Orchestral works that changed your outlook.

Orchestral works that changed your outlook.

    
Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    05:51 on Monday, February 23, 2004          
(Alyssa)
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I`m curious to know what orchestral pieces here have touched people or shaped them into the people they are? Is there a sentimental favourite for you guys?

I just want to know cause there are six pieces that have shaped who I am and why I play the clarinet and I feel weird cause they aren`t specifically clarinet works.

1. Peter and The Wolf - Prokofiev: I listened to this when I was just 6 years old (I`m now 25) and the delightfully innocent story and ingenius depiction of the characters through instrument (the woodwinds particularly) are awesome.
2. Enigma Variations - Elgar. I get tears in my eyes from this. I don`t know why but it gives me tingles.
3. Concerto for Orchestra - Bartok. This piece is just so clever and so enchanting even though its full of dissonance and enharmonic movement, I can`t help but love it. I can`t wait to have a chance to play it.
4. Cello Concerto no 1 - Dvorak. I have never heard a concerto that is just so perfect in its orchestration, melodic line. I heard this when I was 10, a recording by the awesome Mstilav Rostropovich and the Berlin Phil with Von Karajan. The way that Rostropovich sings that melodic line gives me butterflies.
5. The Planets - Holst. This is a glorious suite which doesn`t let you down. I loved this when I was so young and it hasn`t lost its appeal. I particularly love Mercury, Saturn (with that old person plodding of the basses) and Mars.
6. Scheherazade - Rimsky-Korsakov. This symphonic suite is so vivid in its depiction of the unnarrated story that its riveting! And in this case, I love the woodwind lines and melodies.


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    00:26 on Wednesday, March 24, 2004          
(Kyle)
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Beethoven`s 9th Symphony was the first orchestral work I ever remember sitting down to listen to when I was REALLY young. Its why I love classical music so much.


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    00:28 on Wednesday, March 24, 2004          
(Shanna)
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I agree with Peter and the Wolf, Alyssa. I love the depictions of all the characters and it helps explain the tone and life of all the instruments in a way that children will understand. I personally love the oboe bits (surprise, surprise, a duck).


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    08:47 on Friday, March 26, 2004          
(Rafael)
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Hello, Alissa. Thank you for your kind contribution which deserves more attention. The orchestal works I love are mainly liric and dramatic ones, such as:
Sibelius: 1st Symphony
Mahler: 1st Symphony
Beethoven: 6th Symphony
Dvorak: Serenade for Strings, it makes me to sink in calm melancholy
Rachmaninoff: 2nd Symphony, exquisite, long and elegant melodies; pure velvet.
Tchaikovsky: 6th Symphony, it seems incredible such a music had been made by a human being. There is no other music like this one.
Brahms: 3rd Symphony, 3rd movement`s theme is gorgeus. I`m looking for the piano reduction to play it some day.

Best regards.






Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    04:32 on Monday, April 05, 2004          
(Alyssa)
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Thanks Rafael I agree with you on both the Beethoven and Tchaik 6th Symphonies. The `Pathetique` is glorious and of course, Beethoven`s `Pastoral` has its poignant moments (of mostly clarinet solos )


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    10:29 on Monday, April 05, 2004          
(Anton)
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I really liked the following:

1. Swan lake - Tchickovsky
2. 1812 overture (cool fireworks in most performances!)-Tchickovsky
3. Beethovens 5th - Beethoven
4. Danse des ler miltons (something like that, anyway!)- Tchickovsky
5. Morning (from Peer gynt) - Edward Grieg
6. New world symphony - Dvorak


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    10:29 on Monday, April 05, 2004          
(Anton)
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You can see I like Tchickovsky!


