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Old 06-29-2007, 05:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Symphony No. 2 (The Romantic) by Howard Hanson is absolutely gorgeous. An excerpt from it was used as the closing music for Alien.
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:19 PM   #12 (permalink)
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you guys know if there's anything by Samuel L. Hazo in store I can buy?
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Modern or early?...Anyone recommend any good composers? Albums?
I'd start with the early and work your way forward. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:

Baroque era:

Johann Sebastian Bach--The six "Brandenburg concertos"
Johann Pachelbel--"Canon in D"

Classical era:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart--Symphonies #40 and #41
Franz Josef Haydn--"The Horn Signal" (Symphony #31)

Transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras :

Ludwig van Beethoven--Symphonies #5 and #9
Franz Schubert--"The Great" (Symphony #9)

Romantic era:

Johannes Brahms--Symphony #4
Johann Strauss II--The Blue Danube
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:59 AM   #14 (permalink)
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JS Bach is truly a musical genius. I recommend everything by him as well.
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Try Grainger - Children's March
Or Zappa - Dog Breath Variations.
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Old 08-30-2007, 08:26 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I second the Brahms mention from an earlier post. In fact, most of the stuff that came from the Romantic era is absolutely amazing. I personally suggest looking into Faure and Ravel while you're at it. Both have some amazing classical pieces.

Aside from the above mentioned though, my favorite composer and one that I always end up suggesting would be Gustav Holst. Most of the 'planets' compositions are amazing.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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For new Classical Music people I have devised a short listening list of composers! 1, is for the easy listeners, and 4 is the hardcore Classical expert!
1. Mozart is a MUST for people looking for a start in Classical music, may I recommend-
The Symphonies, especially 41, 40 and 25. They are the most famous.
The Piano Concertos- 19-25, these are fabuolous. especcially the ones in C, D minor and in B.
Flute and Harp, and Clarinet Concertos, these are wonderful lyrical works, especcially the second movements of these Concertos.
Eine Kliene Nachtmusik, after the first few bars, how much do you know? These are incredibly famous works, that bring great pleasure if listened to start to finish.

Please know that Mozart is ONLY for new Classical music listeners, all people that have any intrest in classical music, very much like Mozart.

For the more Hardcore Mozart listener:
Mozart Piano Sonatas
Marriage of Figaro Opera.
Don Giovanni Opera.
The Magic Flute Opera.

Best Disk for a new Classical Music listener: The Very Best of Mozart.

2. Wagner and Beethovan and Mendelsohhm.
The Beethovan Piano Sonatas.
Ode-To-Joy.
Wagner-Die Meistersinger Opera.
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Mendelsohhn Violin Concerto.
Beethoven Piano Concerto.
Mendelsohhn Songs Without Words.
Daniel Barenboim is a must for all Beethoven Piano Works.

3. Vivaldi, Satie, Debussy, Hadyn, Handel.
The Seasons, Vivaldi, Is so famous, and so dramatic and eye-catching! You must listen to this if you love Vivaldi.
Satie-Gymnopedies-These are beautiful pieces from a Bewildered Composer.
Debussy- Suite Bergamesque, Preludes, Golliwog's Cakewalk, The Children's Corner.
Hadyn-The Father of the Symphony. The string quartets, and the London Symphonies are very famous.
Handel-This Baroque genius brings us very uplifting music, the Royal Fireworks music are prime examples of the joy Handel brings.

4.Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann,
J.S Bach, the Baroque Genius, the King of Counterpoint-Well Tempered Clavier, Cantatas, Air on the G String and Arioso.
Chopin-Ahhhhhhhhh, Chopin. My Favourite composer, with unique harmony, beautiful melodies and Patriotic lyricisim, a must for all pianists. Try the Etudes, op.10-op.25, Ballades 1-4, the large works of the Poet of the Piano, [Chopin] Four scherzo's, sugary seriousness, bitter sweet, playful and beautiful all in one. Nocturnes, Waltzes. Every one of Chopin's pieces are a masterpiece. For Chopin, Rubinstien is a must, along with Evgeny Kissin, and Valentina Igoshina.
Liszt- The Virtuso, Hungarian Rhapsodies, Consolations and Liebestraum, along with the two piano concertos.
Schumann-Album of the Young, Piano Concerto, and Dreaming, and of-course the Symphonies!

Hope this helps!
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Old 08-01-2009, 09:52 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Definitely John Adams, and if you want to get back into the early roots, try John Cage. Terry Reilly and Steve Reich did a lot of work with phasing and that's pretty cool stuff, too. I personally adore Michael Nyman. If you really like the strings, try Arvo Pärt's quartets. Henryk Górecki's third symphony is also BEAUTIFUL and more commonly known as the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:58 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A or anthing by Ravel, who was truly an original composer.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:36 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I prefer pop
So why are you posting in the Classical forum? lol it just seems strange...
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