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Favourite piece of music?

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Elizabethofseasons Report 11 Feb 2013 19:58

Dear All


I do remember walking into the living room, the radio was on and this
piece of music was playing.

A personal favourite ever since, makes me feel happy and hopeful.

"Applachian Spring" by Aaron Copland.

As part of the piece, Mr Copland used the Shaker Melody to base
the end variations on.

This same Shaker tune was used by Sydney Carter in the well known hymn
"Lord of the Dance".

Take gentle care
Best wishes all
Elizabeth, EOS


Guinevere Report 11 Feb 2013 15:30

For a short piece I never tire of Grieg's Solveig's Song.

A longer piece I love is The Rites of Spring - Stravinsky


SheilaWestWilts Report 11 Feb 2013 15:27

Depends on my mood and what I'm doing.

'Hairs on the back of your neck' music - Siegfried's Funeral Music by Wagner, Beethoven's 9th, Lacrimosa from Preisner's 'Requiem for my Friend', 'Spem in Alium' by Tallis.

Hankies out - Adagio from Beethoven's 9th, 'Il balen del suo sorriso' from Verdi's Il Trovatore, 'Softly Awakes my Heart' from Samson & Delilah by Saint Saens.

Just great - Vaughn Williams 'Variations on a theme by Thomas Tallis', Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Mendelssohn's 'Reformation'.

And many, many, many more....... :-D


Sharron Report 11 Feb 2013 15:20

In my van driving days I always had Beethoven's Pastoral symphony in the van for traffic jams.

Hebridean Overture by that bloke whose name escapes me.

Fanfare to the Common Man,Aaron Copeland

Holsts Planets.

One of my stress busters was to play Jimmy Shand at top whack on the headphones.


KenSE Report 11 Feb 2013 14:51

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending.

Max Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor.

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez


Merlin Report 11 Feb 2013 14:28

One more I do like," Walk in a Paradise Garden". Think its from Shaharaza.


Andrew Report 11 Feb 2013 09:34

Some great choices. Must do more listening.



Wend Report 9 Feb 2013 22:38

Oh, please don't Merlin - I like being on your fun list :-D ;-)


Merlin Report 9 Feb 2013 22:20

Careful Karen, I might include you. :-D :-Dits a fun list,however I might eliminate one :-D :-D

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 9 Feb 2013 22:15

LOL Merlin, just havin a laugh at those you are researching!!! :-D :-D


Merlin Report 9 Feb 2013 22:13

Lark Ascending,Bolero and Rodregaz Guitar Concerto :-)

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 9 Feb 2013 22:08

My favourite classical very hard as so many
I love Beethoven...particularly the Moonlight and Pathetique sonatas as I played them for my piano exams .
As a pianist of course Chopin nocturnes and waltzes.
Liszt,Mozart,..also love Handels water music..... mendelssons Fingals cave.

On the other hand I like the jazz greats..Louis Armstrong,duke Ellington.count Basie etc etc.After a long life there is so much to like...Can't get along with a lot of the type they churn out today.Why do singers have to shout so much?

Life without music would be very dull.

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 9 Feb 2013 21:57

Just found Dario Marienelli's 'Dawn' and am listening to it now - a truly beautiful piece. I haven't heard it for years, thanks for reminding me of it Wend :-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 9 Feb 2013 21:43

Difficult to determine which is my absolute favourite, I have a few.

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, all of it. I first remember it from about the age of 7 when my Dad used to play it on the (reel to reel) tape recorder. I was fascinated by such a lovely sound just as much as I was amazed that my dad could whistle the whole thing!!

Mahler's 5th, Adagietto (theme used in Death In Venice)

Beethoven's Piano sonata No14 (Moonlight Sonata)

Beethoven's 5th Piano concerto (the Emperor) the Adagio is beautiful

And Pachelbel's Canon :-)

And at the fullest of full volume on the music system - Jimi Hendrix or a bit of Led Zeppelin usually does the trick!


AnnCardiff Report 9 Feb 2013 21:29

well thank you Mr Daff but I've lost the sound on my computer - don't know where it's gone :-S :-S


MrDaff Report 9 Feb 2013 21:25

Too many to list ! Various pieces for various moods.


Motzart - Requiem in D
Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Rydian - I won't Let you Walk this Road Alone

and, also for AnnC ...

Or galon ! ((from the heart))



GeordiePride Report 9 Feb 2013 20:40

Ann - Just love listening to Charmaine by Mantovani, It is so soothing after a hard day on the boards. ;-)



Wend Report 9 Feb 2013 20:34

Three 'de-stressers' I've been listening to recently are:

Arvo Part - Spiegel im Spiegel

'Dawn' from the film music by Dario Marianelli - 'Pride & Prejudice'

and an old faithful, which always gives me a lift:

Johnny Pearson's 'Sleepy Shores'


terryj Report 9 Feb 2013 20:33

catch that teardrop by the five royales
classic northern soul takes me back to the highland room and the ritz when i was young enough to back drop and come back up again without help
nowadays i have to settle for dancing like my dad (well almost)


AnnCardiff Report 9 Feb 2013 20:29

I remember going to see Mantovani - many years ago - I have his autograph