? [closed]

I recently was browsing Spotify, and I came across Unstoppable by E.S. Posthumus. It's an awesome song, but it sounds really familiar... I don't watch Sherlock Holmes, so I know I didn't first hear it ...
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Beethoven's masses

I've checked on Wikipedia and other biographies on Beethoven but I can't seem to find any other masses he did apart from the one in C Major. Does anyone know any others or even better, could someone ...
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Why did Glenn Gould love the Elizabethan keyboard composers?

And why, after so long, have so few performers followed his lead but instead wandered after his side interest, Bach? Were scientists the same, they'd now be spending most of their efforts on Newton's ...
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Has any instrumental music ever been used to carry information?

Music is often dubbed 'the universal language', but language usually carries some information. I know that music has many different notes, with letters and pitches assigned to each. Was there ever ...
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James Rhodes plays Chopin during Front Row interview, but can you identify the piece? [closed]

On BBC Radio 4 2015-08-31 Front Row did an interview with James Rhodes At 18m20s he introduces a piece he played for an agent, which he describes as a ridiculously difficult piece by Chopin. ...
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Music for relaxing mind? [closed]

After several hours work, sometimes a math book to concentrate, sometimes trivial admin stuff, I feel my brain disturbed, seems a voice or many voices is whirling inside. Could you pls recommend some ...
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Please recommend: haunting or dark organ music

One image that has long stuck with me is Captain Nemo (from 20,000 Leagues under the Sea), up late, in his submarine, playing melancholy music on his undersea organ. I think the power of an organ ...
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What piece of classical music is quoted in Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' "Sinister Minister"?

This is from Victor Wooten concert, he and band "Bela Fleck" performs their song Sinister Minister. I believe this part, that's starts from 3:26, heavily inherits from classical music. And I do ...
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What resources exist for compiling a list of solo piano works considered to be part of the "standard repertoire" or canon?

I'm attempting to compile a list of solo piano works considered to be part of the "standard repertoire" or canon. Does anyone have any tips on books, websites, journal articles, etc. that might ...
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Has anyone recorded a cello version of Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C major (BWV 846)

Note: I really mean CELLO version! I'm sure I've heard it, but starting to think I imagine it. It's also called 'Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C Major, BWM 846'. I believe it's the warm-up piece Bach ...
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History of Western Music: Audio or Video Lecture Series

In particular I am interested in lectures that cover the Major Eras (Early, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, etc.), i.e. a survey course. I very enjoyed Schickele Mix, and wonder ...
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Why is the Chaconne from Bach's Partita for Violin No. 2 so widely lauded?

I recently came across a recording of Bach's Partita for Violin No. 2, the fifth movement (the Chaconne), and upon researching it further, I learnt that it is often praised as a very important ...
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Which pianists of the 20th/21st century had the hardest upbringing?

I am looking for a pianist with difficult childhood. I would like to listen to his/her music and perform comparisons for my research. Is there a pianist you would like to recommend?
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What was classical music called back in the days?

What was classical music called back in the days? (Pre 1900s?) Was it divided in to genres as we do today, or was it simlpy categorized by the type of instruments used, or just "concert music". In ...

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