brandenburg concerto

I’ve seen a lot of curious people wanting to dive into classical music but don’t know where to start, so I have written out a list of pieces to listen to depending on mood. I’ve only put out a few, but please add more if you want to. hope this helps y’all out. :)

stereotypical delightful classical music:

if you need to chill:

if you need to sleep:

if you need to wake up:

if you are feeling very proud:

if you feel really excited:

if you are angry and you want to take a baseball bat and start hitting a bush:

if you want to cry for a really long time:

if you want to feel like you’re on an adventure:

if you want chills:

if you want to study:

if you really want to dance:

if you want to start bouncing in your chair:

if you’re about to pass out and you need energy:

if you want to hear suspense within music:

if you want a jazzy/classical feel:

if you want to feel emotional with no explanation:

if you want to sit back and have a nice cup of tea:

pieces that don’t really have a valid explanation:

pieces that just sound really cool:

if you feel like listening to concertos all day (I do not recommend doing that):

and if you really just hate classical music in general:

a lot of these pieces apply in multiple categories, but I sorted them by which I think they match the most. have fun exploring classical music!

also, thank you to viola-ology, iwillsavemyworld, shayshay526, eternal-cadenza, tropicalmunchakoopas, shadowraven45662, and thelonecomposer for adding on! if you would like to add on your own suggestions, please reblog and add on or message me so I can give you credit for the suggestion!


A daily dose of Bach 

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,  BWV 1048  -  1. Allegro 

Münchener Bach-Orchester
Karl Richter, director

I read this post and decided that I should make a better another version with slightly more…variety.

MBTI Types As Classical Music.

•ESTJ: Bach - Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, Allegro
•ESFJ: Mozart - Overture, Le Nozze di Figaro
•ENFJ: Beethoven - Symphony no. 3 Eroica
•ENTJ: Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
•ESTP: Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
•ESFP: Holst - IV. Jupiter, The Planets, Op. 32
•ENFP: Smetana - The Moldau
•ENTP: Mendelssohn -  Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64
•ISTP: Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1 in B flat minor, Larghetto
•ISFP: Liszt - Liebestraum no. 3
•INFP: Haydn - String Quartet No. 53 in D Major, “The Lark,” Op. 64, No. 5
•INTP: Beethoven - String Quartet Op. 131
•ISTJ: Bach - Cello Suite No.1 in G
•ISFJ: Saint-Saëns - Aquarium,  Le carnaval des animaux
•INFJ: Debussy - The Girl with the Flaxen Hair 
•INTJ: Tchaikovsky - Ballet Suite, Op. 20: Act 2, Scene (Lake in the Moonlight), Swan Lake

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—  J. J. Abrams, Preface to The Complete X-Files

”Avec plusieurs Instruments” (For variety of instruments)

Dated March 24, 1721 and dedicated to the margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg. The image above showcases the manuscripts’ cover page of J.S. Bach’s (1685-1750) Six Brandenburg Concerto’s.

The Brandenburg concerto’s were revolutionary for a couple of reasons: use of instrumentation, ensemble roles, and Bach’s uptake with the concerto series. By the time Bach completed the Brandenburg concerti, other composers such as, Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) had refined the genre. The evolution of the genre began with at the most 3 to 4 musicians playing and eventually evolved into a back-and-forth solo instrument verses ensemble exchange comprised of three-movements in a ritornello form. The platform of the concerto interested Bach enough to conceive his own.  The most notable is the 5th Brandenburg Concerto BWV 1050. The importance of this concerto is the transformation of the harpsichord from a continuo instrument (accompanying instrument-to the first time in history) to a solo instrument with a cadenza section. In addition, the 5th Brandenburg concerto utilizes the traverse flute, which is a wooden relative of the modern flute. The exchange of instrumentation and roles that the instruments played within this concerto placed a new dialogue and may have ignited Bach’s interest in writing later harpsichord concerti. 


