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  1. Music Theory
    I've seen a few users on TC express their dislike of minor/dark pieces as being pretentious or too appealing to the masses? Is this just personal frustration or is there something to this?
  2. Non-Classical Music
    I realized that I had a lot of this kind of pop music but then looking more carefully, it seems I have more of it from the 1960s. Some of it might just sound "sweet" but not innovative, but I've found that "sweetness" in music is usually a sign of great control or great conscious choice not...
  3. Non-Classical Music
    Do you look down on the normal, relatively simple kind of popular music normal people listen to as something that hardly requires any talent at least when it comes to composing it?
  4. News, Concerts and Events
    Starting off a new thread to cover the RLPO 2015-16 concert season, launched last night in style by Vasily Petreno in his usual good humour. A very popular programme, featuring the Rachmaninov Second Piano concerto but was given an immaculate performance by Ji Liu, who I think quite wisely did...
  5. Off Topic Pub
    Alright we all love our cookies one way or another. There are so many types. So below I have listed fourteen of the more popular ones (I think) but of course you can list others that you enjoy eating. I loves cookies.
  6. Music Theory
    How much does it differ from CP tonality? How "functional" (whatever that means!) it is? I don't think the V-I cadence is actually all that important for "establishing tonality" in popular music. I mean, I guess it's fairly common to end a piece/section with those chords but I think that's more...
  7. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    A very simple question that might make you think a little more from your own perspective: "Do you like to help other listeners"? Helping comes in many different ways or maybe just a few. It means different things to different listeners in classical music. Best with an example or two, with me...
  8. Classical Music Discussion
    Reading this explanation of Adorno's critique of Jazz and Pop music in general, I want to draw your attention to the following passage: "These formal aspects of jazz are of particular importance for Adorno because he wants to point out the similarities of jazz not only to more commercialized...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    Some pieces of music are popular and are played, and listened to a lot. Other pieces are more obscure and are not played, or listened to very often. There is a reason for this, simply the popular pieces are better musically. Some "Experts" will claim that some of the more obscure pieces...
  10. Off Topic Pub
    This is a thread to talk about medical problems, personal losses, and the general miseries of life. You may get good suggestions or, at the least, some comfort and sympathy from forum friends. The thread has been popular on another site and may be here. Anyway, I have nothing to write about...
  11. Ballet
    I am genuinely curious whether people here think that ballet is less popular than opera?
  12. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    I was discussing this question about whether should classical music be more popular today? By classical music, I mean all classical music eras and genres from centuries ago to composed fine music today. I said "yes" but a friend in the discussion group actually said "no" to our surprise. Her...
  13. Opera
    Following on from forum member albertfallickwang's excellent thread on cuts in opera, I was wondering what others thought about corrections to perceived errors and weaknesses by composers and conductors? The one which is most familiar to me is Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov which was 'corrected' by...
  14. Classical Music Discussion
    I noticed on another thread somebody suggesting that John Williams wrote greater music than (say) Barber, Ives, Adams, etc. Why? Because it is more popular. If it is more popular (and I think it is) that suggests that it is certainly "greater" than the music we mostly talk about around here in...
  15. Orchestral Music
    Some excellent ones like Scharwenka's piano concerti come to mind. Unjustly regretted. What about you? Heard/know any such which deserve more acknowledgement? And Prokofiev's or Bartok's/[any other mainstream composers] concertos don't come close, so please don't include them here. They are...
  16. Classical Music Discussion
    Wikipedia remarks that Beethoven's famous 2nd movement from his 7th symphony had to be encored "immediately". When it says "immediately", does it mean that they actually encored the 2nd movement immediately, right as the 2nd movement finished? Or did they play the 2nd movement again at the...
  17. Blog
    Understanding Mahler's Fifth Symphony Part 5: IV - Adagietto Form 0:00~4:00 Theme (F major->A minor->F major) 4:00~5:36 Variations on theme (C minor->G-flat major) 5:36~6:51 Modulating passage (G-flat major->E major->D major) 6:51~9:41 Varied reprise (F major) One of Mahler's most...
  18. Blog
    Understanding Mahler Part 4: The Content of Mahler's Works The Popular and the Noble At the beginning of the third movement of Mahler's first symphony, a lone timpanist beats a slow rhythm. It is shortly joined by a single double bass playing a funereal rendition of Frere Jaques (a tune...
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