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    exciting classical music works

    I thought it might be fun to make a list of classical music works that are exciting and/or dramatic to listen to. Here`s what I have come up with (so far ), in no particular order-
    • Also Sprach Zarathustra- Richard Strauss
    • Mars, form the Planets- Gustav Holst
    • New World Symphony- Antonin Dvorak
    • Carmina Burana- Carl Orff
    • La Mer- Claude Debussy
    • La Valse- Maurice Ravel
    • Don Juan- Richard Strauss
    • Tosca- Giacomo Puccini
    • Turandot (Nessun Dorma)- G. Puccini
    • Piano Concerto- P. E. Tchaikovsky
    • Firebird- Igor Stravinsky
    • Rite of Spring- Igor Stravinsky
    • Pictures at an Exhibition (Great Gates of Kiev)- Modest Mussorgsky
    • Daphnis and Chloe- Maurice Ravel
    • Sheherazade- N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov
    • Fifth Symphony- Dmitry Shostakovich
    • 1812 Overture- P. E. Tchaikovsky
    Anyone have anything to add? I`ll probably think of more shortly...
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    Commodore of Water Music Gareth's Avatar
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    Yeah, some of those are pretty dramatic. I have one.

    How about Beethovens 5th, that is pretty dramatic if it is used over and over again in the media. I reckon Swan Lake is also a great listening piece, Zadok the Priest--Handel. William Tell Overture is also a great one. Ride of the Walkaries --Wagner is also great.

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    Last edited by Gareth; Apr-23-2006 at 13:45.
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    Dramatic / Exciting works

    For exciting, I'd pick Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3. I was listening to it a few days ago and my wife was in the other room...she came in and said it made her heart beat faster just hearing it second-hand.

    For dramatic, I'd pick Rachmaninov's PIano Concerto #2. I just seeps emotion from every measure.

    As a bonus, here's another entry for something calming (or tranquil)...Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral).

    Ed

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    I especially agree on this one- Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #2 (not familiar with the Prokofiev, unfortunately)

    And this one- Wagner`s Ride of the Valkyries

    But I have to disagee with this statement-
    Yeah, some of those are pretty dramatic.
    To me, the ones listed are all dramatic...

    Got another one- Moussorgsky`s Night on Bald (or Bare) Mountain
    Last edited by rojo; Apr-28-2006 at 07:54.
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    Commodore of Water Music Gareth's Avatar
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    Rachmaninoffs Prelude in C# minor which I am learning as a duet with the teacher to play to the class
    What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell -- John Dryden (1631-1700)

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    Hi Gareth,

    It`s funny; last night after logging out, I too thought of that piece. It is indeed a dramatic one. I figured I`d post it today, but you beat me to it!

    My Dad used to play it when in his teens; I`ve noodled with it, but never really perfected it- it`s kind of a pain to read...

    I bet the class will love it!
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    Commodore of Water Music Gareth's Avatar
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    Thanks for your reply Rojo.

    I am the treble part which is the Primo and the teacher is the Secendo. Although the bass has some "Wonderful" syncopation in the Agitato part. It is going to be a challenge, but any challenge in music is great for me.

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    Hi...

    I see my favorite classical works are already posted ,well I'm glad we all have similar taste in music but ill name my favorites anyway...

    Rachmaninof concerto #2,Antonin Dvorak New world symphony,Rachmaninof prelude in c# minor,Chopins nocturnes,Puccini's Turandot(nessun dorma) Liszt's Hungarian Rapsody,Beethoven's Moonlight sonata,Bizet's Carmen...

    I'm sure I could think of more...

    Yours truly
    Izabella

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    True, Izabella; Chopin`s Nocturnes can be very exciting, as well as Liszt`s Hungarian Rhapsody.

    Here are some more dramatic works-

    March to the Scaffold, from Berlioz`s 'Symphonie Fantastique'
    Sabre Dance, by Khatchaturian
    Overture: Fireworks Music, by Handel
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Hanna
    For exciting, I'd pick Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3. I was listening to it a few days ago and my wife was in the other room...she came in and said it made her heart beat faster just hearing it second-hand.

    For dramatic, I'd pick Rachmaninov's PIano Concerto #2. I just seeps emotion from every measure.

    As a bonus, here's another entry for something calming (or tranquil)...Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral).

    Ed
    I agree Beethoven's 6th is tranquil, but don’t forget it does have the thunderstorm movement which I think is quite exciting. Also, Prokofiev's 2nd piano concerto qualifies under the category of 'exciting'. Among other pieces I recommend the ballades/sonatas/scherzi by Chopin. The Sonata in B minor by Liszt is a very dramatic composition among many from his output. Mozart’s requiem is probably his most dramatic work.

    Brad

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    Hi Ms. Rojo,

    Have you ever heard Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto? The first movement has an absolutely thrilling and L-O-N-G piano cadenza.

    Here's a link for you:

    http://www.classicalarchives.com/artists/vracheva.html

    Cheers,

    Giovanni
    Last edited by giovannimusica; May-16-2006 at 06:35.

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    Hi gio,

    Well, I didn`t feel like becoming a member there. But I will definitely keep my ears open for this work; probably when I do hear it, I`ll say 'oh yeah, that one!' like I so often do...
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
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    Commodore of Water Music Gareth's Avatar
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    The thunderstorm movement is in the 6th symphony yes.
    What Passion Cannot Music Raise and Quell -- John Dryden (1631-1700)

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    Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 1
    Beethoven's Fifth (of course!)
    Rossini - L'Italiana In Algeri (Overture)
    Elgar - In The South
    Mendelssohn - "Italian" Symphony, Octet
    Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 23, Symphony No. 35 "Haffner"
    Wagner - "Der Meistersinger Von Nurnberg" (Overture)
    Dvorak - Symphonies No. 7 and 9

    But there are so many other choices too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM
    But there are so many other choices too!
    True. Beethoven`s Third (Eroica) is exciting as well.
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
    ''The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.'' - Michael Jackson


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