justira ([personal profile] justira) wrote2006-07-14 01:45 pm

Classical/Instrumental Music?

Because I'm lame classy, when I get tired of listening to news radio (which gets really damn repetitive and depressing) I tend to switch to the classical station. I did that yesterday, right when a commercial finished and the announcer-dude was introducing the next piece. I didn't pay too much attention, because while I loves me some classical, most of it is not so memorable that I want to seek out the exact piece again.

That time, it was.

And I couldn't tell you what it was or who it was by if my life depended on it. All I caught from the host was "concerto," which is oh so helpful.

Dammit. I really want to heard that piece again.

I can't even describe it, because I'm music-retarded. Damn.

Oh well. I shall live.

So, to celebrate my decision to go on living despite my travail, I ask of you, O f-list, to give me suggestions on classical (or any other kind of instrumental) music.

My problem with classical/instrumental music is that I just... I don't know my way around the genre. I have a list of, oh 3,000 songs or so from other genres, with the usual band name/song title dynamic going on, and I can recite that list for you, if you'd like. I got it more or less memorized, as well as all the lyrics. This is not something I am lame enough to do on purpose, it's just the kind of information I absorb easily.

With instrumental pieces -- or, more to the point, classical pieces -- I just fail. There's more to remember, and it's different. Original composer, title of the piece (if it has one, and when it does it tends to contain a lot of confusing words like "concerto" and "symphony" and also probably numbers), conductor, orchestra that performed it, etc. It's the last two things that really get me. I know a number of classical pieces I adore, but I jkust don't know where to go for good renditions!

So, f-list. Please recommend to me classical pieces with specific renditions if you've got 'em. Any other instrumental music is fine, no matter the style. I'll probably like it, and I'm at the very least willing to give it a try!

I do have a couple of specific requests:

1) Someone pweeeeese tell me where to go for a good rendition of Für Elise (or the Bagatelle in A minor, whichever you prefer). I love that thing to death and I yearn for the pretty. Someone also please inform me if I've matched up the two different names it has correctly >.>

2) Ode to Joy. Gimme. Good version. With or without vocals. Both. Either. Yes.

3) Harpscichords are made of sex. Recommend harpsichord pieces. For that matter, so are harps. Rec those too, please =D

4) I've lost my copy (copies) of the LotR soundtrack. All of it. Anybody willing to share? =(

[identity profile] muggy-mountain.livejournal.com 2006-07-14 06:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I can recommend lots of instrumental music, but most of it is folky/world rather than classical, as most of the classical I listen to is the experimental 20th century stuff. If that's ok with you, I can name quite a few and maybe even upload a thing or two.

[identity profile] justira.livejournal.com 2006-07-14 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, please do! I'm definitely willing to give it a go, and I'm grateful for any and all suggestions! Uploading would make you not just awesome, but also a peach. And I never use that term XD

[identity profile] snarkymonkey.livejournal.com 2006-07-14 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
If you like LotR, I have to recommend Johann de Meij's Symphony no. 1, inspried by Lord of the Rings. It's five parts, I do believe and while not as expansive as Howard Shore's take, I think it has a very wonderful charm. It's heavier, however. More brass in the last part more than anything. Then again, I could have the movements mixed in my head so that might be a load of shit. XD I have that one if you want to listen to it. My copy also has the Magician's Apprentice on it. It's done by the London Symphony Orchestra and you really can't go wrong with them. =3

I actually have a crap load of classical and am always on the hunt for more.

Also, Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Absolutely beautiful and I can listen to that, over and over.

Alfred Reed's The Hounds of Spring is another fun one. I haven't heard it in a long time, however, so my opinion may change but I doubt it. =3 It's more a concert piece than some deep-seated symphonic piece.

Beethoven -- or maybe it was Bach -- composed quite a few pieces with harpsichord. You'd have no end of trouble there. Man, my band director would kick my ass for my lack of remembering right now. XD Dood. I'm all kinds of suck.

I think I'm going to have to rummage in my CD collection tonight. =3

[identity profile] justira.livejournal.com 2006-07-15 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
Ooooh, suggestions, yay! I will take a look at all of them!

But... um... any recs on whose rendition(s) to pick for Vivaldi, Reed, and Beethoven and/or Bach...? meep
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[identity profile] megalotro.livejournal.com 2006-07-14 09:33 pm (UTC)(link)
When I get home I shall spam you greatly~ oh such spam you shall have~

Gustav Mahler is my fav dead German classical composer ^^ his 6th Symphony Tragic is~ *heart* so good~ I'll see if I have it floating around to rip for you~ lubs lubs lubs~

Mendelson does an excellent Midsummer Night's Dream ^^

Pwa, I spam later, I swear~

-Tro
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[identity profile] megalotro.livejournal.com 2006-07-14 11:04 pm (UTC)(link)
http://reverseangel.net/music/Trans-Siberian%20Ochestra%20-%2014%20-%20Fur%20Elise.mp3 my fav version that I have ^^ looking for Mahler's 6th for you at the mo~ I've also got Mozart's Eine Kleine Nactmusik if you wants ^^ Might have those LoTR soundtracks floating around, as well - will look ^^

-Tro

[identity profile] justira.livejournal.com 2006-07-15 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
I LOVE YOU FOR THREE AND A HALF FOREVERS.

Fur Elise = WIN.
Tran-Siberian Orchestra = SO MUCH WIN.

=DDDDD

GLEE

[identity profile] flyboymike.livejournal.com 2006-07-15 04:28 am (UTC)(link)
When it comes to classical, I like to stick to the real classics... Star Wars theme song! Well, really and truly, John Williams has come up with some good scores over the years. I also like Copeland's Rodeo. Oh, but you've got to get Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue if you're out hunting down instrumental music.

Other instrumental but not classical... if you want some mellow jazz (real jazz, not that "lite jazz" shit they play on the radio), you've got Miles Davis with Kind of Blue. Maybe try some Charlie Parker if you're looking for slightly crazy, fast bebop. If you're willing to try some kind of jazz with vocals, get Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington, and Duke Ellington. The man was simply a genius.