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    (Original post by Tempest)
    The best way to get over stage fright is play a piece as a performance in front of all your friends who play an instrument every 6-10 weeks.
    That sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately my performing days are well and truly over...
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    (Original post by Manatee)
    That sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately my performing days are well and truly over...
    it was part of my high school curriculum, every 6 weeks we had to do a solo for everyone else. Next time I had to do a performance on stage solo, I didn't even think twice.
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    You'd think I'd have gotten used to performing to an audience now I've been doing it for years and years, but (with the trumpet) I still get nervous I don't think I'm confident enough in my ability.

    No problems with the bass, though.
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    (Original post by IceFleur)
    I would love to be put in! Recently I've become obsessed with Debussy, I find that once I accomplish the piece technically only a little tweaking needs to be done before its up to my standard. Mozart just irritates me, though it is rewarding when it sounds perfect.
    I play the cello! Well, not at such a high standard as the piano. But I do love playing Suite no 1 in G by Bach - that is so beautiful.
    woo! somebody else who's obsessed with debussy i so want to learn the cello, the sound is wonderful where volins just give me a headache
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    oh yeah i forgot to mention, please count me in
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    (Original post by moonscape)
    woo! somebody else who's obsessed with debussy i so want to learn the cello, the sound is wonderful where volins just give me a headache
    true, I hate the metallic timbre of my instrument, sadly I wish they'd write complicated solos like they have for the violin, instead for the viola. I love the timbre of the viola because it has a resonance quality similar to the cello but doesn't get metallic when it starts to hit its upper register.

    Debussy is a great composer, but I like Dvorak and Sibelius more.
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    (Original post by Tempest)
    true, I hate the metallic timbre of my instrument, sadly I wish they'd write complicated solos like they have for the violin, instead for the viola. I love the timbre of the viola because it has a resonance quality similar to the cello but doesn't get metallic when it starts to hit its upper register.

    Debussy is a great composer, but I like Dvorak and Sibelius more.
    Violas sound so nice but there is so little for them to do. I think I played a viola concerto once. I think it was by Mendelssohn but I'm not sure. I remember it was beautiful though.
    I LOVE Dvorak, his American Quartet is amazing. The second movement 'cello part makes me cry!
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    Ooh, I missed this thread completely. Can I join?

    My favourite composer is without a doubt, Chopin. His nocturnes on the piano are truly beautiful- restrained and simple, but still effective

    I am also a big fan of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. They have so many powerful and moving pieces, and yet they can produce things like "Peter and the Wolf" :p:. What a crazy world!

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    Can I be in?!

    I like Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaniov, Haydn just to name a few
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    Is this strictly classical or from the wide range of periods

    i'll listen to anything really, preferably stuff that uses a whole orchestra such as berlioz, schubert (unfinished symphony, what a great piece of mysic that was) and other stuff like that
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    (Original post by Scubar)
    Is this strictly classical or from the wide range of periods

    i'll listen to anything really, preferably stuff that uses a whole orchestra such as berlioz, schubert (unfinished symphony, what a great piece of mysic that was) and other stuff like that
    No no, it's very much in the wide sense From early Roman fanfares to modern film music
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    mmmm, Elgar's Cello concertos...

    Not that into opera at all, but Bizet's Pearl Fisher's duet is FANTASTIC.
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    He only wrote one Catty :P

    Favourite composers: Sibelius, Brahms, Bach, Tchaikovsky (symphonies not his ballet music)

    Least favourite composers: Mozart, Berlioz

    The opening to Sibelius 1 almost makes me cry! A pure clarinet solo over a soft timpani roll... how can it be so powerful and gorgeous when there's so little to it?

    Count me in!
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    haha, i couldn't quite remember what number it was (or if it had a number at all) so i put an 's' on the end just for good measure :P thanks

    mmmm, sibelius...i do like tchaikovsky's ballet music though....and ballet music in general. big dance fan here.
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    By the way, sorry to butt in but if anybody has written any classical music they'd like to share please feel free to share it with us here!!

    Also if you like, I can add a few links to some of everyone's favourite pieces next to their names on the list. I'll update the list tomorrow for those who aren't on it yet
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    (Original post by Rebecca/Becca)
    Violas sound so nice but there is so little for them to do. I think I played a viola concerto once. I think it was by Mendelssohn but I'm not sure. I remember it was beautiful though.
    I LOVE Dvorak, his American Quartet is amazing. The second movement 'cello part makes me cry!
    Yeah not much for violas which pisses me off, the sound quality is amazing, which is why I'm more interested in the Chinese Violin now a days, because the timbre is different, it's so live, like there's 3 types one has the timbre of bird song, the other of the human voice and the third one is an in between.

    I love Dvorak's cello concerto, and let's see, his 9th Symphony, and a number of other things. Mendelssohn's violin concerto is another favorite of mine. Let's see what else, for Solo pieces besides Mendelssohn's I had lots of fun playing Mozart's 5th, hmm can't think of others right now, oh well.

    Although I must say Mahler's pieces are crazy, you guys should analyze them, very interesting stuff.

    OneArmed, I am not putting up stuff that I have written, esp. not all the goddamn chorals I had to write for theory class.
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    I adore classical music esspecialy Debussy, Mussorsgky, Chopin, Elgar, Wagner.....alot of romantic composers!

    My two favourite pieces of all time have to be prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune by debussy, and the music to swan lake final scene by tchaikovsky (it has to be the final scene...the bit where it goes into a major key....it makes me shudder!)
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    (Original post by Tempest)
    Yeah not much for violas which pisses me off, the sound quality is amazing, which is why I'm more interested in the Chinese Violin now a days, because the timbre is different, it's so live, like there's 3 types one has the timbre of bird song, the other of the human voice and the third one is an in between.

    I love Dvorak's cello concerto, and let's see, his 9th Symphony, and a number of other things. Mendelssohn's violin concerto is another favorite of mine. Let's see what else, for Solo pieces besides Mendelssohn's I had lots of fun playing Mozart's 5th, hmm can't think of others right now, oh well.

    Although I must say Mahler's pieces are crazy, you guys should analyze them, very interesting stuff.

    OneArmed, I am not putting up stuff that I have written, esp. not all the goddamn chorals I had to write for theory class.
    That's one reason I love Dvorak, he uses all the instruments really well and gives them a lot to do. He was a viola player, hence why the viola gets to pay the first bit of the main theme in the first movement of the American Quartet!
    I also love Wagner. Yeah so he was a big Nazi (it's true....) but his music is so moving. Orff's Carmina Burana is amazing, went to see it live at the Royal Albert Hall - fantastic, especially the famous 'O Fortuna'.
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    (Original post by Catty)
    i do like tchaikovsky's ballet music though....and ballet music in general. big dance fan here.
    Talking of ballet, I went to see a triple bill at Covent Garden on Saturday - one of the pieces was "A Month on the Country" with music by Chopin (Variations on "La ci darem la mano", Fantasy on Polish Airs, Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante). It was absolutely brilliant, and the combination of Chopin's wonderful music and Sylvie Guillem/Jonathan Cope was a real treat ...
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    (Original post by Manatee)
    Talking of ballet, I went to see a triple bill at Covent Garden on Saturday - one of the pieces was "A Month on the Country" with music by Chopin (Variations on "La ci darem la mano", Fantasy on Polish Airs, Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante). It was absolutely brilliant, and the combination of Chopin's wonderful music and Sylvie Guillem/Jonathan Cope was a real treat ...
    I can imagine Chopin is excellent for ballet music.

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