Chopin, MacDowell, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, some Mozart/Beethoven, Liszt, Bach is also good. I usually prefer classical music on the piano, hence my selections. Brahms should precede Rach in this list since I find him much more difficult to play well. Bach is very technical and was very innovative in his day. Not too many virtuosos who don't owe their very career to him, either.
Yes -- all of the above -- Chopin is wickedly clever, and Bach amazes me he is sooo devious; Rachmaninoff I just recently rediscovered and am happy to have done so . . . .
I don't play, but my ears sure do like to listen. . . Mozart's Requiem gives me the chills, as does Faure's; also a fan of early church music (music, not the chants so much) -- some of those early motets are fiendishly difficult to sing (the choir master nearly put me on the bench for throwing my shoe at him).
Beethoven is my favorite, but I like a lot of classical composers. My mom listens to almost nothing written after 1900, so I pretty much grew up on them. Other favorites: Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Vivaldi, some Mendelssohn and Chopin, some Saint Saens and Khachaturian and Orff and Ravel and Strauss and on and on...
Hooray -- someone who confesses liking Vivaldi! I do, too -- where I'm from it's now considered naff to admit to liking the Four Seasons -- I think it rocks and am still a great fan of Nigel Kennedy's version.
Cal Orff's Carmina Burana -- we sang that once, and had so much fun with the skipping rhythms -- it made my Latin so much better, too. . .
I would say Beethoven is my favorite.He was a legend in classical compose.
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I liked that one piece by Claude DeBussey "Clair de lune", it's in all the Ocean's Eleven movies and is an ace piece of classical music.
For you Classical Music junkies out there, please check out my hub on about Handel's opera, Semele.
Three new hubs for Classical music lovers: (i) Mozart's Requiem; (ii) Schubert's kunstlieder; (iii) Bach's Johannespassion. Check them out.
Beethoven's 9 symphonies are said to have been inspired by the Elohim, providing complete cycles for soul evolution, true soul stirring into the depths and to "enlightenment".
I like Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and Bach for studying, to keep my mind from wondering!
A favorite?...that is hard to say...probably ancient East Indian Bhajans...are those considered classical !?
If the Elohim inspired Beethoven's 9th, surely they played some part in Bach's composition of the Johannes-passion.
Elgar - especially his Cello Concerto and Enigma Variations.
Barber--Adagio for Strings. Considered classical? I dunno, but it has inspired some emotional poems from me.
Other than that, Beethoven by far.
the Adagio is really something, eh? I've just started being able to listen to it again (it made me cry for the longest time, it is so moving) -- which leads me to ask everyone, not just Lita:
how many times have you found yourself actually crying with joy at live classical or baroque or any live orchestra or quar- quin- sextet? Some folk I know won't sit near me at concerts. . .
Naw, I'm a weird romantic writer/artist thing. I drink wine and listen to emotional music in private and it inspires me--when I hear something like that I want to put it into words or paint it (somehow, sometimes both).
Alone, you can bawl freely, too. A benefit.
speaking of painting, I meant to ask you earlier: did you paint the great picture at the head of your hub on 10 great books? I like!
No, that to me looks like an Edvard Munch, tho it could just be in his style... I just grabbed it, as it fit...bad of me, I know...
I would have to toss a coin between Nicolo Paganini and Johann Pachelbel. With both appealing to each side of my complex personality it would be a mistake on my part to choose just one.
Paganini speaks to the chaos of my humanity whereas Pachelbel appeals to my understanding of the subtle complexity of life.
Iowa City--University Auditorium, few years ago... Not a big classical performance center, the wilds of Northern Arizona.
When is the last time you've seen a saguaro or a creosote? Have you EVER seen a saguaro or a creosote? lol
My head is going to explode! Thank you all for reminding me of these composers (I have dueling Bizet and Tchaikovsky in my brain at the moment, and that's quite bizzare). (There's probably a law against it, in fact).
Wish I could remember the names of all the pieces of music I like. . . I feel like such a nurp when people start throwing their first symphonies around, or say things like "don't you just melt in the slow movement?" -- which sounds rather dirty, actually, sorry.
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