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by Ken
Sun May 07, 2006 6:19 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 42821

From arguably my favourite 'part-time' composer:

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by Ken
Fri May 05, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Question Re: Beethoven's 'Pastoral'
Replies: 13
Views: 4001

Hm.. I don't think so... What I've read about this fragment is that Beethoven (probably while talking to Schindler, but I'm not sure) wanted to show in a humorous way the characteristic behaviour of peasant musicians. He said that while playing double-basses in a village band they tend to fall asle...
by Ken
Thu May 04, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Humor in music
Replies: 22
Views: 5428

Corlyss_D wrote:
Gary wrote:There's nothing funny about classical music! :twisted:
Um, have you heard Mozart's Musical Joke?
That has a Köchel well into the five-hundreds, no? At this point he was undoubtedly ticked off with the 'musical establishment'!
by Ken
Thu May 04, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Question Re: Beethoven's 'Pastoral'
Replies: 13
Views: 4001

^ :lol:

Thanks for all your help, folks! I still can't remove the image of sheep grazing when the 2/4 portions of the third movement kick in... Leave it to MacBeethoven, huh?
by Ken
Thu May 04, 2006 10:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Favorite 5 pieces
Replies: 78
Views: 19300

Here's what I have been favouring lately, in no particular order: - Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite (has anyone else noticed how difficult it is to get an affordable recording of this sans the Peer Gynt nonsense?) - Antonin Dvorak's Symphony no.9 'From the New World' : I'm surprised not many people hav...
by Ken
Thu May 04, 2006 6:42 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Humor in music
Replies: 22
Views: 5428

I do enjoy Haydn's 'Surprise' Symphony, and I don't think it takes a special type of person to appreciate the humour he inserted there. Aside from this, Schubert's 'Trout Quintet' especially comes to mind. While he may not have intended to write a comical piece from the beginning, the work's light a...
by Ken
Thu May 04, 2006 6:34 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Question Re: Beethoven's 'Pastoral'
Replies: 13
Views: 4001

Thank you, Ralph!

My interest in classical music is only a few years in the making and I hope to gain some valuable insight from you learned sages. :wink:
by Ken
Thu May 04, 2006 6:28 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Question Re: Beethoven's 'Pastoral'
Replies: 13
Views: 4001

Question Re: Beethoven's 'Pastoral'

Hello, all! I'm a new user here, and I thought I would introduce myself first by inquiring about one of my favourite symphonies, Beethoven's no.6. During the middle section of the Allegro movement, aptly nicknamed the Happy gathering of country folk , he punctuates the Scherzo and Trio portions with...
by Ken
Thu May 04, 2006 6:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: Essential reading for newbie
Replies: 34
Views: 36808

An excellent guide that I stumbled across is DK's 'Classical Music' guidebook. In the spirit of their colourful eyewitness travel guides, they arranged an exhaustive chronological dictionary of composers, complete with biographies and analyses of key works. The illustrations alone are worth the sell...