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    14:23 on Saturday, April 17, 2004          
(ophelia)
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Oh my goodness........ there are so many amazing orchestral works!
I agree with a lot of you in loving Tchaikovsky`s 6th Symphony. It is so full of sadness. I love the second movement and the way it`s in 5/4 and sort of `limps along` as one conductor I had put it. On the surface it sounds like any other cheesy waltz but when you listen to it there`s that sense of a kind of deformity- a twisted happiness. Oh, I love it so much and I`m rambling now....
Anyway, I also love Nielsen`s 4th Symphony- the `Inextinguishable`. It`s really little-known and a piece that is seriously under-valued. I heard the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland play it at Christmas and it was amazing. Everyone reading this- go out and listen to it!! In complete contrast to the Tchaik, it really is about the vitality and power of life, it is `inextinguishable`. It`s just such a happy piece of music!
I also love Shostakovich 5, Dvorak 9 (New World) and all of Beethoven`s Symphonies, particularly the Eroica, Pastoral and Choral, as well as the last movement from Symphony no.5. All of these pieces have really changed my perspective on life- they`ve made me love music even more!


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    16:03 on Saturday, April 17, 2004          
(Kevin)
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Probably the orchestra work that made me love music the way i do is Beethoven`s 5th. The piece just gives off power and emotion like no other piece i have ever listened to.


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    22:38 on Saturday, May 22, 2004          
(Valeria)
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The ones that I really like are:
1.Adagio for strings-Samuel Barber(just beautiful)
2.Water Music-Handel
3.5th Symphony-Beethoven
4.The Four Seasons-Vivaldi
5.Canon in D-Pachabel
6.Violin Romance No.2-Beethoven


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    13:41 on Tuesday, June 22, 2004          
(James)
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1. Bloch Concerto Grosso for Piano and Orchestra No. 1. I fell in love with this piece when I played it in my high school orchestra.
2. Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings. I`ve never heard a descneding scale painted as elegantly as in this work.
3. Beethoven Symphony No. 7, 2nd Movement. A beautiful, yet sorrowful melody, that has such underpinning motion. It defines the second, slow movement of a symphony. It was also the first orchestral work I played.
4. Dvorak New World Symphony: I haven`t found anyone who doesn`t love something about this work.


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    02:14 on Wednesday, June 30, 2004          
(Ashley)
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The planets Holst
Violin Concerto 2nd Movt Samuel Barber
Elgar Cello Concerto
Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major
Dvorack Cello Concerto
Vivaldi four seasons mainly Winter and Summer
Chopin piano concerto in Em
Brahms Acedemic Festival Overture- (We played it in our orchestra!!)
Pyre Gynt Suite-Also in our orchestra
Barber of Seville-Orchestra
The Cowboys by Aaron Copland-orchesta
Toy symphony
All Beethoven symphonys-orchestra
Adadgio for strings- Barber-orchestra



Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    08:46 on Wednesday, June 30, 2004          
(Martin)
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Ooooh so many to choose from. My current favorites are

Dvorak 7th Symphony. Everyone who has mentioned 9 - I urge you to listen or try to play this symphony if you don`t know it. In my opinion it is much better than 9.

Ravel La Valse - The textures that Ravel managed to create in his orchestral works are simply stunning and this is one of the best examples.

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances - Rachmaninov rules when it comes to melodies.

Prokoviev Classical Symphony - played this years ago and the shivers that i got from playing it have just never gone. Amazing

There are loads more and they change all the time but these are the ones that came to mind today !!


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    02:29 on Sunday, July 04, 2004          
(Sprezzatura)
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I think that La Mer and Prélude à l`après-midi d`un faune are near the top of my list. The Symphonie fantastique of Berlioz and the Organ Symphony of Saint-Saëns were very formative for me, I must admit. As were Beethoven`s symphonies.
The first thing that really got me, though, was Verdi`s Requiem (I don`t know if this counts - perhaps it`s too choral/vocal?).


Re: Orchestral works that changed your outlook.    11:38 on Wednesday, July 07, 2004          
(hi)
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im confused how can ppl really choose what piece of music has changed them etc. there are so many that i could tell u that has changed me it would take too long.nearly every day i hear something that inspires me or make me look at life differently.however, saying all that i do agree that there are some particular pieces that do effect me better than others!also it is a very deep question!sorry for contradicting myself!


   





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