Monday, November 09, 2009

Staying on track with the 2nd 101

One of my 101 Things in 1001 Days is to listen to 100 works of classical music. I don't consider myself a fan, or an aficionado, but I'd like to be a little more well-rounded, musically.

So, tonight I spent some time listening to:

  1. 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."

  2. Unto Us a Child is Born (1742), George F. Handel: One of my favorite Christmas pieces of all time.

  3. 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.

  4. Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland (1942): Loud and brassy. More sad than inspiring. It makes me think of space travel.

  5. Rhapsody in Blue (1924), George Gershwin: Amusing and energetic. At the time it was written in 1924, it was purely experimental.

  6. Out of Doors Sonata (1926), Bela Bartok: Rather like listening to someone bang on a piano while a train goes by. Abrupt and discordant.

  7. 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.

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