The Best Solos
  • Piccolo: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 3
  • Flute: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, Aviary
  • Oboe: Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Serenata
  • English Horn: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8, Mvmt. 1
  • E-Flat Clarinet: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. 2
  • B-Flat Clarinet: Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Bass Clarinet: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
  • Bassoon: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, Mvmt. 2
  • Contrabassoon: Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • French Horn: R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
  • Trumpet: Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 1
  • Trombone: R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Tuba: Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Percussion: Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Mvmt. 2
  • Violin: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Viola: Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 2
  • Cello: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Double Bass: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, L'Elephant

Saint-Saëns/Liszt - Danse Macabre

It’s been a very hot and sunny week, but for some reason I’ve had an itch for horror stories. Classic folktales like from the Scary Stories anthology with disturbing illustrations by Stephen Gammell, popcorn scares from Stephen King, and just today I felt the need to drive out to Barnes and Noble to pick up an anthology of Edgar Allan Poe tales. So of course my piqued interest in the grotesque and bizarre also reaches into music. I “re-discovered” Liszt’s transcription of Saint-Saëns’ popular poem, Danse Macabre. The music depicts Death bringing up the bones from their graves to dance the night away on Halloween. No surprise, Liszt, who was also a fan of the grotesque [he himself wrote a Totentanz inspired by similar folklore] decided to change the piece around a bit with some added flourishes and, more interestingly, harmonic experiments. This performance and piece is unapologetically Romantic, electrifying, and I like to pretend I’m riding through an autumn wood on horseback, terrified by corpses dancing and mocking me.

Russians, right?

“[Shostakovich] gave me the score of his first Cello Concerto, and in four days I memorized it and played it for him while he accompanied me on piano. We were so happy, we drank a little vodka together. We then played it again, not so perfectly, and drank more vodka. The third time I think I played the Saint-Saens Concerto while he accompanied his own concerto. We were very happy.”

— Mstistlav Rostropovich



AKA every possible level of awesomeness in only one track

The signs as classical masterpieces
  • Aries: Symphony No. 25- Mozart
  • Taurus: Holberg Suite- Grieg
  • Gemini: Caprice #24- Paganini
  • Cancer: "Scene" (Swan Lake)- Tchaikovsky
  • Leo: Academic Festival Overture- Brahms
  • Virgo: Winter: Largo (The Four Seasons)- Vivaldi
  • Libra: Canon in D- Pachelbel
  • Scorpio: Allegro Molto (String Quartet #8)- Shostakovitch
  • Sagittarius: Hungarian Dance No. 5- Brahms
  • Capricorn: Impromptu for Strings- Sibelius
  • Aquarius: Uranus, The Magician (The Planets)- Holst
  • Pisces: The Aquarium (Carnival of the Animals)- Saint-Säens
Carnival Of The Animals - XIII. Le Cygne
David Owen Norris, Yuli Turovsky, I Musici De Montreal
Carnival Of The Animals - XIII. Le Cygne

Carnival Of The Animals, XIII : Le Cygne - The Dying Swan 

 (Arranged For Piano And Violoncello)

By Composer Charles Camille Saint-Saens

Performed By David Owen Norris (Pianist), Yuli Turovsky (Cellist), And I Musici De Montreal

Symbols and Punctuation in Korean~

Ahhh yes the land of punctuation. As we type away at our keyboards, let’s take a moment to learn the names of different punctuation keys and symbols in Korean!~

*remember to try and sound out each word before peeking at the romanization!~

물음표 (mul eum pyo) question mark
느낌표 (neu kkim pyo) exclamation mark
샵/우물정 (shab/wu mul jeong) pound sign
마침표 /온점 (ma chim pyo/ohn jeom) period
쉼표 (shwim pyo) comma
별표 (byeol pyo) asterisk
괄호 (gwal ho) parenthesis
소괄호 (so gwal ho) parentheses
대괄호 (dae gwal ho) brackets
골뱅이 (gol baeng yi)
앰퍼샌드 (aem peo saen deu) ampersand
언더바 (eon deo ba) underscore
콜론 (kol lon) colon
세미콜론 (sae mi kol lon) semicolon
대시/하이픈 (dae shi/ha yi peun) dash/hyphen
슬래시 (seul lae shi) slash
퍼센트/프로 (peo saen teu/peu ro) percent
띄어쓰기/공백 (ddwi eo sseu gi/gong baek) space
큰 따옴표 (keun dda om pyo) quotation marks

