Classical Music/How to define my musical taste?
Hi! I'm recently been introduced to classical music, and there is such a broad range of it that I'm finding it a bit overwhelming trying to find music that suits my taste! How do I start this selection process to define my musical taste so to speak? I like a lot of rhythm with heavy emphasis on strings. The song below is currently my favorite. Thank you so much!
I have just become a fan of this music for the Downton Abbey! I really like it, myself.
I looked up the composer, John Lunn, if you look him up in Wikipedia he has done other soundtracks for TV that you might want to check out, I haven't listened to them yet.
It sounds like you would want to try string-heavy movie soundtracks. "Classical music" is very broad and much of it fits into style-periods that correspond to their creation in history# This piece sounds like minimalism# That just means doing much with little material# Movie scores are often minimalist# They almost always have a very repetitious and driving rhythm# Since we are on the subject of British composers here, Michael Nyman is a British minimalist# He wrote the music to the movie the Piano# He turned the music into a full piano concerto and there's lots of strings# I'll put a link at the bottom# I think you'll like it#
For driving rhythmic strings, try Vivaldi's Four Seasons# My personal favorite is "Winter"# It's a very old one, but a good one#
Another string only work is Sam Barber's Adagio for strings# It's not fast and driving but it gets very intense and a must listen# It was composed early in the twentieth century and was used in the Vietnam film "Platoon" near the end of the film#
For a modern string work try Aaron Jay Kernis "Symphony in Waves"#
The "Romantic" style period was in the 1800's and I personally love Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony#
Another good symphony is Howard Hanson's Romantic Symphony# That's on youtube# three mvt's#
And Beethoven's 5th Symphony is probably the most well known symphony#
Check out the movie music to "Out of Africa" The music where the airplane is flying over the ground is just fantastic# It was written by John Barry who did the James Bond music back in the day#
My personal favorite composer is the Russian, Dmitri Shostakovich# I like Symphony's one, five, ten#my favorite#, and fifteen# Some of the movements are either all strings or mostly strings and you could check them out, too#
That will give you a pretty broad sampling of mostly string music#
Feel free to update me on your listening# Tell me : "I liked this, I didn't like that, etc#"
then I can suggest more based on your preference of the above works#
Good luck, and happy listening!
Here's some links: I don't know how to make them clickable#
Looks like the periods turned into pound signs. Sorry.
Michael Nyman: "Piano Concerto" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=mfEUm0vtPhE
John Barry: "Out of Africa" http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=eWZ2adCaKo4
Aaron Jay Kernis: Symphony in Waves This is all I could find: http://www.last.fm/music/Aaron+Jay+Kernis
Howard Hanson: Romantic Symphony mvt 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGgznzG5Ygc&feature=player_detailpage
mvt 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H6abSJnTwg&feature=player_detailpage
movement 3 is more exciting try this first maybe.
mvt 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN4li1lVReQ&feature=player_detailpage
Vivaldi "the four seasons" "Winter": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu6Hr9kd-U0&feature=player_detailpage
Trombone doing the same work. I can't resist, I am a trombonist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=eotzGkapusE
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony 5 mvt. 3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=rbgvGOzaVbU
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