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    Hello all,

    I'm working on a new screenplay about a pianist and for this film I'd like to feature some beautiful adagio classical pieces. Or, at the very least, I'd love to hear some adagio pieces that will inspire me in my writing. I've always appreciated classical music but am poorly informed as to the specifics of composers, etc. and would love any help since I am such a newbie

    The piece I'm very fond of right now is Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. (I believe in C minor.)

    Are there any beautiful adagio pieces similar to this one that you guys would recommend for me to listen to? I love piano concertos, but violin, cello, any of it is beautiful - I'm clueless, so basically I'm open to any suggestions!

    Thanks so much!
    ~Shayna
    Last edited by shayna44; Jan-22-2006 at 04:53.

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    hi, shayn... get music in minor keys for "pensive" "dark" "melancholic" moods.. perhaps you might try albinoni's works. so much adagio and grave there. try beethoven's pathetique too, second movement. rachmaninoff? definitely! i love him! listen to his vocalise. its a minor work though (not to be confused with minor key). listen to rach's III (rachmaninoff's concerto no. 3) its colossal!!!

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    Ravel-piano concerto, second movement
    Shostakovich-second piano concerto, second movement
    Gerald Finzi-ecologue

    there you go-just for starters,not sure whether its a good thing but I could go on and on-try these and see if they might be 'fit for purpose'

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    just noticed the date so it looks like my post is redundant

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    Not sure if the OP specifically wants adagios involving the piano, or any nice ones in general. Jim Prideaux beat me to some of what I would have recommended.

    Some other pieces that may be inspiring to a writer:

    Second movement from Beethoven's seventh symphony.
    Slow movement from Schubert's "Death and maiden" quartet.
    Slow movement from some Mozart piano concertos, such as number 21 and 23.
    Just about any 16th century choral music; Allegri's "Miserere" comes to mind, as well as just about anything and everything by Tallis.

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    My understanding is the OP eventually finished his screenplay, which was made into a hit movie: Big Momma's House 3.

    It's nice to see this community helping out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMamba View Post
    My understanding is the OP eventually finished his screenplay, which was made into a hit movie: Big Momma's House 3.

    It's nice to see this community helping out.
    I didn't know Big Momma played the piano, I'll have to re-watch it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer View Post
    I didn't know Big Momma played the piano, I'll have to re-watch it now!
    Better get the director's cut on DVD.
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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