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  1. Solved Cases (archive)
    Please help me to identify the piano encore that starts at 52:26. Daniil Trifonov says the name of the piece but I can't understand what he says. The piece is absolutely beautiful- can't stop playing it!
  2. Keyboard Instruments
    I can usually identify the signature sound of a great pianist. But what does 'tone' really mean? Whatever it is, I want to understand this concept more clearly so I can cease to be annoyed by my own defensive skepticism on it. Because to me it has less to do with the depressing of any...
  3. Off Topic Pub
    Old and Middle English sucks. Someone please help me understand it!
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Reading through Mahlerian's recent thread regarding educating audience... I began to wonder what this will include and whether it will help me "understand" certain pieces more. Lets look at this piece by Elgar for instance: At no point do I really ask myself "what's going on in this piece?"...
  5. Religious Music
    Vivaldi - Stabat Mater RV 621 I would like to find more title or composers that sound more like this, Would I be better off searching for Andreas Scholl? I understand it is the interpretation of a poem. Thanks
  6. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    I know many people aren't a fan of translated operas, and it wouldn't be my primary method either. But as a side niche it interests me a bit. So what versions of these (or other English translated) operas do you find to be of reasonably good quality? And if you can't actually understand the...
  7. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Sellout can be defined as "a betrayal of one's principles for reasons of expedience", in this case, artistic expediency. The question I ask here is whether do you think or have examples of composers selling out? It can be a difficult question but I think a necessary question that can help to...
  8. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    So I have available Solti's Rheingold and Götterdämmerung already available, and don't like repeat copies....hence looking elsewhere for a full Ring. I should wait and research and sample. But history suggests that I may buy a Ring Cycle within a week! These three appeal. I value sheer beauty...
  9. Classical Music Discussion
    A bit of background. At the time this article was written, Copland had already written both his early, more difficult works, inspired by Stravinsky, and also his New Deal-era populist works (also inspired by Stravinsky, just more diatonic). A few years later the critic Henry Pleasants was to...
  10. Classical Music Discussion
    So it is the 150th anniversary of Sibelius' birth. Many people (in particular Morton Feldman) said that Sibelius is ahead of his time, in e.g. the musical form and his symphonic idiom as supposed to Mahler. I don't think I really understand these discourses, and so could someone elaborate what...
  11. Music Theory
    What was Schoenberg trying to achieve? I've seen a bunch of articles on how he intended it to be performed but what I don't seem to understand is the -why-? Did he ever write about what the point was? What he was trying to express?
  12. Off Topic Pub
    A thread for everything regarding this great game. A simple game that reflects life, struggle, purpose, meaning, the step-by-step in day-to-day and minute-to-minute moment -- a mirror to reality. Truly, baseball is a different game. Actually, maybe even a banal game. Something every person can...
  13. Classical Music Discussion
    HI, Im looking for Works or Pieces that changed your way or feeling to understand the Classical Music , This week Im starting listening almost J.S Bach.
  14. Solo & Chamber Music
    I recently discovered these. Where they have been hiding all of these years is beyong me. Anyway, the preferences of forum members has been discussed many times, but not lately (I don't think). I have read many of these posts and listened to portions of the quartets by a few ensembles. Here...
  15. Music Theory
    Hey all, can anyone please help me understand enharmonic modulation using pivot chords? I attached an example that includes this modulation, but I don't get it! Any help is appreciated, thanks.
  16. Music Theory
    Hello, recently I've begun learning to sing the Bach cello suites as a way to train my ear (and of course, to enjoy my life to the fullest!) Except for the very low and high notes, they are happily in my register. I took classical music theory in college about 15 years ago but since have mostly...
  17. Classical Music Discussion
    This is probably the hardest time trying to understand and make sense of: Morton Feldman was easier for me to listen and comprehend.
  18. Opera
    I am new to Opera and have a basic question on the operatic work in general. I understand that their is the composer and the libretto. The libretto is the story or little book. Here is my confusion. The composer takes the words and creates the musical overture and all composition. Does the...
  19. Classical Music Discussion
    I love his earlier to neo-classical style musics, but is it just me who's uncomfortable with his later atonic musics?(like Abraham and Isaac) Is it because I couldn't understand his philosophy, or his later musics were just a bit of a failure? How would Stravinsky himself evaluate his later music?
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