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Whether you're a musician, a newbie, a composer, or a listener, welcome.


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And the FAQ post, which is stickied right at the top.

Breaking any of the rules will at least lead to post/comment removal, but this can be reversed if we need to make an exception. If you believe your post was wrongly removed, feel free to message us.

Things to Know

  • If you're new to classical music, and are looking for recommendations: first of all, welcome! /r/classicalresources is an archive for people who aren't sure where to start or are looking for more music they'll like, and we send all requests for basics over there. In addition to that, if you're posting an extremely frequently asked question, you may be told to use the search bar to look for similar posts.

  • If you see something that is rude, offensive, or otherwise strikes you as wrong, please report it and we'll take a look. Reports bring things to our attention faster, and posts and comments above a certain number of reports will be automatically removed (with exceptions as needed).

  • Posts from accounts under a certain (small) amount of karma must be manually approved by a mod in order to appear in the feed.

  • Remember that not everyone has the same tastes. If you can't tell why anyone would like a particular composer, don't be afraid to ask rather than dismissing them as "overrated." (On that note, please don't insult others for liking or disliking a specific composer!) And if you're feeling alone in your love of a specific composer, feel free to post some works of theirs that might intrigue others.

  • We acknowledge that the term "classical music" is somewhat porous. While this sub is absolutely not limited to Western classical music, that is currently its main focus.

Resources

  • /r/classicalresources - A variety of resources to help you expand your classical knowledge. Contains guides for beginners, an index of important composers and their works, and lists of classical pieces organised by genre, era, and theme.

Introductory threads

Other useful links

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Recommendations for finales?

I want to use an epic classical piece for the end of my short film.

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2024/04/22
23:48 UTC

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Which musicians do most people like but you don't?

Hoping to create some reasoned discussion instead of trolling and unnecessary hate. Which musicians do most people like but you don't, for a MUSICAL reason?

I'll go first: Karajan and Zimerman. These might be minority opinions but are not unique; if anyone wants me to elaborate I'll do so in the comments.

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2024/04/22
23:19 UTC

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Accessible classical music?

I've noticed that the music I like is often described as "accessible" or they say the composer who wrote it was a "melodist" So I'd like some recommendations of music with these characteristics but please not the usual stuff such as "The Nutcracker" "Les Toreador's" "Beethoven's 9th" "Liebestraum" you know popular pieces everyone knows.

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2024/04/22
23:07 UTC

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Best piece ever: Schumann Sym. 2 Adagio Espressivo

I think this 10 minute-long masterpiece might be the best I've ever heard. I believe it's EXACTLY what classical music is supposed to be. Take a listen and you won't regret it.

There is one melody that's being repeated throughout the entirety of the movement, but the dark and ominous sound of it keeps you wondering what's about to befall you. And when it comes, it's an absolute surprise.

It's impossible to predict, and although this piece is 10 minutes long, it's interesting enough to keep you amazed the entirety of the piece.

I can't recommend this enough. I believe it's incredible, and I'm curious to hear what you guys think. Thanks for reading and allowing me to share my thoughts om this masterpiece with you.

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2024/04/22
22:31 UTC

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I like this a lot. Why not performed more?

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2024/04/22
21:32 UTC

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Prelude in C major from WTC.. Two Guitars

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2024/04/22
20:42 UTC

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Synthesizer repetoire

I'm looking to collect examples of "classical" / new music compositions for synthesizer. I really only know of some pure synthesizer works by Stockhausen. And I'm particularly interested in compositions for synthesizer composed after the initial wave of synthesizer experiments in the 60s and 70s - what do formal avant-garde compositions for synthesizer look like in the 80s, 90s, 00s?

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2024/04/22
20:27 UTC

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Synthesizer repetoire

I'm looking to collect examples of "classical" / new music compositions for synthesizer. I really only know of some pure synthesizer works by Stockhausen. And I'm particularly interested in compositions for synthesizer composed after the initial wave of synthesizer experiments in the 60s and 70s - what do formal avant-garde compositions for synthesizer look like in the 80s, 90s, 00s?

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2024/04/22
20:27 UTC

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Synthesizer repetoire

I'm looking to collect examples of "classical" / new music compositions for synthesizer. I really only know of some pure synthesizer works by Stockhausen. And I'm particularly interested in compositions for synthesizer composed after the initial wave of synthesizer experiments in the 60s and 70s - what do formal avant-garde compositions for synthesizer look like in the 80s, 90s, 00s?

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2024/04/22
20:27 UTC

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Synthesizer repetoire

I'm looking to collect examples of "classical" / new music compositions for synthesizer. I really only know of some pure synthesizer works by Stockhausen. And I'm particularly interested in compositions for synthesizer composed after the initial wave of synthesizer experiments in the 60s and 70s - what do formal avant-garde compositions for synthesizer look like in the 80s, 90s, 00s?

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2024/04/22
20:27 UTC

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What piece started your interest in classical music?

If I remember correctly, I always knew I kinda liked classical music but it was after hearing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata that I started actively listening.

What was yours? 😊

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2024/04/22
20:25 UTC

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Help please. How many hammer blows in this version?

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2024/04/22
19:52 UTC

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‘What’s This Piece?’ Weekly Thread #188

Welcome to the 188th r/classicalmusic weekly piece identification thread!

This thread was implemented after feedback from our users, and is here to help organise the subreddit a little.

All piece identification requests belong in this weekly thread.

Have a classical piece on the tip of your tongue? Feel free to submit it here as long as you have an audio file/video/musical score of the piece. Mediums that generally work best include Vocaroo or YouTube links. If you do submit a YouTube link, please include a linked timestamp if possible or state the timestamp in the comment. Please refrain from typing things like: what is the Beethoven piece that goes "Do do dooo Do do DUM", etc.

