- 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)
The state of Japanese ladies at the start of the Olympic season - personal analysis
The Japanese press has already begun speculating which ladies will be on the front line in an epic battle for the two Olympic spots available, a battle that the ladies’ field in Japan has arguably never witnessed before. The “post-Mao” era - as the media calls it - sees no less than seven contenders and no clear favorite, which means we all need to fasten our seat belts because we’re in for a long, wild ride.
In this analysis I will try to write my thoughts down as coherently as possible, all the while trying to maintain the bias to an acceptable level. Hey, even the most experienced and relevant skating analysts have their own preferences and understandably so, in a heavily subjective sport which relies on subjective judging. I’m not trying to predict which two ladies possess the skating gods’ favors to compete at the Olympics; anything can happen until the last minute. But it’s worth making a list of the qualities each of these lovely ladies bring to the table and what areas are left to improve. Using the ISU guidelines, my own experience as a skating fan and a variety of videos and gifs, I will try to cover all the reasons why you must not miss out on this race.
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 - I. Maestoso
The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, is a piano concerto composed by Frédéric Chopin in 1829. 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.
Opening bars of Piano solo.
The work contains the three movements typical of instrumental concertos of the period:
Maestoso (F minor)
Larghetto (A flat major): a work of “undescribable beauty”,this music was inspired by Chopin’s distant idolization of Constantia Gladkowska. The main theme (the “A” section) is introduced by the piano after an orchestral introduction and is later repeated twice and again, at measure 82 (the start of the coda), is enhanced by the sublime entrance of the bassoon in canon, followed by the bassoon transitioning to a counter-melody.
Allegro vivace (F minor)
In the finale, the violins and violas are at one point instructed to play col legno (with the wood of the bow). For the piano, the final sections are regarded as extremely technically demanding.
London Symphony Orchestra conducted by André Previn
Soloist:Arthur Rubinstein.This is pure perfection. Chopin’s soul shines through in this performance.
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.
which classical music you would classify are bops,hits or bangerz? in my ignorant opinion i think spring is a banger bu idk
Oh good question! Obviously it’s all subjective. Spring is a banger but in my opinion I prefer playing and listening to a later piece in the same concerti set titled Winter.
As a general rule when dealing with concerto format you can always assume the first movement will have some really fun themes and get you interested, the second will be slow and contemplative, and the third will go the fuck OFF.
- Holst’s Planets is an excellent collection. Jupiter is the common favorite, although I really love Mars because, once again, it’s dramatic. It also does some really innovative things musically, including having the strings play on the wood side of their bows for the intro
- Modest Mussorgsky’s collection “Pictures at an Exhibition” is filled with amazing stuff. You can close your eyes and go through and listen to each song as an individual story, which was the intent. For a taste of that, here’s Baba Yaga
- Aaron Copland in general is one of my absolute favorite composers/people. He wrote really beautiful music that symbolized the American Dream for people, back before that was a commercial concept. And he did it as a gay Jew. Fanfare for the Common Man is a really great example of that.
- Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin (Another all-time favorite and another great song for closing your eyes and picturing a story. Also captures a really unique blend of orchestral music and early jazz that only a Gershwin could)
- I don’t want to go too long and make this list unreadable, so the last piece I’ll name is Scherzo-Tarantella by Wieniawski. Generally considered one of the most difficult violin pieces out there, and the bane of my personal existence for months. It’s so tricky that I don’t even like Joshua Bell’s performance, which is sacrilege really. The video I’ve linked is one of the better ones I’ve ever seen - but you’ll have to forgive the expressions she makes as she plays, there’s really nothing you can do about your face when you’re trying to perform at that level.
Hope the list is helpful! I did err on the side of dramatic and loud, but in my opinion there’s a lot to be said for slower beautiful pieces, though they don’t catch you quite as quickly. Good listening!
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.“
Okay, classical music recommendation: something sad, yet beautiful at the same time.
Shostakovich string quartet 8 movements 1 and 5 (the rest are aggressive)
Shostakovich: Funeral and Triumphal Prelude
Schumann symphony 3 movement 4
Beethoven 3 movement 2
Beethoven 7 movement 2
Brahms 1 movement 1
Spohr 2 movements 1 and 2
Spohr 3 movement 1
Spohr clarinet concerto 4 movement 1
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2 movements 1 and 2
Rachmaninov Prelude in D major from Op.23
Rachmaninov Prelude in G# minor
Rachmaninov Prelude in C# minor
Mahler 5 Adagietto (either movement 2 or 3. There’s dispute over the order)
Mahler 9 movement 4
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude und Liebestod
Bach: H-moll-Messe: Kyrie eleison
Mozart Requiem: Introit and Kyrie
Barber Adagio for Strings
Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy movement 2
Grainger: Down Longford Way
Holst: Second Suite in F, movement 2
Balmages: Kindred Spirits
Chopin Piano Concerto 2 movement 1
Chopin: Waltz in B minor
Chopin: Nocturne in Bb minor
Debussy: La Mer
Debussy: Première Rhapsodie
Liszt: La Campanella (or is it li campanelli? idr)
hopefully that’s enough i think i had too much fun with this
About a year before The Nutcracker premiered, a new major composer debuted and performed the first movement of his first piano concerto, an op. 1. Rachmaninoff’s introduction to the musical world was a violent and successful one, still 18, still in Conservatory, under the direction of composer and professor Anton Arensky, he was also working on his first symphony and an opera, Aleko. But while his famous Prelude in c# minor became popular, his first symphony was a failure [both due to a lack of rehearsals and that a drunken Glazunov botched the performance], and this blow devastated Rachmaninoff for years, throwing him into writers block, insecurity, and depression. His story is one of the famous comebacks in music history, because after therapy and inspiration, he wrote his second piano concerto, second symphony, and cello sonata, among other major works that would skyrocket his popularity in Europe and America, holding him up as one of the great “Last Romantics” whose music is used throughout popular culture. Rachmaninoff’s legacy was a unique one; his work is Post-Romantic, though leaning toward Modernism later in his life, and critics always considered him to be too “old fashioned”, “flashy”, “superficial”, and it wasn’t until after his death that his music was more critically reviewed in a positive way, recognizing his innovative use of harmony.
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto no. 1 in f# minor
Modeled after Grieg’s iconic concerto, this piece is full of drama and youthful energy, a trait that Rachmaninoff kept in the score even after revising it several times in the following decades. And amongst the drama and thunder crashes we have soothing lyrical moments that pull at the listener’s hear strings, the kind of sentimentality that can make some roll their eyes, but I never find his music to be shallow, I only hear sincerity. The second movement is more like a rhapsody, a dreamscape where the orchestra is the foundation for the piano’s musings and comments. The last movement is a tornado that flourishes through the keyboard and orchestra into a frantic and happy finale.
3. Allegro vivace
Stay tuned for more music by Russian composers, this week on Musica in Extenso - Nick Olinger