TSR Classical Music Society

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Welcome

A few members have expressed a desire for a haven to talk about classical music - from traditional, film, baroque to contemporary. All classical music discussion is welcome here

So I'm your founder. I'm Mike. I like all sorts of classical, but generally I prefer more tonal/melodic stuff. I totally love JS Bach, Mozart, Beethoven (no kidding), Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Holst and Haydn to name a few! I've recently started getting into film music too which I'm sure I can learn more about from others in this here society

See attachment for my proposed logo :cool: I originally had something more complex but it really didn't work when shrunk, so I opted for something simple yet powerful: a quaver

Note: I am aware of the existance of the UKL Music Society, but this seems to be more for music students and it's still lurking about in the academic subforums.

Note #2: I've closed my film music society thread upon creation of this one

Note #3: No need for a member list. If you're a tr00 member it'll show up under 'My Societies'!
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Bach is chordally a genius.
Have you heard much Mussorgsky? There's another very good composer. I reccommend Pictures At An Exhibition, and Night On A Bald/Bare Mountain.
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I know Mossourgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition quite well, along with a couple of other pieces which I can't remember the names of. I agree he's great too Especially PAAE #4!
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Ooooo, I love pictures at an exhibition, played it last year with the local youth orchestra, nice stuff...

I tend not to got for Baroque stuff (except for the really popular violin concertos etc), it bores me, much prefer more romantic and contemporary stuff. HUGE fan of Shostakovich, as well as Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Mahler, Satie, Debussy, Chopin, Sibelius, Tarrega.

As for film music, John Williams is a genius, although has anyone noticed that the theme from Schindler's list sounds suspiciously similar to the Harry Potter main theme? Practically identical!
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:rofl: I haven't noticed that, no... but the idea that those two films contain the same tune is quite funny.
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i love debussy! his images, estampers and pour le piano are amazing and they are seriously underplayed. my goal of the summer is to play them all , and as for film music, i love phantom of the opera
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So who wants to be in?
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I'm most definitely in!!
Loving Bach (the St John and St Matthew Passions - fab), Handel (ooh the Coronation Anthems), Mozart just because he is such a legend and Dvorak for his amazing harmonies and ridiculous key changes!
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So I actually read the other day that they've discovered a new Bach mass
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I'll be in!!!
Another Bach Mass? Isn't it a bit late?? :P
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So I actually read the other day that they've discovered a new Bach mass
Awesome! He's actually a legend. And he had a bazillion kids or something.....
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Awesome! He's actually a legend. And he had a bazillion kids or something.....
20 And 3 of them were half-decent composers themselves.

I want a big book on classical music for my birthday - any recommendations?
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You can put me down too . I'm mainly into the Classical/Romantic eras, though I do listen to other things too... Mozart is a particular favourite of mine (not very original, I know).

I seem to have quite a collection of piano concertos (Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Grieg, Shostakovich....the list goes on). I also really like opera, especially anything sung by Maria Callas - what a voice... And I really wish I could play the cello; there are some truly wonderful cello concertos out there.
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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.
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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.
I play 'cello too! I love that Bach suite too, but my bowing technique is so poor I couldn't manage a very musical performance and switched to Mendelssohn!
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I play 'cello too! I love that Bach suite too, but my bowing technique is so poor I couldn't manage a very musical performance and switched to Mendelssohn!
My playing is so irregular and unstable - sometimes I play well and sometimes I play poorly. My bowing technique is good (according to my teacher) but for some reason I am always too flat when I play. So now I am learning to play sharper even if I don't think it is correct.

But I do remember once my bow nearly ran out of control! I was auditioning for a scholarship and I played so fast (my nerves!) my bow nearly flew out of my hand! But thankfully it didn't and I calmed down by the end.
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My playing is so irregular and unstable - sometimes I play well and sometimes I play poorly. My bowing technique is good (according to my teacher) but for some reason I am always too flat when I play. So now I am learning to play sharper even if I don't think it is correct.

But I do remember once my bow nearly ran out of control! I was auditioning for a scholarship and I played so fast (my nerves!) my bow nearly flew out of my hand! But thankfully it didn't and I calmed down by the end.
I'm really not that good at playing. I did A Level music and got a shocking mark in my practical! I did grade 3 and then stopped grades although I play pieces around grade 7 now. I managed to mess up the bass-line of Pachelbel's canon when my string quartet was playing in a concert the other day. I lost concentration (because it's so boring!) and my bow slipped off my strings. I turned to the audience, said "sorry!" and carried on! It was sooooooo embarrassing!
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Mussorgsky's(I have no idea how to spell the guys name) Night on Bald Mountain was also the piece that they played in Fantasia with Mickey and the magical hat.

Fun piece to play, it's about darkness and evil blah blah blah and then the end with the bells chiming represents the sunrise, pushing back the evil. Very fun piece, but Beethoven's more fun to play.

I play Violin and some piano
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(Original post by Rebecca/Becca)
I'm really not that good at playing. I did A Level music and got a shocking mark in my practical! I did grade 3 and then stopped grades although I play pieces around grade 7 now. I managed to mess up the bass-line of Pachelbel's canon when my string quartet was playing in a concert the other day. I lost concentration (because it's so boring!) and my bow slipped off my strings. I turned to the audience, said "sorry!" and carried on! It was sooooooo embarrassing!
I had an embarrassing experience at a concert at sixth form - I was playing a Bach unaccompanied piece (flute) and about a third of the way in, my music stand just started to slide down...all the way. Fortunately there was a bit of a natural break in the music (thank God it was unaccompanied), so I stopped, put the stand back up again and resumed... I probably could have done it without the music but I was so nervous by that stage I wasn't going to risk it! Not fun at all.

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I had an embarrassing experience at a concert at sixth form - I was playing a Bach unaccompanied piece (flute) and about a third of the way in, my music stand just started to slide down...all the way. Fortunately there was a bit of a natural break in the music (thank God it was unaccompanied), so I stopped, put the stand back up again and resumed... I probably could have done it without the music but I was so nervous by that stage I wasn't going to risk it! Not fun at all.

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.
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