Other resources that may help:

- Musipedia - melody search engine. Search by rhythm, play it on piano or whistle into the computer.

- r/tipofmytongue - a subreddit for finding anything you can’t remember the name of!

- r/namethatsong - may be useful if you are unsure whether it’s classical or not

- Shazam - good if you heard it on the radio, in an advert etc. May not be as useful for singing.

- you can also ask Google ‘What’s this song?’ and sing/hum/play a melody for identification

- Facebook 'Guess The Score' group - for identifying pieces from the score

A big thank you to all the lovely people that visit this thread to help solve users’ earworms every week. You are all awesome!

Good luck and we hope you find the composition you've been searching for!

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2024/04/22
19:45 UTC

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Composition

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2024/04/22
18:08 UTC

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Why are music director appointments announced so long in advance?

In another thread we were joking about the replacement, due to illness, of conductor Juanjo Mena by the much more famous Gustavo Dudamel. /u/BadChris666 quipped that "maybe this concert will launch [Dudamel] to become the next music director of the NY Phil?"

The joke being that Dudamel has already been announced, in February 2023, as the new music director of the NY Phil.

Starting in 2026.

I live in the Netherlands where there has been some media kerfluffle about the future double-booking of maestro Klaus Mäkelä, who has been appointed as the new music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra starting in 2027. The problem being that he has also been appointed as the music director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, also starting in 2027. This controversy about Mäkelä's double-booking is happening three years before he has worked a day in either job. And his signing with the RCO was already announced in 2022, five years ahead!

I'm fairly new to the classical music world, and I just wanted to ask, wtf?? I can't think of any other field where high-profile appointments are announced this long in advance. A few months, sure, but three years? Five years? What's going on here?

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2024/04/22
17:27 UTC

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Can someone please recommend songs similar to this clip from a TV show!?

Really love this sound and looking for songs with a similar sound/ instruments. Thank you !

16 Comments
2024/04/22
16:57 UTC

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Thomas Babou - Sonata - Silbermann organ, Ebersmünster, Hauptwerk

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2024/04/22
16:50 UTC

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Does anyone know what is the music playing in this video? I liked the vibe of the music. It's between 3:59 and 4:28.

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2024/04/22
15:34 UTC

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J. Haydn - Hob XXII:5 - Missa Cellensis in C major "Cantata Mass" (1766) [RPCM project]

This poll is for the RPCM project. How do you rate this piece?

Here below you find a recording.

Performers: Susan Gritton, soprano; Pamela Helen Stephen, alto; Mark Padmore, tenor; Stephen Varcoe, bass; Collegium Musicum 90 conducted by Richard Hickox.

J. Haydn - Hob XXII:5 - Missa Cellensis in honorem B.V.M. in C major (youtube.com)

View Poll

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2024/04/22
15:22 UTC

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Tony Ann Returning to NYC this October!

Having sold out two shows this upcoming May, solo pianist Tony Ann is coming back to NYC at The Town Hall on 10.10 presented by LPR! With over 100M+ views and 4M+ followers on social media, Tony Ann seamlessly blends both contemporary and classical styles to create breathtaking compositions. Ann recently released a trilogy of EPs (EMOTIONALLY BLUE, ORANGE, and RED) in partnership with Decca Records France (Universal Music Group) and is now on a world tour following a successful sold-out residency at Le 360 in Paris.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Tony Ann live and experience a night of smooth melodies! Tickets go on sale this Friday, 10 AM EST >>> https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0300608C3592099E

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2024/04/22
15:18 UTC

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Does anyone have the full English translation to Mozart's Difficile Lectu? I need a good laugh.

I think I should mark this NSFW...

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2024/04/22
15:14 UTC

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Baritone - Barkilphedro's Aria from Neo Romantic Opera "L'Homme Qui Rit"

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2024/04/22
13:59 UTC

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Hi friends! 📯 This is a live concert audio and fun photo video of my "Ogre and the Maiden" with the Octava Orchestra in Seattle Washington from 2023! 🎻 Thanks for listening!... Peace! 🎼❤☮

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2024/04/22
13:24 UTC

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Upcoming Chicago Mahler 2

Are the Chicago brass still as loud as the Solti recordings?

I'm going to Chicago for their performance of Mahler 2 in about a month. My friend who is super knowledgeable about music, and who plays trombone, says that all of the Chicago low brass are senile and won't be able to play as loud as I am expecting. I've listened to the Mahler 6 recording from the conductor who will be conducting the Mahler 2 (Esa-Pekka Salonen) and was super impressed with how he loud he got the bass trombone and horns to play with an orchestra that I have never really associated with being loud. Even if they're all "old", but the finale of Mahler 2 is so grand that Georg Solti would come back from the grave to conduct it again. Are my friend's concerns valid and should I expect less or will it be as awesome as I think?

Side note if anyone knows; will there be a screen with the translation of the words in the final movement?

Thanks yall

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2024/04/22
05:39 UTC

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what do you think are the most beautiful pieces of classical music?

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2024/04/22
12:04 UTC

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Composers born on your birthday

Sometime ago I learnt George Friedrich Haas and I shared the same birthday; and, even more surprisingly, I found out that was the case for Roque Cordero too, with whom in addition to the date of birth I also share the country of origin, though I was solely born in there before moving to Italy. Both of them are composers I generally enjoy the music of, so I wondered: does anyone else here have similar personal cases of composers who were born on the same day and month they did and that they actually like? More in General, what is your opinion on such figures, without restricting yourselves to a matter of pure aesthetic taste, if you so choose?

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2024/04/22
09:27 UTC

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Bach to Basics: Piano Magic Spotify Playlist

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2024/04/22
08:35 UTC

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What composer inspired you to become a composer/classical musician?

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2024/04/22
04:59 UTC

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