Light Classical Music

Scott Lewis

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I've been a fan of this category of music. For those of you who wonder what the heck Scott is talking about, the quickest reference would be music played behind commercials. The worst kind of this genre would be "elevator music." However the BEST examples would be on vintage Mantovani records. The best light music is very lyrical and will stick in your brain.

The music originated in England at the end of the 19th century at beachside concerts. It's heyday was in the 50s, starting with Mantovani's "Charmaine." Then it really took off with American orchestra turning albums out by the ton with this type of music: Morton Gould, Melachrino, etc. Then about the mid 60s when rock drowned out anything with imaginative scoring, tunefulness or fun to listen to.

Where do we find this genre now? Movie scores and serial TV shows. Those with a romantic theme. Listen to the cues. There are some pretty good composers out there, even though their music cues are buried. :)

And this wicked world could use a little light music today
 

Art Rock

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Hyperion has an excellent series of albums on this, including three or four on british light music Coates, ketelbey, and so on), European and American. Highly recommended.
 

Scott Lewis

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Yes, there are tons of light music CDs that have hit the market. I know this. However I'd like to get in an discussion. Oh well. Drive on.
 

Hildegard

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I've been a fan of this category of music. For those of you who wonder what the heck Scott is talking about, the quickest reference would be music played behind commercials. The worst kind of this genre would be "elevator music." However the BEST examples would be on vintage Mantovani records. The best light music is very lyrical and will stick in your brain.

The music originated in England at the end of the 19th century at beachside concerts. It's heyday was in the 50s, starting with Mantovani's "Charmaine." Then it really took off with American orchestra turning albums out by the ton with this type of music: Morton Gould, Melachrino, etc. Then about the mid 60s when rock drowned out anything with imaginative scoring, tunefulness or fun to listen to.

Where do we find this genre now? Movie scores and serial TV shows. Those with a romantic theme. Listen to the cues. There are some pretty good composers out there, even though their music cues are buried. :)

And this wicked world could use a little light music today

Okay I have to ask: Why do you like this kind of music? ;)
 

Kavita

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I don't know much about classical music of the West but we in India have a strong culture of light music. Based lightly on the Indian classical music, these songs are a delight to hear. In fact most of are film songs are actually light music.
I do want to hear more on western light music. Can anyone suggest a few references.
 

janny108

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Who or what would be classified as light classical music? Because to me classical music seems so rich, profound etc.
Jan
 

rojo

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Well, I think the term is from a British style of orchestral music. But the term can be widened to include other classical music as well. I think Strauss waltzes and polkas, Sousa marches and some of Leroy Anderson`s music would apply. Here`s some info -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_music
 

Krummhorn

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Staff member
Herbert von Karajan conducts the Blue Danube Waltz:
[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTqlLKBKFhg[/YOUTUBE]
 

Sybarite

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Herbert von Karajan conducts the Blue Danube Waltz:
[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTqlLKBKFhg[/YOUTUBE]

Wonderful. Thank you for that link.

I've always understood the term to be as Rojo describes it – and I'd suggest that it's primarily based on snobbery.

In some ways, you see a similar snobbery from 'rock' fans who are derisive of 'pop'.

Personally, there are days when I'm in the mood for Strauss and days when I want Mahler, just as I enjoy the Pet Shop Boys one day and the Rolling Stones the next.

I'd also agree that, in a lot of ways, film music now fits this description. Indeed, on the UK radio channel, Classic FM – generally regarded as 'light classical' – it's a staple part of the playlists.
 

rojo

Moderator
Don`t know if it`s based on snobbery per se; I think I would use it as a term to describe shorter, less complex works. Ones that are on a smaller scale as compared to larger, longer or more major works. It works better than say, 'lesser works,' anyway. Or 'minor works.' It`s all just labels anyway.
 

methodistgirl

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I like the blue waltz or blue danube. I fell in love with that waltz when
I saw the movie 2001 by Arthur C. Clark. I love any kind of waltz and
you don't have to be a snob to like it.
judy tooley
 

methodistgirl

New member
I know that this kind of music was the rage during the victorian era.
The last time I saw someone dance to this piece was on the public
broadcasting network. To my state it's K.E.T. network. But on this
show the dancers were wearing blue ballgowns and the male dancers
were wearing blue tuxes. The music and sight on television was a
beautiful sight. When the song and dance was over they got a standing
ovation and I was in tears. I like this song during Christmas. I know
that these waltzes were popular during the Victorian era.
judy tooley
 
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