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Old 08-24-2012, 08:24 PM   #121 (permalink)
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Yeah, the Funeral March is probably a better intro; more famous, more accessible, etc.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:46 PM   #122 (permalink)
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To be honest BD I found them a bit bland. I need tracks that are powerful, intense and dramatic. Do you know of any?
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If power is what you want, try...

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or if you're feeling particularly adventurous...


But really? The pathetique was bland to you? I've made babies cry playing that movement.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:23 PM   #124 (permalink)
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To be honest BD I found them a bit bland. I need tracks that are powerful, intense and dramatic. Do you know of any?
Even the Totentanz? That's usually one of my first rec's for that request, and especially when people are looking for a dramatic piece.

How about the third movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata?



Honestly, I think this was the first metal song ever written. It's not very "dark" but it is powerful and dramatic.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:53 AM   #125 (permalink)
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This genre is the least one I've explored. I want to steer away from Bach, Mozart (and some others I can't remember) and towards a more dramatic direction.

Any recs would be appreciated.
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Joaquín Turina: Fantastic Dances III. Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance.



Isaac Albéniz: Asturias. Enrique Granados: Spanish Dance n. 5 (Andalusian).



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Old 08-26-2012, 01:10 AM   #127 (permalink)
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Carl Orff: Carmina Burana. Richard Strauss: Thus Spoke Zarathustra.



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I just bought my first Karlheinz Stockhausen record - Mikrophonie 1/2. All I can say is WOW! I am also a fan of John Cage's Variations 4/5, which I find oddly soothing.

Are there other 'Modern Classical' recorded works in a similar found sound/musique concrete kind of vein that anyone might recommend? I find I am digging this stuff special.

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I just bought my first Karlheinz Stockhausen record - Mikrophonie 1/2. All I can say is WOW! I am also a fan of John Cage's Variations 4/5, which I find oddly soothing.

Are there other 'Modern Classical' recorded works in a similar found sound/musique concrete kind of vein that anyone might recommend? I find I am digging this stuff special.

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Check out the American composer George Crumb. A lot of his works are in a similar vein, but they offer a completely different listening experience at the same time. If you like Mikrophonie, the first ideal Crumb piece to check out is Microkosmos (I think that's how it's spelled - you'll find it anyways). It's not electronic (unlike many of Stockhausen's works), instead it is for solo piano. There is a video on YouTube of a performance of this piece which might help you understand how all the different sounds are coming from the piano.

You can also pedal back a few years to an earlier decade in the 20th century and check out Arnold Schoenberg - basically regarded as the father of all avant-garde music in the classical genre.

I would also suggest John Cage, but his music is part of a sub genre called "chance music" and I find that it's more for the seasoned listener of avant-garde music. Save his music for last. I feel the same way about Harry Partch too.

When you get comfortable with music from guys like Stockhausen and Crumb, the next logical step is minimalist music. LaMonte Young, Terry Riley, and Henry Cowell should all be checked out at this stage.

Wow I rambled, but I hope that you can follow it and that my initial suggestion of George Crumb is sufficient. Wikipedia is also a great resource as you can easily find the names of all their contemporaries and successors, even ones who are not well known.

EDIT: oops just saw that you listen to some Cage already. So never mind what I said. I do think that all his pieces that feature non-instruments (he was famous for using radio static to create music) should be saved for last, for example the piece called "Water Walk". But that's just my opinion.
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Yeah Cage's Variations 4/5 are the radio static stuff, and I really love that. Am already a huge Harry Partch fan also, especially when he sings or chants his tone poems.

I would say I am a seasoned noise and avant listener more from the rock world, making inroads into the modern classical area. I just can't believe how fresh and exciting some of this stuff sounds.

Thank you for the recommendations. I will check them out most definitely.
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