작은 따옴표
(jak eun dda om pyo)
single quotation marks

Hope this helps and happy studying!~

my friends have trouble pronouncing composers names like this is literally them:

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Surgay Ratchet-man-it-off
Igor Stravinsky - Iggy Azalea (she gave up)
Fryderyk Chopin - Fryderyk Showpin
Franz Liszt - Franz Lips
Johann Sebastian Bach - Joe-Han Sebastian BATCH
Mortiz Moszkowski - More-tits Motes-cow-skis
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Ponyo ily<3ick Chism-microscope
Sergei Prokofiev - Surgay Pro-ko-go-mo-fiv
Dmitri Shostakovich - Dimehhhh-tree Shushee-Claustrophobic
Claude Debussy - Claude Debussy (omfg she said it right wow)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - E. coli Skimpy-Caw-sip-cough
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Modest Petrovich Must-orgy-sky
Camille Saint-Saëns - Chameleon Saint-Science
Antonìn Dvoràk - Anthill Door-rack
Franz Schubert - Franz Schubert (another one wow)
Robert Alexander Schumann - Robert Alexander Shoeman
Isaac Albeniz - Isaac Albinos

this was my other friend:

Sergei Rachmaninoff - SereGEE Ratch man-it-off
Igor Stravinsky - Eager Stravinsky
Fryderyk Chopin - Frederic Chopping-ya-fingers-off
Franz Liszt - Friends Listszenschn…
Johann Sebastian Bach - John-hand Sebastian Bitch
Mortiz Moszkowski - Mortzee Moszkowski
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Pie-otter Lillich um.. tuchachchofcvkick
Sergei Prokofiev - Segree Pro-co-files
Dmitri Shostakovich - Dmitri Shot-Akovich
Claude Debussy - Claude Deeee-pussy
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Nikolai Rimsky-Kuhhrrsuck-off
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Modest Pet-yo-fish Must-org-ski
Camille Saint-Saëns - Camille Saint-Seals
Antonìn Dvoràk - Antonion Dora-quacky
Franz Schubert - France Sherbert
Robert Alexander Schumann - Robert Alexander Schumann (wow)
Isaac Albeniz - I-suck Al-pins

“I am the bitterness in a mother’s voice as she mourns her slain child. I am the quiver in an executioner’s hand as he brings down his axe. I am the rage that consumes a battlefield, the calm that spreads in the aftermath. I am the whisper in your ear as you struggle with pulling the plug. I am the resolve in your bones when you cannot go on. I am there after every slaughter, after every wrong committed upon an innocent. I am Resilience. I am Justice. I am Mercy.”

Mercy’s true form. She did not take kindly to being kidnapped by a lesser deity. Mind you, she’s not saying all of this out loud; her true voice would literally kill any mortal who heard it. 

classical music for studying

Hello! This is my first masterpost and I thought to make it about classical music since I do have a bit of knowledge in that area. The music and playlists I chose here are chosen along my personal preferences — they may not work for you! Please let me know if any of the links don’t work etc. etc. Hope you like it!  

[[[ Also, please do not consider classical music as only useful for studying; you might not like it which is fine, but it’s an autonome genre of music. It is made for listening and enjoying just like pop or death metal. It holds emotion just like other genres of music. ]]]


  • Period Study: Volume 1 by ankwa: a great playlist of medieval, mostly vocal music, but it’s in latin i think so unless you speak it it shouldn’t be distracting! 
  • Period Study: Volume 2 by ankwa: pretty much all instrumental music from the Renaissance period. upbeat and fun to listen to, very motivational. 
  • Period Study: Volume 3 by ankwa: baroque music from the same collection, again pretty much all instrumental. this one i like less because it makes me jam too much, but maybe you’ll like it. 
  • late morning studying by Montague-Fuzzlepeck: a bit more vocals but very relaxing overall. it’s not just classical though and contains some classical crossover etc. 
  • Keep It Classycal by Audiophile: exclusively classical music; contains some popular pieces like Bach’s Cello Suite no. 1 Prelude and Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
  • The Best of Bach: as the title of the video says. for some of the pieces, the audio level varies a lot so make sure to not put your volume too high! 
  • Chopin Complete Nocturnes again, it’s exactly what the title says. i like full videos for these things because there are no ads before every single piece! 


Some of these are longer, some shorter; maybe you could listen to them to see if you like them and make a playlist out of your favourites! They are all links from YouTube as that is usually what I use to listen to music. 

As I said, let me know if any links don’t work and I hope this will be useful to you and your studies! I’m also always open to requests/suggestions :]