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Originally Posted by StevenOBrien
I'm pulling the following from a blog comment I wrote a while ago on another site, so forgive me if it seems a little inconsistent or dumbed down at times. It contains a whole bunch of resources and courses that are available online, as well as links to some very helpful theory books.
Yale lecture series to start you off
How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, by Robert Greenberg
Understanding the fundamentals of music, by Robert Greenberg
#1. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen - Hans Hotter, Birgit Nilsson, Kirsten Flagstad, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Wolfgang Windgassen; Sir Georg Solti: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus (Decca) 1958-1965 (http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/...?album_id=4708)
#2. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Glenn Gould (Sony) 1955 (http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/...p?album_id=445)
Goneril's and Regan's declarations of love for their father ought to be done in the style of a treacly pop ballad, a la "My Heart Will Go On." At that moment in the play Lear should personify the people who like that kind of thing: fake sentimentality rather than genuine emotion.
The play's conflict between honesty and hope will be embodied in the music. Everything fake (or calculated to preserve the inauthenticity) in the play will be in simple musical styles: 3/4 or 4/4
1. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 in C minor (op. 111)
2. Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor (op. 67)
3. Schubert: String Quintet in C (D 956)
4. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
5. Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier
6. Shostakovich: String Quartet #8 in C minor
7. Beethoven: String Quartet #14 (op. 131)
8. Beethoven: Piano Sonata #30 in E (op. 109)
9. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in C minor (op. 18)
10. Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor (K.
I've often heard classical music fans worry that not enough people like our music. Classical music is dying, only old people go to concerts, etc....
I've become convinced that at least some of this is wishful thinking. A lot of us wish to be the only people who like classical music. We hope to distinguish ourselves by our good taste from the rubes around us. We hope younger generations won't listen to the music so that we can be more elite, relative to them.