I saw a performance of the elgar cello concerto today, and there’s this one part where the cello section plays in unison with the solo, and the whole time the soloist was looking proudly over at the section like a dad realizing he’s raised his children well and it was so pure
I can’t choose one so here’s a list:
Candide Overture (Bernstein/Grundman, band)
First Suite in E-flat (Holst, band)
Carmina Burana (Orff/Krance, band)
Danzón no. 2 (Márquez, orchestra)
Symphony no. 3 (Schumann, orchestra)
Cello Concerto (Elgar, orchestra)
Weihnachtsoratorium, 1. & 3. Kantaten (Bach, choir with orchestra)
Wana Baraka (Trad./Kirchner, choir)
Du Pré was a British cellist who was raised in a musical family. At the age of four she demanded what the instrument playing in a radio concert was, and after being told it was a cello, demanded to be given such an instrument.
After an entire childhood of training she debuted at the age of sixteen and soon played with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Proms (annual British music festival). At the age of twenty she recorded her first record. The music chosen was the Elgar Cello Concerto (Op. 85, first performed in 1919) and not only did her performance go on to lift the work from relative obscurity, but this went on to become du Pré’s signature music.
Her successful career continued internationally and she met fellow musician Daniel Barenboim, for whom she converted to Judaism and married in 1967. The couple had four children together. Sadly in 1973, when she was only 28 years old, she was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis), which meant she soon had to stop playing. Thus her career ended prematurely and the disease would eventually take her life at only 42 years of age.
Inspired by some asks, I decided to make a new, different type of
masterpost for people wanting to get into classical music (just google
classical music masterpost for others. I think there are 2 main ones and
they’re grouped by mood). I would make another one grouped by mood, but
because they’re already done, I decided to group by composer and order
chronologically. Specifically, what I’ll do is give only two examples
per composer. What this allows you to do is listen to get an idea of
what kinds of composers and what eras you like. I chose to avoid really
long pieces, and where I did include them I specified specific movements
to listen to.
Glossary for people not experienced with classical music: Movement
- a part of a larger work. Sometimes these movements could work alone
as pieces, sometimes they segue directly into or from other movements. Symphony - an orchestral work, most commonly 4 movements. The symphony was first created in the Classical period. Concerto - a work for a soloist (or, more rarely, multiple soloists) and an orchestra. Usually 3 movements. Suite
- A non-specific group of pieces. Some suites are taken from ballets,
some are folk song suites, there are tonnes of types of suite. Sonata - A piece for a solo instrument or a solo instrument with accompaniment (most usually from a piano). Usually 3 movements. Mass
- A piece of religious music for choir and orchestra. At least 5
movements (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei), often more.
Renaissance (c. 1400-1600)
John Taverner (1490-1545) Western Wind Mass Psalm 41
Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594) Missa Papae Marcelli Iubilate Deo
Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) Sonata pian’ e forte (not actually a sonata by the previous definition) Quem vidistis pastores
Thomas Morley (1557 or 1558-1602) Now is the Month of Maying April is in my Mistress’ Face (if you like these, search for madrigals)
Baroque (c. 1600-1730)
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Dido and Aeneas: Dido’s Lament Suite in A minor
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) The Four Seasons (a group of four violin concertos) Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) Viola Concerto Tafelmusik
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 Cello Suite no. 6
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) The Messiah: Pt. 1: Sinfony, And the Glory of the Lord, For Unto Us a Child is Born, Pifa, Pt. 2: Hallelujah, Pt. 3: Amen Water Music
Classical (c. 1730-1820)
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Symphony no. 101 Cello Concerto no. 1
Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782) Cello Concerto in C Symphony in F
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Requiem: Introit, Kyrie, Dies Irae, Lacrymosa Symphony no. 41
Jan Dussek (1760-1812) Piano Sonata in B-flat Harp Sonata no. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) (considered to be the bridge from Classical to Romantic music) Symphony no. 5 Symphony no. 7
Romantic (c. 1820-1900)
Louis Spohr (1784-1859) Symphony no. 2 Clarinet Concerto no. 4
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) Der Freischütz: Overture Clarinet Concerto no. 2
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Symphony no. 9 Der Erlkönig (if you like this, search for Lieder)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Paulus: Overture Violin Concerto
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849) Piano Concerto no. 2 Scherzo in B-flat minor
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Symphony no. 3 Cello Concerto
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Faust Symphony Piano Concerto no. 1
Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Clara Schumann (1819-1896) Piano Concerto Trio in G minor
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Symphony no. 4 Symphony no. 8
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Schicksalslied Symphony no. 1
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Carnival of the Animals Symphony no. 3
On October 19, 1987, the extraordinary cellist Jacqueline du Pre died of multiple sclerosis. She is most famous for her absolutely stunning Elgar Cello Concerto, which can be found here. I first heard the Elgar in reference to her and now whenever I do hear it, it pulls on my heart like rubber.
While it’s not my place to tell you what to do, I’d really appreciate it if everyone that sees this post just takes thirty seconds out of their day to have a little moment of silence for her. She was a supremely wonderful cellist and I think that she should be remembered.
If you want to learn more, her Wikipedia page is here.
I just found this completely amazing PruAus fic called Beethoven’s Footsteps! Austria is a music professor and Prussia his overeager student, and their characters are written so well in it. There’s also links to the music mentioned in Chapter 3, so I would recommend listening to Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto Op. 85 whilst you read it :D The link is here https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12613464/1/Beethoven-s-Footsteps
Please give it a review, and once again, keep supporting fanfic writers!
Can you please suggest some tragic cello or viola music? Obscure piano solo pieces from the romantic era?
I’m afraid the only ones I know are Elgar cello concerto mvts 1 and 3, and the Fauré Élegie. As for piano solo stuff (not sure how obscure it is, but here): Tchaikovsky The Seasons Waltz-Scherzo in A minor