Monday, June 24, 2013

Classical Music & My Favorite Composer...

So thanks to my good pal Joe, who so graciously gave me a huge stack of records a couple days ago, I decided I'd begin to listen to them all before officially adding them to my collection. (This was of course after I stopped fangirling over this bad boy, Disneyland's Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House which I have been searching for for a very long time now.) I decided to take a break from rock and roll for like two seconds and focus on my very strong, but sometimes ignored love for classical music. After taking A.P. Music Theory last year, a class I've regretted but thankful none the less for taking, I've been shy about expressing my love for classical music after being around people my own age who have spent most of their lives devoted to playing and perfecting music and just little old me who just has strong feelings for listening to music, but couldn't play a thing to say my life. Today however, I overcome my shyness. I'm listening to Pierre Monteux Conducts Tchaikowsky (Romeo & Juliet Overture) Mussorgsky (A Night on Bald Mountain) Rimsky-Korsakou (Capriccio Espagnol a.k.a the photograph pictured above. I really enjoy it, its beautiful music and while I don't recall ever hearing of such composer he seems like a nice guy with a cool mustache and has conducted some most beautiful music. I've begun by choosing the side the has Tchaikowsky's name across the top first. He is bar none my favorite composer, having composed some Iof my most favorite pieces. The record devotes one whole side to the Romeo and Juliet Overture which many will recall bits and pieces of the 19 minute and 49 second piece. While that may seem long by today's standards I do highly recommend the piece for its rather exciting through out unlike some I am aware of that even for me seem rather long and hard to listen to all the way through. I believe this is why I love Tchaikowsky's pieces so much, they're fantasy and therefore very easily create mental images/tell stories and therefore keep you entertained throughout the piece. I own another record I found with great delight at an antique store earlier this pass spring The Standard Treasury of The World's Great Music. It features Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minnor, Op.23, for Piano and Orchestra First Movement; Allegro non troppo e molto; Allegro con spirito along with Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, "Unfinished"  Band 1, 1st Movement; Allegro moderato Band 2, 2nd Movement; Andante con moto. I adore this record as well it's piece are what I love about classical music. They keep you engaged and take you somewhere you've never been before.  If you've never listened to classical music I'd suggest A. Going out and finding old classical records like Walt Disney presents the Great Composers, which was designed to teach children about all the greats (ie: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven ect and my personal face Tchaikovsky) that is if you have a record player. If you are not in possession of such musically playing device then B. My song suggestions to you:

If you have any suggestions to add to the list let me know down below I love discovering new composers or pieces by some of my favorites!


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