A daily dose of Bach 

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6,  BWV 1051  -  3. Allegro 

Münchener Bach-Orchester
Karl Richter, director & harpsichord

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
Academy of Ancient Music, Catherine Mackintosh, Christopher Hogwood & Stephen Preston
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro

The harpsichord solo… I just can’t.

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5: I. Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach

Baroque Flute: Stephen Preston

Violin: Catherine Mackintosh

Harpsichord: Christopher Hogwood

performed by the Academy of Ancient Music


Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 - III. Allegro assai

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer

Donald Peck, flute
Ray Still, oboe
Samuel Magad, violin
Adolph Herseth, trumpet
James Levine, conductor

Mr. Herseth passed away today - we have lost yet another incredibly influential and fine musician. May he rest in peace.


Bach - Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047

A concerto for “tromba”, flute, oboe, and violin. Compared to the rest, this one is considered to follow the concerto grosso model the closest. And, like the others, Bach uses this work as a way to experiment. Here, the study is in tone color, and balancing the different sonorities of the soloists against each other and the strings. Surprisingly, Bach doesn’t write for any individual soloist to shine, but rather focuses on the group as a whole, or the sounds they create when playing in pairs, or when their melodic lines overlap. Instead of having an orchestral section, then a soloist remark, and back and forth like that, what you would expect from a concerto, we get a study in colors. What’s also unique about this work is that scholars still aren’t exactly sure what Bach meant by “tromba”, which is given the most attention out of all the soloists. Different performances have used a hunting horn, a trumpet, an alto saxophone, and other brass instruments in this range. Each brings its own tonal color and balance to the work, and if anything, this shows how modern instrumentation makes it difficult to recreate Bach’s initial intentions.


I. [no tempo indication] (usually performed Allegro)

II. Andante

III. Allegro assai


“tromba,” flute, oboe, violin + ripieno (first and second violins, viola and violone) + continuo (cello, harpsichord)

anonymous asked:

What pieces would you say are a "must" for anyone beginning to familiarize themselves with classical music?


Handel: Messiah
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 5
Bach: B Minor Mass
Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier


Haydn: The Creation
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: Symphonies nos. 39-41


Beethoven: Symphonies nos. 3, 5, 7, 9
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies nos. 4, 6
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Marche Slave
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto no. 1
Fauré: Requiem
Wagner: Prelude to Tristan und Isolde
Smetana: Vltava from Ma vlást
Dvorák: Symphony no. 9

20th Century

Elgar: Cello Concerto
Mahler: Symphonies nos. 2, 6, 9
Shostakovich: Symphonies nos. 5, 7
Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 8
Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Classical Pieces You’ve Probably Heard but Might Not Remember the Name 2

Since the first one was such a success I figured I’ll do another.

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major BWV 1046: I. Allegro
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Ton Koopman
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major BWV 1046: I. Allegro

Çünkü herkes, hatta siz bile, haftasonu için güzel bir Bach parçası hakediyor. Bir numaralı Brandenburg konçertosu, birinci bölüm. Başlangıçlar güzeldir çünkü. En azından bazı insanlar için. Değişiklikten hoşlanmayan benim gibi asosyaller içinse orta kısımlar tercih edilir.


Bach - Brandenburg Concert no. 3 in G

person-human-me  asked:

Hello. I was wondering what it's like in an orchestra? You see my school does not have an orchestra program (but we have a band) and yet I continue to take private violin lessons.

