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Musical Notes [Jun. 15th, 2005|11:14 am]
[Current Mood |ironic]
[Current Music |Beethoven - Ninth Symphony, IV. Presto]

One of my favorite pieces of classical music is Beethoven's Ninth, the "Ode to Joy". I think that this is the greatest piece of music ever written. Every time I hear it, I am moved.

At work, I have expensive padded headphones for maximum fidelity. But the Ode to Joy cannot be easily reproduced. It's one of those pieces of music that deserves to be big. I love to hear it on speakers (or live!), where the orchestra and chorus can roll over you like a wave, a glorious torrent of sound and emotion.

I like to listen to it so loud that it's deafening.

Extra Musical Humor Bonus: 10,000 Statistically Average Fake Band Names. Now you can choose your mediocre musical group's title without any thought. My pick: "Sardine Euphoria"

[User Picture]From: ashkitty
2005-06-15 06:30 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you on Ode to Joy. :)
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2005-06-15 07:23 pm (UTC)
I think actually "ode to joy" (or rather being forced to hear and sing it at school and church) ruined Beethoven's 9th for me, even though it was one of the first I bought on CD (and also one of the first CDs I bought).
I prefer the 5th... it's loud, powerful, mean >:D

Ooooh, and some movements of Mozart's Requiem... murr ^__^

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-06-15 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that it was spoiled for you (shades of Clockwork Orange). The fifth is also a wonderful piece.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2005-06-15 08:19 pm (UTC)
Heheh, actually I bought the CD after watching Clockwork orange ;)

Also got the Clockwork Orange CD, but I had to get a decent version because... well, the versions of classical pieces in the soundtrack are a bit... strange o_0
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-06-15 08:36 pm (UTC)
the versions of classical pieces in the soundtrack are a bit... strange

I have to admit that I, actually, really like the Clockwork Orange versions. But I agree that they are no substitute for the originals. They really are their own special thing. :)
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2005-06-15 10:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, even the mood you need to be in to hear ones or the others are completely different
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[User Picture]From: tilton
2005-06-15 10:27 pm (UTC)
Heehee! "Clockwork Orange" didn't ruin The Ninth for me, but it certainly ruined "Singing in the Rain". I can't hear that song without thinking about Dim screeching out "SINGING IN THE RAIN!" while what's-her-name is getting raped to death. Lovely! :)
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2005-06-15 10:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, someone agrees with me. I tend to blast this one a lot though my headphones. I someday wish to see it performed live in concert.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-06-15 10:53 pm (UTC)
I have only had the pleasure of hearing it performed at my college. That concert was no slouch, though, since UOP is home to a top-rated music conservatory.

I would certainly like to see it again; I'll let you know if I find any good groups performing it.
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[User Picture]From: genecatlow
2005-06-15 10:36 pm (UTC)
Beethoven in general is a class of his own to my musical ears. I have listened to the Larghetto (2nd movement) of his Violin Concerto for as long as I can remember (my parents had it on 78's!) and have yet to be unmoved by it.
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[User Picture]From: brerandalopex
2005-06-15 11:19 pm (UTC)
My pick: "Sardine Euphoria"

[Brer] Ooh, a lot of these are quite amusing. I was quite fond of "Brimstone Idiocy" myself. Though, "Botanical Codfish"... Hmm...
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[User Picture]From: collie13
2005-06-16 12:06 am (UTC)
Ah, I love that piece -- it can still move me to tears. Lovely... I should listen to it again soon.
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[User Picture]From: agentmiss
2005-06-16 04:09 am (UTC)
The "Ode to Joy" starts out so perfectly, (i.e., with cellos) and then it just sort of goes down until it hits soprano. At least the orchestra effectively drowns out the soloists at the end!
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2005-06-16 05:36 am (UTC)
The adagio from the Seventh, sigh.
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