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  1. New Member Introductions
    Greetings Fellow Classical Music Lovers, I have been spending time reading the excellent posts and enjoying the (sometimes) spirited discussion for some time and thought it might be time to introduce myself. I compose and produce music under the moniker, Dr G. The journey started in 2002, and...
  2. Orchestral Music
    Should there be a first Bruckner set by Rattle and LSO with complete finales? I read that Simon Rattle will begin his new work as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra this September 2017. He is not maybe the taste of everyone but I was very satisfied with his Mahler symphonies from...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Hi, I'm new to classical music. I'm mostly into metal and rock. Movie scores have been my entry to the world of classical music. I'm talking scores like Ennio Morricone "Exorcist 2" Mark Mancina "Twister" Joe Renzetti "Poltergeist 3" the end is beautiful sad piano music. That twister score...
  4. Orchestral Music
    In my opinion considering beethoven symphony as the subject, beethovens third and sixth are the most perfect in terms of form subject matter and expression. The third is in my opinion slightly inferior to the sixth. I have always found the final movement of the eroica disappointing. It seems as...
  5. Orchestral Music
    Just curious how they will rank here.
  6. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    I am seeing a CD claiming to have some performances from the late 1940s taken from 78 rpm records: Track Listings 1. Norma: Aria E Cabaleta Di Norma Dall'Atto I: 'Casta Diva...Ah! Bello A Me Ritorna' 2. I Puritani: Aria E Cabaleta Di Elvira Dall'Atto II: 'O Rendetemi La Speme...Qui La...
  7. Blog
    Understanding Mahler's Sixth Symphony Continued from Part 1. Analysis The finale opens with a low C. A disembodied seventh chord (like that in the scherzo) is greeted by a flurry of string tremolos and harp glissandi. A melody in the strings begins tentatively with an upwards leap of an...
  8. Blog
    Understanding Mahler's Sixth Symphony IV. Finale Owing to the length of this movement, the analysis has been separated into its own entry. Form Introduction 0:00~0:41 Introductory fanfare (C minor->A minor) 0:41~2:52 Thematic fragments (A minor) 2:52~5:04 Chorale, theme (C minor->G minor->C...
  9. Blog
    Understanding Beethoven's Ninth IV. Finale: Presto Form 0:00~3:24 Introduction, Reminiscences (D minor->A minor->B-flat major) 3:24~6:24 Theme and variations (D major) 6:24~7:20 Transition (D major->D minor) 7:20~8:09 Bass recitative (D minor->D major) 8:09~10:28 Choir and soloists enter...
  10. Blog
    Understanding Mahler's Fifth Symphony Part 6: V - Rondo-Finale Form 0:00~0:33 Introduction (D major) 0:33~2:28 Theme group 1 and fugato (D major) 2:28~3:24 Theme varied (D major->B-flat major->D major) 3:24~4:19 Theme 2 (B major) 4:19~5:22 Codetta (B major->G major->D major->A major)...
  11. Blog
    V. Finale Form 0:00~1:35 Introduction (C minor/major) 1:36~5:03 Horn calls, themes (F minor/major) 5:04~7:30 Lamenting theme (B-flat minor) 7:30~9:30 Exposition Coda (C major/minor) 9:30~13:10 March (F minor->F major->F minor) 13:10~15:05 Lamenting theme, off-stage band (E-flat minor->F...
  12. Orchestral Music
    I don't think I need to list examples because it seems quite common for symphonies to end with some sort of fireworks to let the audience know when to clap. But is there a technical term to cover the phenomena? I don't mean "finale", which to my knowledge would refer to all of the movement -...
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