So, tonight I spent some time listening to:
- 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.