bach partitas


More “stairwell Bach” from the 8th floor. I also tried putting the phone on the 1st floor thinking it would sound cool, but it was just a muddy reverb-y mess.

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y’all think I’m joking about the mosh pits at the symphony, but I’m dead serious.

classical music concerts have seriously become way too stuffy, and it’s genuinely making people hate the genre entirely. no one wants to come to a concert where they’ll get chastised for clapping at the wrong time or breathing too loud. and I get that you can’t headbang to a bach partita, but for some composers, their music wasn’t meant to be listened to in a stone-faced, reverent silence that’s required at all classical concerts. 

at any given symphony, there’s around 100 musicians on stage, and the concert halls usually have unbelievably great acoustics. it’s like nothing else, and we’re expected to just sit quietly during these epic brass and percussion parts? the musicians are pouring their hearts out and the conductor is literally dripping sweat onto his score, and we can only show a minimal amount of enthusiasm? that’s bull.

at heavy metal concerts, people will mosh and headbang even if the music isn’t particularly great, because that’s just what you’re expected to do. at classical concerts, people just sit, seemingly unimpressed and critical and on the verge of falling asleep, because that’s what you’re expected to do. it’s a relatively recent phenomenon, and I think it’s something that can be changed and should be changed if we want more people to be able to listen to and sincerely enjoy classical music.


I’ve discovered that the dorm stairwell is a fun place to play music (at University of Southern California)

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imagine a version of guitar hero for orchestral instruments

some of the song choices could be mozart concertos, vivaldi concertos, the bach partitas, beethoven quartets, tchaikovsky symphonies, etc

and if you play something on easy you could play (for example) the second violin part, if you play something on medium it could be the first violin part, and if you play something on hard you would play the solo violin part

and for the bonus songs you could have some really weird “modern” stuff, like schoenberg or stravinsky or even iannis xenakis because why not

for the venue, you could start out playing at a crappy school recital and then gradually work your way up to some random opera house in germany or carnegie hall

AND IMAGINE THE CHARACTERS YOU COULD PLAY AS. you could have mozart, clara schumann, tchaikovsky, rachmaninoff, chopin, or hilary hahn idk

and you could choose between playing on a toy keyboard or a grand piano, an electric violin or a strad–endless possibilities

it could be fun

  • me: can i please have some motivation to do homework
  • my brain: bach partita no. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
  • me: we can do that later but now we have to do school stuff it's literally due tomorrow
  • my brain: sh no we don't
  • me: shit u right

Bach - Partita in c minor, BWV 268

As much as I love Bach’s keyboard suites, I don’t treat them the same way I usually treat other sets of works. I’ll listen to them back to back and won’t be able to distinguish each from the other except for their keys or just the opening. So even though I have listened to this partita many times before, I haven’t actually retained it, and I think it would be nice to revisit the work for my 30 day challenge. The six keyboard Partitas were published as a volume “Clavier-Übung I” [Keyboard Exercises book 1], but despite being the first set of works he published, [yes, this is Bach’s opus 1] they were actually written after his English and French suites. The second partita opens with thick chords, a melody rising like the opening of a curtain. Beethoven seems to have been inspired by this work because the opening is similar to his introduction to the Pathétique Sonata. It is in the style of a French Overture, so it has a slower opening half and a rapid fugue for the second half. The Allemande has a more subtle mood, closer to the two or three part inventions. The Courante is more dignified like court music but also subdued, and the use of rushed notes gives it a bit of a bounce. The Sarabande is delicate, the slow moving voices in harmony feel like a painting of a landscape at night. The ending Rondeau and Capriccio bring us to a lively conclusion, though remaining in c minor, it isn’t very care free or humorous, and we are sent off in the same severity that came with the opening bars.


1. Sinfonia

2. Allemande

3. Courante

4. Sarabande

5. Rondeau

6. Capriccio


A daily dose of Bach 

Partita for Violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004  -  4. Giga 

Itzhak Perlman, violin

anonymous asked:

What are your favorite pieces you like listening it? I wanna appreciate music some more and have more motivation to practice my violin :')

I’ll specifically give you some violin pieces:
-sibelius concerto in d minor
-wilhelm peterson-berger concerto
-poeme by ernest chausson
-respighi violin concerto
-korngold concerto
-bach sonatas and partitas
-almost anything by tchaikovsky
-almost anything by vivaldi (like the seasons)
-bifu from the hilary hahn encores
-chaconne by vitali

anonymous asked:

Okay, I need your help dear Richard. I'm trying to make a playlist of classical music that isn't super slow but has a more ambient feel. Like good for studying and concentration. Can you help?


Western Wind Mass


Spem in alium


Partita no. 6, mvt. 1
Goldberg Variations: Aria


Symphony no. 6, mvts. 1 and 2
Piano Sonata no. 32, mvt. 2


Requiem: In Paradisum


Symphonie fantastique, mvt. 3


Préludes: La cathédrale engloutie
String Quartet in G minor


Shéhérazade, mvt. II
Pavane pour une infante défunte
String Quartet in F
Gaspard de la nuit: Ondine
Ma mère l’oye


Les sirènes


Spiegel im Spiegel

A Key a Day - F Major/D Minor

Day 2 of A Key a Day!

F Major

A.Vivaldi: Violin Concerto “Autumn” from The Four Seasons

L. V. Beethoven: Violin Sonata no. 5 “Spring”

D. Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 3

W. A. Mozart: “Exsultate, jubilate” for soprano and orchestra

D. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no. 2

F. Schubert: Octet D. 803

Omg no way only six pieces I hate myself so much


D Minor

Okay get ready this will be long instead

W. A. Mozart: Overture to “Don Giovanni”

D. Shostakovich: Symphony no. 5

J. Sibelius: Violin Concerto

E. Lalo: Cello Concerto

C. Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto no. 2

J. S. Bach: Double Violin Concerto

N. Paganini: Violin Concerto no. 4

J. Brahms: Violin Sonata no. 3

C. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata no. 1

W. A. Mozart: String Quartet no. 15

A. Vivaldi: Sonata a tre “La Folia”

W. A. Mozart: String Quartet no. 13

J. Sibelius: String Quartet “Voces Intimae”

F. Schubert: String Quartet no. 14 “Death and the Maiden”

D. Shostakovich: Cello Sonata op. 40

J. S. Bach: Partita no. 2 for Violin Solo

E. Ysaÿe: Violin Sonata no. 3 “Ballade”

W. A. Mozart: Requiem

A. Corelli: Violin Sonata “La Folia”

Tomorrow I will do Bb Major/G Minor even though I probably have like one piece in Bb. Greattttttttt