Music Genres: Classical Musics & Composers

When I was younger I always used to think that only old people who sat in leather chairs next to a coal fire were the type of people that listened to classical music, operas, and the sort. How wrong was I?! I love classical music! :smiley: I’ll go out on a limb and assume that if you’re reading this then you’re interested in classical music too, or maybe just classical composers? :stuck_out_tongue:

Do you have a particular favourite genre / style of classical music such as Renaissance, Medieval, Baroque, or the Romantic era type? Or maybe you like the modern and contemporary classical music?

Who’re your favourite composers? I can imagine the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, and others will come up! There are so many talented, legendary classical composers and musicians that I really can’t name them here! Instead, have a look at the List of classical music composers at Wikipedia. As I’m typing this I’m currently listening to The Nutcracker, Op. 71: No. 14 - Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Lovely music :slight_smile:

I’ll just list some of my favourite classical music and their composers below. Some of them I simply love and some of them really get me thinking and into a reflective mood. What effect does listening to classical music do to your mood?

  • Radetzky Marsch, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I
  • The Blue Danube - Johann Strauss
  • The Second March - Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Strauss and Co. - André Rieu
  • Boléro - Maurice Ravel
  • You Are My Hearts Delight - Fritz Löhner-Beda, Ludwig Herzer & Franz Lehár
  • Strauss Party - Hermann Dostal, Franz Lehár, Jacques Offenbach, Gioacchino Rossini, L. Stein & V. Leon
  • Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67 : I Allegro con brio - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Beethoven : Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92 : II Allegretto - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Grand Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 30, D. 617, Allegro Moderato - Franz Schubert
  • Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: I. Molto Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Kashmir - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page & John Bonham
  • Peer Gynt, Op. 23: “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
  • Carmen, Act I: l’amour Est un Oiseau Rebelle - Georges Bizet
  • Concerto No. 1 In E Major, ‘La Primavera’, RV 269: I. Allegro - Antonio Vivaldi
  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Cathartic Waltz - Peter Raeburn
  • Hooked On Tchaikovsky
  • The Nutcracker, Op. 71: No. 14 - Variation II (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy) - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Moonlight Sonata - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Masquerade - Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Ride of the Valkyries - Richard Wagner
  • Symphony No.9 Choral: IV. Ode to Joy (Die Hard) [Excerpt] - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • 1812 Overture Op.49 - Finale - Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

You’d think that all of them listed is all what I listen to…That list is only the half of it! :eek: I love classical music, operas, new age and alternative / contemporary music. I like to sometimes lie in bed with my iPod in and listen to some of the music with my eyes shut. I find that I enjoy the music more after a couple of glasses of wine though :lol:

I like most of the music from André Rieu’s album Forever Vienna :slight_smile: I have the album from iTunes and the physical DVD. Brilliant. Me and my Mum are hoping to see him in concert later on this year when he comes to do a tour in the UK! It will be magical! :smiley:

What I find amazing is that most of these musical pieces were composed over 100 years ago. I really find it amazing what the composers have produced and how even today symphony orchestras around the world can bring this music to life in a beautiful way. I’m so grateful that this has been able to happen so I can listen to all of the wonderful classical music that has been composed by these simply genius musicians!

In particular, Beethovens Symphony No.7 really gets me thinking and reflecting on myself as a person. Sometimes, when I do think and reflect whilst listening to this piece, it upsets me to know how much of a bad person I am. For me, it’s a piece of music that can really wake me up and slap me in the face to show myself who I really am. It’s an amazing piece of music.

I’ve typed way too much yet again. Maybe you’ve read all of this :stuck_out_tongue: If you have then grab yourself a cold drink (you’ll probably need an alcoholic beverage) after reading all this mumble jumble! :slight_smile: You’ve probably forgotten what the question was that I asked! :eek: :frowning:

Do you have a particular favourite genre / style of classical music such as Renaissance, Medieval, Baroque, or the Romantic era type? Or maybe you like the modern and contemporary classical music?

Who’re your favourite composers?

What effect does listening to classical music do to your mood?

Andrew Cooper

Beethoven’s 6th Symphony is my favourite. And for something light, Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons is nice.

I also quite like Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. And when I used to play the piano, I really liked playing Bartók.

I think that most people feel that classical music calms them down, or puts them in a relaxing and tranquil mood. But then again, it depends on what the classical music is!

I’m glad you didn’t need to resort to a drink after such a long post either :slight_smile:

Wow. Only classical music when you were growing up? That must have been hard at first, no?

Yawning at Mozart?! Hmmm to each their own really but heh, surprising, for some reason. Hándel, eh… What about Paganini?

Now that is a very very nice piece. I’m going to buy all versions when I’ve paid off my £7 debt to iTunes! I’d definitely want to listen to more than just that symphony though! You don’t like any other classical music then? Do you prefer Brahms or just that particular symphony?

Oh yes. I’ve just been listening to that today. I can’t wait to get a hold of a music file from iTunes so I can listen on my iPod. Have a look at my earlier post in the What Are You Listening To? thread. Have a listen to them both! :slight_smile:

Very funny! :lol:

Andrew Cooper

I also like classical music because its relaxing

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I’ve been trying to teach myself the Well Tempered Clavier Prelude on guitar. The Cello Suite prelude is utter badassness too.

I like most of the music I’ve heard from him, even the cantatas with their weird style singing. Glenn Gould was badass too, by the way.

Also, and I know swarms of people like this song, Pachelbel’s Canon is one of my favourite pieces of music that I’ve ever heard so far.

It’s one of those, you close your eyes and listen to, and you just feel powerful. Makes you feel charged up.

All those boring people who play it for their weddings, I don’t think they deserve it. It’s my song. Mine!

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I’m not an expert in classical music but I must say that one of my favourite composers is Erik Satie.
I like classical music because it calms me down but I’d not be able to listen to it all the time.

P.S. I’ve read your post and don’t need a drink :slight_smile:

The hardest to digest is Baroque for me. It’s pompous, like everything during that era was and I can listen to it only in small doses.

The only type of music allowed when I grew up was classical music, so I have many that I like/dislike.

Here are some of my favourites (in no particular order):

Saint-Saens
Rachmaninoff
Prokofiev
Puccini
Tchaikovsky
Dvorak
Liszt
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Debussy
Rossini

Some of my least favourite:

Händel (shivers)
Mozart (yawn)
Chopin (listened too often, too long)
Verdi (kitschig)

brahms symphony no. 1 in c minor, opus 68

the only symphony worth the time to listen to it all

(apparently it took him 14 years to finish this work)

yawn… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM