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    Default What's your favorite piece of classical music discovered through a soundtrack?

    I heard one of my favorite pieces of classical music, The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, for the first time when I watched the film Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt).

    Which piece of classical music did you discover through a soundtrack?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trkFgIMC-Ks

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VZq08O6Vco

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e83Z...RRo_kx&index=3
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    Amadeus -> Mozart - Requiem: Lacrimosa

    Can't top that!

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    Ligeti's Atmospheres from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Shubert piano trio, Barry Lyndon.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    I'd say all pieces from Disney's Fantasia. I was a child when I saw it for the first time.

    Then Ligeti and Katchaturian from Kubrick's 2001

    Handel's sarabande from Kubrick's Barry Lyndon

    Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" (Gianni Schicchi) from Ivory's A Room with a View.

    ....

    There are more for sure, these are those I remember now.

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    Dvorak New World Symphony though One Piece

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    Quote Originally Posted by GioCar View Post
    I'd say all pieces from Disney's Fantasia. I was a child when I saw it for the first time.
    Yep. Outside of initial exposure, the music didn't mean that much when I saw it as a kid. They did a remastered theatre run when I was in college, and it really got me then.

    The same thing with the Ligeti Requiem from A Space Odyssey. I didn't connect with that until six months ago. But I thought the opening from Also Sprach Zarathustra was cool. I think that was just about everyone's first exposure to that piece.

    There was an old movie Elvira Madigan which was a lot of people's introduction to Mozart's 21st piano concerto. I never saw the movie, but the piece got tons of airplay as the Theme from Elvira Madigan.

    One piece I discovered not so much from a film but from a musical was Grieg's Piano Concerto. Back in my college days, I was playing in the orchestra for How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. At one point the protagonist sees his beloved for the first time, and the piano bursts in with a fanfare. The trombonist uttered, "Oh, the Grieg." That's when I figured I needed to hunt this piece down. (Another pleasant memory of that night was noticing a lovely flautist at the next stand. We started dating from that encounter in the orchestra pit. Maybe the Grieg was setting our hearts aflutter also. Of course, she's long gone now, but I still have several recordings of the Grieg.)
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    I don't listen to soundtracks, but back in the '70s, a friend had the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey. We listened to the (2?) Ligeti and (2?) Bach (I think it was) tracks over and over. It was through that soundtrack that I discovered Ligeti's Lux Æterna.

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    SORRY i do not have just one favorite piece of music really i have a long laundry Attachment 35318list of favorites.

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    Another one I discovered through a soundtrack: Mozart - Divertimento in D major, K. 136 through Out of Africa.

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    Shutter Island uses excerpts from Mahler's Piano Quartet. Not only did it introduce that piece to me, but it jump-started my spike in interest in Mahler (at the time I was just hearing of him from other sources) that would lead to my eventual love of his symphonies

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    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - Act 1 - Pas de deux - Andante through Black Swan

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    The Symphony No. 1 in D major by Gustav Mahler. I discovered it through the film, 'Sitcom'. It's a 1998 French surrealistic satire film written and directed by François Ozon.

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    death in venice

    my first meeting with symphony no 5 and with the fantastic and extraordinary world of Gustav Mahler

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    The Vivaldi piece from Barry Lyndon. A movement from E minor Cello Sonata, arranged for orchestra. Not a fan of the arrangement but a fan of the piece itself.

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