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. :)
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
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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”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.
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)
III. Allegro assai
“tromba,” flute, oboe, violin + ripieno (first and second violins, viola and violone) + continuo (cello, harpsichord)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major BWV 1046: I. Allegro
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Ton Koopman
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.
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
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,
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
mozart, he’s got some cool symphonies, like no. 40 and no. 25, which are prob his most famous and his only two in minor keys i think that’s cool, classic string quartet like eine kleine nachtmusik, concertos like piano, flute and horn and it goes on forever
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 2, a 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!)
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!