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    Default Just joined 07/16/06

    Happened to come across this Forum while searching for something else, but since it appeared to be interesting, I thought I'd give it a try.

    My interests are primarily listening to Baroque instrumental music, but I also enjoy some of the later composers--until you get into the 20th century.

    The area where I live isn't known for having a lot of classical music fans, but fortunately we do have a fairly good Public Radio FM station, so that's where I'm usually parked.

    I work an evening shift (4pm to midnight), and, as a consequence, whatever live performances of classical music there may be in my area usually are held while I'm at work [We're a 24/7/365 operation where I work, so weekend work is usually the norm in many cases!]

    That being said, I hope to find some new friends here.

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    Your welcome here with all the late night posters. I myself usually close at my work (midnight) but I force myself to get bitchy and find some time off ;-). What may I ask were you searching for when you found us and what kind of Baroque artists are your favorites.

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    I was searching for reviews of classical music CD's.

    I can't really say that I have a particular favorite artist(s). I've enjoyed some of Sir Colin Davis's performances of Handel's oratorios and his Schubert symphonies.

    Right now I'm plodding my way through Adam Fischer's anthology of all of Haydn's symphonies. Whew!!
    The only instrument I play is the radio.....and then I just get static!

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    Wow thats surely a task. Haydn's orotorio's are some of my favorite pieces of music. The Creation and of course the Messaiah are my favorites.
    "Don't bother to look; I've composed all this already"
    -Gustav Mahler to Bruno Walter, who had stopped to admire mountain scenery in rural Austria

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    I remember there being an English translation of Haydn's "Creation" on the old LP format. (I get a lot more out of vocal music when I know first-hand what they're singing about!)
    Sir Colin Davis's "Messiah" of the middle 1960's was actually the very first oratorio album I ever purchased. Then a few years ago I came across that same work that Phillips re-issued on CD....wow, what a difference!!

    I don't know if anyone here is old enough to remember Walter/Wendy Carlos's "Switched On Bach" that was performed on the Moog Synthesizer that first came out in 1968, but that's really what got me hooked on Classical music. If I'm not mistaken, I think that it was earlier this year that Robert Moog, the guy who invented the Moog [hence its name] Synthesizer, died.

    Here's a question that I don't know if anyone can help me out on, but for what it's worth....

    Back some time in the early 1970's I vaguely re-call reading about a composer who wrote an oratorio entitled "Martyr's Mirror" that was based on a book by that same name.
    Whether or not it was ever recorded for the market, I don't know. I've never come across it in places such as Amazon, etc., so maybe it wasn't.

    The book is about the stories of primarily Dutch anabaptists who were martyred for their faith back in the 1600's or so. Some of it is strictly narrative, and some of it contains transcriptions of letters from these people prior to their death.

    Has anyone ever come across this in a recorded format?
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    A great welcome to z9kd3d9!

    How did you come specially to baroque music?

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    There wasn't just one thing in particular that attracted me to Baroque music.

    Some very general things about it that appeal to me would be:

    1) In many cases, the musical lines are simplier and somewhat easier for me to detect.

    2) The instrumental forces tend to be smaller in number which can lead to what I call a great clarity.

    I also enjoy listening to the polyphonic / counterpoint portions.
    The only instrument I play is the radio.....and then I just get static!

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    Hello
    Just saw this and intrigued that you like Baroque but most of the chat is Haydn, one of the dream composers. His symphonies are heaven, The Creation bliss, The Four Seasons wonderful, the piano sonatas much better than Mozarts & some unbelieveable chamber works. He is not Baroque though of course, the more famous are Vivaldi, so much more than just the overplayed 4 seasons, the Scarlatti's, Corelli, Valentini, Manfredini brothers etc.
    Would like to hear more from you
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    Denis (et. al.)--

    I fail to see exactly how you concluded that the content of my own posts is mostly Haydn.

    If one would kindly view my own quite limited CD collection, one would notice that just above said Haydn symphonies is a rather extensive collection by another composer whose last name also begins with "Ha."

    And, should one be so gracious as to continue looking backward, one will notice several CDs containing another German-born composer whose last name begins with "Ba."

    Moreover, I am quite aware of the contributions of the others you cited in the formation of the works by the above two cited German composers. Unfortunately, my funds have been a bit limited or their complete works would also grace the shelves of my own quite limited CD collection.

    Thankfully, all of the above composers (in either your or this post) lived in an era where borrowing from one another's works was considered a compliment of the highest order.

    An interesting thought would be to imagine just how long that noble "Band [no pun intented!] of Brothers" would last in today's era of copyright lawyers.
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    Hope you'll forgive my long delay in posting here. Of course, that's not to say that I haven't visited this forum w/out posting.

    I've got some questions that I hope some of you will be able to help me with:

    1) Does anyone know if there is a complete set of JS Bach's cantatas currently available on CD? (And if so, where, price, etc.)

    2) Does anyone know if there is a complete set of Handel's "Chandos Anthems" currently available on CD? (And if so, where, price, etc.)

    3) What is your opinion of the Musical Heritage Society? Have any of you found it worthwhile to join it? Advantages? Disadvantages? Are there better clubs for a classical music lover to join?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me on these questions!
    The only instrument I play is the radio.....and then I just get static!

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