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  1. Lord Lance's Avatar
    Horrible grammar. Good post.
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  2. regressivetransphobe's Avatar
    Good to know Dawkins found something outside his field of knowledge to talk about besides theology.
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  3. clavichorder's Avatar
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG_ftHbEGps

    These pieces are pretty GREAT.

    -clavichorder
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  4. huntsman's Avatar
    Superb!

    How to I find Parts 2&3?
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  5. Sid James's Avatar
    I certainly can't remember dismissing Schubert's symphonies, even though I'm a bigger fan of his chamber music by far. My opinion of his last two symphonies (well, three if you include the unfinished tenth completed by Brian Newbould) prefiguring Mahler and Bruckner - what Schumann called Schubert's "heavenly length" - corresponds with that quote you put above from Wikipedia. He was equally important to guys like Beethoven, in other words, in developing the symphonic genre to what it became later & some might say that he went farther than Beethoven in terms of the Great C-Major symphony being pronounced unplayable during Schubert's time by the Vienna Philharmonic. I don't remember them saying that about Beethoven's music, but yes his late string quartets were considered very very challenging, but not unplayable (maybe only just playable, but let's not split hairs)...
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  6. itywltmt's Avatar
    Didn't I tell you all this was the Summer of the String Quartet!!

    Welcome aboard!
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  7. An Die Freude's Avatar
    I would put Mendelssohn up there.
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  8. Jobe's Avatar
    Ah, the picture where Brahms doesn't look like Santa.

    I too am moved to tears

    Albeit an interesting article. Although, to an extent, beauty is defined by society. For example, some nations have a different appreciation of musical harmony and timbre. Although there is something innately lovely about Schubert's second movements, including piano pieces... Or at least the few that I've played/listened too.
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  9. peeyaj's Avatar
    I'm really happy with the placing of the list.
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  10. peeyaj's Avatar
    Frankly, I can't stop laughing reading this from Uncyclopedia..
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  11. peeyaj's Avatar
    Thanks, Andre..
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  12. Sid James's Avatar
    I can sympathise with peeyaj's views, but only from a position of relative ignorance. I have heard much less Schumann than peeyaj. So far, the man has been "hit and miss" for me.

    Last year, I acquired the most Schumann I have to date, a collection of recordings by Ansermet & the Suisse Romande (image below). I mainly bought it to get a recording of the Cello Concerto, which I was to see live in the middle of the year. This was the only work that really grabbed me on the 2 disc set (the legendary Maurice Gendron is soloist). Of course, I had heard the Piano Concerto before, and it is one of the most popular in the repertoire so it's no surprise I also like it (this is a rare live radio recording by Dinu Lipatti). The horn piece orchestrated by Ansermet and the first two symphonies haven't grabbed me much, but I might come back to them at one point when I'm in the mood.

    I also saw the Piano Quartet live last year, an interesting piece. Before they played it, the cellist explained that the cello has to be tuned down before the slow movement to play it's last note in that movement, which is quite unearthly and ethereal (a bit like a c19th presaging of Ligeti or Xenakis harmonies).

    I have heard a few of his longer solo piano works but never owned them. Etudes Symphoniques, Faschingshwank aus Wien & the Fantasy in C where the most interesting ones. I heard one of his piano trios for the first and only time last year at a recital, and it was more Romantic and emotional than what I have tended to think of him as before. I also remember hearing his 3 pieces for clarinet and piano at a song recital last year, and it was okay, but not earth shattering.

    I have heard none of his lieder to date. That will change, because a friend of mine has Dichterliebe on disc, and we will listen to that at some stage together.

    The Manfred Overture (on the Ansermet disc) and the 4th Symphony (which I used to have, but no longer do - but I can still remember it well) are probably my favourite works by him that I have heard (apart from the cello and piano concertos). I particularly like the way he deals with one theme throughout one work, without breaks in the movements (as in the 4th symphony and cello concerto). His music can have a very flowing, fluid quality not attained easily by many other composers. This is very innovative and speaks to what happened later in the c20th. I have heard the violin concerto on radio a few years back, I can remember that it was interesting, but I haven't rushed out to buy it.

    I do want to get a disc or two of his solo piano music. I have seen some budget releases by De Laroccha and Richter which I might get at some stage.

    He's a composer who, so far, I have been at opposite ends of the spectrum with - my reaction is either quite hot or quite cold - there is little in between. But like peeyaj, I'm still quite open to exploring his works further in the coming years...

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  13. Sid James's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by peeyaj
    Chamber music evolved from the French chanson, a vocal music comprising of four voices accompanied by a lute. In Italy, the chanson became known as canzona and evolved from its original form of vocal music into instrumental music often adapted for the organ.

    During the 17th century, the canzona evolved into the chamber sonata performed on two violins plus a melody instrument (ex. cello) and harmony instrument (ex. harpsichord).
    Thanks for that, peeyaj. Interesting history. I didn't know the above information. I thought that chamber music kind of sprung up from virtually nowhere in the Baroque period. Interesting to know that it came from earlier vocal/instrumental music...
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  14. peeyaj's Avatar
    @Harp

    There is, the ''Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra'' which plays Philippine folk music and some standard repertoire. Unfortunately, appreciation of classical music is non-existant in the country, and the orchestra is seen as aristrocratic..

    The Philippine Philharmonic was founded in 1973. If you are interested, you can read more here:

    http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph/page.php?page_id=87

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philipp...onic_Orchestra

    Like I said in the disclaimer, the list was written for fun.
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  15. HarpsichordConcerto's Avatar
    Reads like a school assignment.

    Does Philippines have a symphony orchestra? Whart does it play? What is its history?
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  16. Polednice's Avatar
    [QUOTE=peeyaj;bt57]It pains me to include Brahm's 4th..(cover his head) :p But no one can deny the greatness of this masterpiece. :)[/QUOTE]

    Hahahahaha! Defiant to the very end!
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  17. peeyaj's Avatar
    It pains me to include Brahm's 4th..(cover his head) But no one can deny the greatness of this masterpiece.
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  18. Polednice's Avatar
    *puts away a pitch-fork after careful consideration*

    No, no, it's a sound list - there are just so many symphonies to choose from, that a top-10 will inevitably rile [i]everyone[/i], but it still makes for a good read! :D
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  19. Polednice's Avatar
    It's good to see you include Brahms's 4th despite dissing him in another blog post :P

    As a matter of personal preference though, I'd probably switch Dvorak's 9th for his 7th, though the former is still a magnificent piece.
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  20. peeyaj's Avatar
    Thanks.. I think Mahler's works should work with you better and I know you are a big Mahler fan.. Thanks for the support.

    Pastorale should be higher on the list, but we don't want to be accussed of Beethoven's symphatizer.
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