-out of tune second violins
-2, maybe 3 violas total
-that one first violinist that has been playing since the womb who exists just to make you feel talentless
-a solitary sad bassist that just plays plucked quarter notes
-a conductor who is usually pretty incompetent
-music that’s either “brandenburg concerto” or “rosin eating zombies from outer space”
-you, somewhere in the middle of all this

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'd like to start listening to some classical composers and I was wondering if you'd mind giving a few links to pieces that are good for starting with. It can be anything, really, but I'm interested in Shostakovich and composers like him. Thanks, and I always enjoy seeing your posts on my dash!

hello!! im glad that you like, want to try listening to some of this stuff, but i fear that you’ve asked the wrong person because i am extremely biased towards 20th century and late romantic (so you know, 1860s onwards) kinda classical music BUT I WILL TRY TO BE DIVERSE OK. shostakovich is down in the 20th century section if you wanna skip everything else :)

  • baroque 1600s - 1750s - ok so i listen to like 0 baroque era but anyway,

    • bach is literally the king of baroque music so there’s always heaps of bach around you can listen to, probably his most famous ones include his well-tempered clavier, art of fugue, brandenburg concertos and i could go on tbh. 
    • vivaldi was also another dude who wrote the four seasons, but he’s also got 12 violin concertos which i guess are worth listening, but i know like 2 baroque pieces so im not the best to ask about this era
    • handel - i don’t remember ever listening to any handel woops but have a look here
    • scarlatti - same with scarlatti, but im pretty sure all he did was piano sonatas so you know go nuts
  • classical 1750s - 1830s - mozart, haydn, gluck and beethoven are your main guys here, sometimes schubert is included in this era but sometimes argued into the romantic era (i think so), but yeah, i don’t listen to this era much as well
  • romantic 1820s - 1910s - ahh things start to get interesting here, it’s my second favourite era.
  • 20th century/modern - 1900s - present. my favourite era, probably yours too if you’re looking into shostakovich and friends! im not going to get into present-day classical music because there’s just so much! also im gonna be biased and put my favourite composers here:
    • shostakovich - as you mentioned, you’re interested in shostakovich. he’s best known in his symphonies. for starters, listen to no 5, no 7 and no 11, they’re his main symphonies, and go on from there! they are long, and that’s the thing about 20th century/modern music, things start to get BIG. he’s also got piano concerto no 1 and no 2a cello concerto, and 15 string quartets which are all worth a listen, but his most famous one i think is no 8. there’s a lot of shostakovich!
    • mahler - kinda earlier than shostakovich, he influenced shostakovich a fair bit. mahler has like ten symphonies. i think no 5 is his famous one, but no 6 is quite famous as well (probably because of the hammer), and i also like no 3, but they can be so long. otherwise i haven’t listened to anything else by mahler besides his symphonies (also try symphony no 1 mvt 3, frere jacques as a funeral march!)
    • debussy - although a bit before 20th century, he was an impressionist and i love impressionism music, it can be so calming and harmonious. he was really good with solo piano, like his pour le piano and estampes are just out of this world ohmfgyod and all his preludes (especially cathedrale engloutie), and some of his orchestral work is gorgeous like la mer and images for orchestra and aaahhh debussy!!
    • gershwin - he only left us with a little bit of music but it’s really great as it is. he was like this bridge between classical and jazz, so it’s quite interesting to listen to some of his pieces like rhapsody in blue, an american in paris, concerto in f and cuban overture (listen to that it’s so cool) for orchestral works and also solo piano works like three preludes, and an opera, but not how you’re typical kind, porgy and bess
    • prokofiev - his music is very unique to me. i wouldn’t really know what to start you off with him, i guess like dance of the knights, or symphony no 5, but he’s got awesome piano concertos, with no 3 being the most famous, but also try his other ones.
    • ravel is known for bolero and that’s it. his piano concerto is good, and the string quartet in f is also worth a go
    • other great 20th century composers: bartok, britten, vaughan williams, sibelius, barber, poulenc, satie, ligeti, janacek, lutoslawski, stravinsky, shall i continue? this is where music gets interesting, listen to them you’ll hear some of them sound completely different! that’s why i don’t want to list any from the present-era, because there are like 791 different things happening rn it’s hard to list even a good broad variety.

that’s my little ridiculously over-the-top excessive guide! i don’t think you’d really need to listen to all of these, just the ones that interest you. i hope this helps!