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  1. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Numerous examples exist where a great composer looked upon the past for inspiration. In doing so, he infused the past with the latest development to write new, beautiful music. Therefore I think the past is a critical source for writing new music in many cases. Best with some examples to show...
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    The 3rd movement of Jacques Ibert's orchestral work "Escales" came up on random play yesterday and for the first few seconds (before the strings came in) I thought I was listening to something by Steve Reich. Anyone else have examples of music that can (momentarily) disorientate the...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Hi everyone, I'm struggling trying to think of some examples of music (preferably classical) where there is a rest - or rather an interruption - in the music, which is of sufficient length, and inserted at the right time, such that during that pause, the listener cannot help but "fill in the...
  4. Music Theory
    For the Mahler scholars here, I was wondering where I could find a reference for musical quotes or variations from folksongs or other pieces as well as motifs that Mahler used within any (or all) of his symphonies. I want to be able to not just say that those are extant but also be able to have...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    I have been a fan of many different musical genres through the years. Classical music has always been accessible to me having played piano and classical guitar. Over the last few years popular music has either become almost unbearable or I am getting old :). I have recently begun searching...
  6. Music Theory
    I asked for examples about the first subject group changing mode in recapitulation since I thought that would be a good way to vary the recapitulation while still creating a feel of "return" and a sense of the music organized in sections. So it occurred to me you could have more general topic on...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    The debate about older legends has been appreciative or not inspired me to conjure up a thread where we can think of examples of recent recordings or performances beating out the older version. So I will start: is much better than the Furtwangler version almost 2 decades earlier: And...
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    Are there any classical composers that have had "One hit wonders", that is, there is a work by them that is in the classical repertoire perhaps, or is very well known and talked about, yet the rest of their oeuvre is basically unnoticed by people at large. This definitely and obviously exists...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    I have listened to little of Vivaldi's work. I just listened to Concerto Grosso D minor. I was struck by how much the fugue section sounded to me like the fugue at the end of Rocky, 'Rocky's Reward' by Bill Conti (which I always associated with Bach before that). Here's the fugue part: Here's...
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