||[Jun. 15th, 2005|11:14 am]
|||||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"
I totally agree with you on Ode to Joy. :)
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 ^__^
I'm sorry that it was spoiled for you (shades of Clockwork Orange). The fifth is also a wonderful piece.
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
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. :)
Yeah, even the mood you need to be in to hear ones or the others are completely different
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! :)
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.
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.
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.
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...
Ah, I love that piece -- it can still move me to tears. Lovely... I should listen to it again soon.
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!
The adagio from the Seventh, sigh.