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  1. Vocal Music
    Schubert's setting of Muller's verse is generally reckoned to be the greatest song cycle ever written. Which versions on CD do you rate as the best?
  2. 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...
  3. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Béla Bartók's music is not one of my favorites and not one that I listen to often. But I do have a suspicion that he was one of the most important 20th century composer, certainly for the first half of the century. For example, his popular six string quartets must be one of the most influential...
  4. Opera
    A week ago I found from YouTube the following video: I would like to ask those who are accustomed to singing and hearing the tune above (and others), what do you think about Fleming's take? I read from the comments section that the last note is written, but not usually sang, since not...
  5. Classical Music Discussion
    What are your thoughts on the accordion as a (classical) musical instrument? What examples can you give of music written (classical setting, of course) for the accordion? What type of writing is best suited to the accordion? Usually one thinks of: *Polkas *Mexican pop music *Hungarians...
  6. Classical Music Discussion
    Can anyone recommend some good albums of classical harp music? Also any outstanding compositions for harp, either written specifically for the instrument or appropriated by the performer for it!
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    The beginning is very fast. Exciting. Then there is a short pause and the rest of the song begins to sadden. He "recaps" some of the exciting "moments" in the sad part. This piece was written in 1795. We know that he had a hard life. Around this time Mozart died. A year later, he became deaf...
  8. Today's Composers
    Hello, everyone. I suspect most of you are familiar with this form. Had a couple of questions. According to this lecture, the general form is: 1. Exposition (repeated) - First theme - Bridge - Second theme - Closing theme 2. Development 3. Recapitulation - First theme - Bridge - Second...
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