- Polonaise Fantasie by F. Chopin - Impromptu No. 4 in A♭ Major by F. Schubert (it technically starts in A♭ minor though but oh well) - Sonata Pathétique Mvt 2 by L. van Beethoven - String Quartet No. 10 in A♭ Major by D. Shostakovich - Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin (yeah yeah cliche but it’s undeniably great) - Polonaise Héroïque by F. Chopin - Concerto for Two Pianos in A♭ major by F. Mendelssohn - Waltz in A♭ Major Op. 39 No. 15 by J. Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in A♭ Major by E. Elgar - String Quartet No. 14 in A♭ Major Op. 105 by A. Dvořák - Intermezzo in A♭ Major by F. Poulenc - Étude Op. 25, No. 1 (Aeolian Harp) by F. Chopin - Finlandia Op. 26 by J. Sibelius - Sonata No. 31 in A♭ Major Op. 110 by L. van Beethoven - Bruyères by C. Debussy - Lillies by S. Rachmaninoff (so calming) - Liebestraum No. 3 by F. Liszt (if I didn’t include this piece, I would feel like a bad person)
- Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata) by L. van Beethoven - Violin Concerto L'inverno by A. Vivaldi (the Winter Concerto of the Four Seasons) - Symphony No. 1 in F minor by D. Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor by F. Chopin (just……… all of it. so good.) - Fantasia in F minor for Piano, Four Hands by F. Schubert - Das Jahr: November by F. Hensel-Mendelssohn - Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 by L. van Beethoven (despite my suffering in trying to play this, it really is a fantastic piece) - Valse Romantique by C. Debussy - Sonata No. 3 in F minor by R. Schumann - Symphony No. 4 in F minor by P. I. Tchaikovsky (one of my favourite symphonies) - Prelude And Fugue in F minor BWV 881 by J. S. Bach (currently working on this one and now am essentially forced to include it. The fugue is especially good.) - Piano Quintet in F minor by J. Brahms - Ballade No. 4 in F minor by F. Chopin (probably my favourite piano work of all time)
Piano concerto N°2 in F major Op.102 - II. Andante
Paavo Berglund, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Cristina Ortiz
Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (1905-1975).
Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102, was composed in 1957 for his son Maxim’s 19th birthday. Maxim premiered the piece during his graduation at the Moscow Conservatory. It is an uncharacteristically cheerful piece, much more so than most of Shostakovich’s works.
This concerto is sometimes dismissed as one of the composer’s less important works, especially in comparison to some of the symphonies and string quartets. In a letter to Edison Denisov in mid-February 1957, barely a week after he had finished work on it, the composer himself wrote that the work had “no redeeming artistic merits”. It is suggested that the comment was actually meant to be tongue-in-cheek.
Despite the apparent simplistic nature of this concerto, the public has always regarded it warmly, and it stands as one of Shostakovich’s most popular pieces.
Sooo here’s an untitled (edit: now with a title!) Billford drabble for @leukaraii as my contribution for the late Secret Santa event held in the Billford Discord chat. Happy late holidays or whatever the occasion is! =^^=
Rated mild M for (very mild) dubcon. Expect dialogue-driven penthouse shenanigans and Bill being meta af.
he said – hold on… He said… I said wait…”
been saying that for, like, five minutes already.”
“You-u shut up! Time is dead, I killed
it… Hey, where’s my punch? Ronnie, someone drank my punch…”
you, Billy. You drank the punch.”
liar, pants on fire! Pfft- hahaha! Get
it, guys? Her pants are – wait… She’s not wearing pants… That’s… against the
dress code. You’re breaking the rules, Py!”
you said there’s no rules.”
“…You’re not wearing pants, Kryptos. You
dare come to my party with no pants on and still claim to pledge your all…
allieg… allegiance to me? Huh?”
offense, but you’re not wearing pants, either.”
mean, there’s literally no one in this room who’s wearing pants.”
stop questioning me! This is my
party! My rules! Nobody respects my
rules… except this guy… He’s wearing
pants, see? He’s a gentleman, like myself! He’s the only one who gets me…
“Ugh, get a
room, you two!”
what? I think we will! He’d probably be intimidated by the sight of you
pantless savages, anyway. Just me and him, we have a nice talk, catch up, bury
the hatchet, shake on it, and we’ll be back to partying in no time! With or
without pants – to be honest, I wouldn’t mind either!”
Unlike his earlier and more popular Rhapsody in Blue, this piano concerto sticks closer to a more conventional classical language than jazz. But that doesn’t mean this work isn’t jazzy. Far from it, the first movement is bursting with brass and jumps along unexpected harmonies, and sounds almost reminiscent of Rachmaninoff’s last piano concerto [which was also jazz inspired]. Gershwin takes it to a new level with the blues inspired slow movement, with melodies and orchestrations that reflect his earlier rhapsody [a lot of plucking bass, and smearing wind rises]. Also, unlike his rhapsody, Gershwin himself orchestrated the concerto. The music feels very cosmopolitain, both its popular stylistic roots and its forward thinking harmonic voicing. In his own words, Gershwin describe the work, "The first movement employs the Charleston rhythm. It is quick and pulsating, representing the young enthusiastic spirit of American life. It begins with a rhythmic motif given out by the kettle drums…. The principal theme is announced by the bassoon. Later, a second theme is introduced by the piano. The second movement has a poetic, nocturnal atmosphere which has come to be referred to as the American blues, but in a purer form than that in which they are usually treated. The final movement reverts to the style of the first. It is an orgy of rhythms, starting violently and keeping to the same pace throughout.“
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!
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 - II. Larghetto
Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849).
A Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo piano. He gained and has maintained renown worldwide as one of the leading musicians of his era, whose “poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation.”
The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, is a piano concerto composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1830. Chopin wrote the piece before he had finished his formal education, at around 20 years of age. It was first performed on 17 March 1830, in Warsaw, Poland, with the composer as soloist. It was the second of his piano concertos to be published (after the Piano Concerto No. 1), and so was designated as “No. 2”, even though it was written first.
At the age of 21 he settled in Paris. Thereafter, during the last 18 years of his life, he gave only some 30 public performances, preferring the more intimate atmosphere of the salon. He supported himself by selling his compositions and teaching piano, for which he was in high demand. Chopin formed a friendship with Franz Liszt and was admired by many of his musical contemporaries, including Robert Schumann.
I don’t have one since I rarely ever watch movies, so I’ll give you my favorite video game soundtrack: It’s the one from Dragon Quest VIII, or any Dragon Quest game, but that one is particularly great!
14. Favorite symphony
Brahms 2 by far.
20. Favorite opera
Carmen, but probably only because I haven’t seen very many operas. If I had, I’d probably say something by Puccini, Wagner or Weber.
26. Favorite fast piece
I’ve gotten this question before and you can find it by searching “fast piece” on my blog so I’ll answer with some other pieces this time:
Schumann: Toccata in C, the fast ones from the symphonic etudes