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    This is a thread for instructional videos to help people with music appreciation. Basically, post here anything that you found useful and/or entertaining as an introduction to a given work or concept. It could be an online course, a youtube page devoted to unpacking a given genre or style, concert notes, a tutorial in the construction or performance of an instrument, or a historical survey of some object of musical interest. The only requirement is that you found it interesting.

    The thread is "for amateurs," but feel free to post about advanced concepts. If the video explores advanced material, though, you should flag it as such.

    This isn't the place to advance opinions or debate thorny issues: if a video makes some questionable points, you might start a new thread to argue your case. Discussion of all videos should be kept to a minimum.
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    I'll kick things off with a link to Andras Schiff's brief introductions to each of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas.

    András Schiff last performed the complete Beethoven piano sonatas at Wigmore Hall from 2004–6 to overwhelming critical acclaim, with the editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, describing one particular performance as ‘a riveting mixture of erudition, analysis, passion, wit and memory’.

    On the day before each of the eight recitals in the series, the world-renowned pianist, pedagogue and lecturer gave a lecture-recital in which he explored the works to be performed. Deeply engaging and insightful, these thought-provoking lecture-recitals, recorded live at the Hall, are available below as eight audio lecture-recitals.
    Downloadable podcasts:

    https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/podcasts...cture-recitals

    Youtube playlist of lectures:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...rfzrbjTV_sJIVq
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    I love Bruce Adolphe's lecture series "Inside Chamber Music" for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He's like a modern-day Bernstein: he successfully manages to explain musical processes in a humorous, clear and engaging manner. Truly a great communicator. Here's one of my favorite lectures of his:


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    Been saving this one for a while.
    Would it save everybody a lot of time if I gave up and went mad now?

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    "Brilliant Interval Canon in Shostakovich Symphony No. 4, Movement 2"

    Richard Atkinson has a number of brief analyses of musical passages that interest him.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...SAb3B03Q-tnAIS

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    Now i'll never forget how to spell it!
    Would it save everybody a lot of time if I gave up and went mad now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel Ortiz View Post
    Now i'll never forget how to spell it!
    Oh God--it's etched into my brain!
    Last edited by Blancrocher; Jul-17-2017 at 16:13.

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    Stravinsky's Funeral Song EXPLAINED

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