- Liebestraum (3), Franz Liszt: meh. Slow and boring piano.
- Prelude in C Minor, Opus 28, Number 20 , Frederic Chopin: Nice because it's familiar. It was the inpsiration for Barry Manilow's Could it be Magic.
- Radetzky March, Johann Strauss: Kind of fun. I'm told they play it on New Years Eve in Austria. The crowd claps along.
- Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 , Franz Liszt: One of my favorites. The Egg McMuffin Song!
- "O Fortuna," Carmina Burana (1936), Carl Orff: C'mon, you know this one. Scary movie stuff. And video games.
- Ride of the Valkyries (1856), Richard Wagner: Stirring and ubiquitous.
- Symphony No. 5, 1st and 2nd movements (1808), Ludvig von Beethoven: A standard. One of the pieces I knew I would like going in. This is a loud, bombastic one.
- Etude Op. 39 No. 6 (1886?), Sergei Rachmaninoff: I didn't really like this one. Too "'banging on the piano."
- Sonata Op.1, No. 13, George F. Handel: Very pretty and soothing. The saxophone sounds almost like a flute.
- Symphony #9 "From the New World," 1st movement (1893), Antonin Dvorak: I just didn't like it all that much. It was loud and creaky. Commonly called the "New World Symphony."
- Unto Us a Child is Born (1742), George F. Handel: One of my favorite Christmas pieces of all time.
- Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht, Op. 49, No. 4 (1868), Johannes Brahms: Commonly known as "Brahms' Lullaby," and sung the world over. Played as written (as it is in this link), it's much more soaring and less soothing.
- Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland (1942): Loud and brassy. More sad than inspiring. It makes me think of space travel.
- Rhapsody in Blue (1924), George Gershwin: Amusing and energetic. At the time it was written in 1924, it was purely experimental.
- Out of Doors Sonata (1926), Bela Bartok: Rather like listening to someone bang on a piano while a train goes by. Abrupt and discordant.
- The Anvil Chorus, Il Trovatore (1853), Guiseppe Verdi: I've heard parts of this before, but not the whole thing through until now. It's not bad. Very energetic and powerful.
- Dies Irae, Requiem Mass, Verdi: Dies Irae means "Day of Anger," which represents the anger of God during Armageddon. This certainly sounds angry, and it has some good sections.
- William Tell Overture (1829), Giochino Rossini: Most of us know this one as the theme from The Lone Ranger. Energetic and familiar.
- Minuet in G Major (1721?), Christian Petzold: Very familiar and light melody, reminiscent of springtime and music boxes.
- "Dawn" from Thus Spake Zarathustra (1869), Richard Strauss: Used in "2001: A Space Odyssey." I had no idea it was so old...in fact, I didn't know the piece had a name other than "theme from Space Odyssey." It's powerful and well-parodied with lots of timpani and blaring horns.
- Ode to Joy (1824), Ludvig von Beethoven: I remember my dad playing this when I was a kid - the German recording, which drove me crazy because I couldn't understand it. Imagine my surprise when they sang it in English at church. Another high-energy piece by Beethhoven, the last part of his 9th Symphony.
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: I'm pretty sure that Bugs Bunny sang to this one. It's a happy tune, and it's easy to imagine gentlemen in waistcoats and ladies in hoop skirts dancing and chatting as this plays in the background.
- Hallelujah Chorus (1741), George Frideric Handel: It may be impossible to live in a part of the world where Christmas is celebrated and not have heard this work. It has to be one of my favorites.
- Treulich Gefurt (Wedding March) (1850), Richard Wagner: The wedding march standard, originally from the opera Lohengrin. Actually a little timeworn, in my opinion.
Friday, July 10, 2009
100 pieces of classical music
As part of the 2nd 101 Things in 1001 Days, I am listening to 100 pieces of classical music, in no particular order or style.