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Message 1282447 - Posted: 10 Sep 2012, 23:50:19 UTC

Music! I have always considered Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" as one of the best pieces of music ever. I have the version scored by Bernstein with him performing the piano solo's with the New York Philharmonic and after hearing other performances on Music Choice I am amazed at the degree of variation that different organizations apply to this piece. Btw, I think Bernstein's is the best.
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Message 1282457 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 0:57:41 UTC

I to find that piece very enjoyable. I first became aware of it when I think it was American Airlines used it in a commercial some years back. I did a google search to see who composed it. I myself like the Original George Gershwins version. But I will have to take a listen to the Bernstein version as I do like his renditions of other composers works a lot.

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Message 1282468 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 1:36:22 UTC

My Dad liked that piece of music too.
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Message 1282513 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 4:46:40 UTC - in response to Message 1282447.

Rhapsody in Blue

Bob I would say that you have great taste in music.
I did not start to really get in to that stuff until I was in to my twenties.

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Message 1282523 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 5:43:51 UTC

I think it is a brilliant piece of music as well!

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Message 1282533 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 6:19:45 UTC

What originally got me hooked on classical music were some of Warner Bros. cartoons that used sections from Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky to motivate the actions of the cartoon characters. I was also fascinated by Disney's Fantasia.

But I like Rock-n-Roll too.
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Message 1282544 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 6:45:34 UTC - in response to Message 1282533.
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What originally got me hooked on classical music were some of Warner Bros. cartoons that used sections from Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky to motivate the actions of the cartoon characters. I was also fascinated by Disney's Fantasia.

But I like Rock-n-Roll too.

And Wagner (cue Elmer Fudd: "Kill da Wabbit, Kill da Wabbit...")

I remember The Ride of the Valkyries was used in several cartoons, mostly for shipwrecks and fierce storms and such.

And one that always stuck in my memory was, I think Heckle and Jeckle (the 2 Crows/Magpies), building a skyscraper to the tune of one of Dvorak's Polovtsian Dances.
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Message 1282589 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 11:01:25 UTC

My favourite piece of classical music is the Requiem from Mozart.
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Message 1282597 - Posted: 11 Sep 2012, 11:31:33 UTC

I like Bernstein's version as well. Good music is timeless. My 2 favourite classical pieces are Beethoven's 6th & Holst's The Planets.

However, who can forget Torvill & Dean dancing to Ravel's Bolero - Superb!
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Message 1282778 - Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 7:12:43 UTC
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I go through periods where I spend a lot of time listening to Bach fugues and organ pieces. I once had a roommate who built his own harpsichord from a kit. He taught me a few easy fugues, but he got out of the Navy before I could get good at it. Maybe I'll get myself a keyboard for Christmas...
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Message 1282792 - Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 8:09:49 UTC


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Message 1282801 - Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 8:21:26 UTC
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One of my favorites as a young 'un was the 'Switched On Bach' bits released on Columbia records by Walter/Wendy Carlos.
They were some of the first things done on a Moog synthesizer, and required very laborious setups to record just a line or two at a time.

There was also another album called 'The Pocket Bach', with a number of tunes transcribed for harmonica. That was pretty neat too.

My fav classical thingys these days are probably the Puccini operas, and in a lighter mood, anything Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Message 1282841 - Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 10:51:01 UTC

I like Bach's Toccata a lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipzR9bhei_o
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Message 1282854 - Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 11:21:54 UTC - in response to Message 1282533.

What originally got me hooked on classical music were some of Warner Bros. cartoons that used sections from Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky to motivate the actions of the cartoon characters. I was also fascinated by Disney's Fantasia.

But I like Rock-n-Roll too.


That is so true. Those old cartoons had a lot of classical music in them. So did the Tv shows in the old days. The lone Ranger theme was the SWilliam Tell overture, And Don Ameche hosted a show that traveled the word showing different circuses and one piece of music I can still remember is the Saber Dance. As a kid I never knew it was called that though.

My favorite music is Tchaikovsky's Nut Cracker suite, As conducted by Berstein.
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Message 1283310 - Posted: 13 Sep 2012, 18:52:06 UTC - in response to Message 1282801.

...My fav classical thingys these days are probably the Puccini operas, and in a lighter mood, anything Gilbert and Sullivan.

Meow.


We saw Pirates of Penzance at Stratford a few weeks ago, and loved it. A lot of the lyrics are still very funny and relevant to today.

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Message 1283505 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 8:04:45 UTC - in response to Message 1283310.

...My fav classical thingys these days are probably the Puccini operas, and in a lighter mood, anything Gilbert and Sullivan.

Meow.


We saw Pirates of Penzance at Stratford a few weeks ago, and loved it. A lot of the lyrics are still very funny and relevant to today.

Wonderful. A couple of rather witty guys, they wuz.
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Message 1283542 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 11:19:49 UTC

Sonata K 331 from Mozart is also a beautiful piece of music.

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Message 1283601 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 14:00:17 UTC
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Uhh.....I know Valentina is known more for her technical master rather than her artistic interpretations......but.
Can YOU do this? I thought not.

LOL, and she just looks sooooooooo evil at times looking over her eyebrows......LOL. Luv her.
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Message 1283667 - Posted: 14 Sep 2012, 17:15:46 UTC

And then we have Albinoni's Adagio, music from heaven!

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