An introduction to Classical Music.
What sort of images do these words conjure up?
Hours of soporific endurance trying desperately hard to look interested whilst secretly chewing off one of your arms?
Scary mad-haired esoteric zealots who view their audience as little more than sycophantic fodder for their super-inflated egos?
Is it relaxing?
Is it exciting?
Do you just not get it?
Does it all sound the same?
Strangely enough, I’ve stopped listening to Classic FM and Radio 3. I found their play lists predictable, populist and limited. In just three days on Radio 3 I counted seven different arrangements of Bizet’s Carmen Suite. And on Classic FM I was fed up of hearing Debussy on the mandolin or whatever medium they deemed stylish or romantic.
What I am trying to do here is give you four alternative, less familiar pieces of music that might tempt you in to explore more of (corny catch phrase alert) the wonderful world of Classical Music.
These are four pieces of orchestral music I have copied from You Tube. Modern technology is rather good for this sort of thing.
Firstly, an Adagio from Marcello. It’s wonderfully Baroque and about as far removed from the ubiquitous Four Seasons as you can get. (No offence Antonio.)
The next one is by Lyadov. There are many atmospheric short Romantic Tone Poems out there. This is one of the rarer ones.
Jarnfelt’s Praeludium. Just over two minutes of delightful nonsense.
Finally some Greig. Not Morning or anything like that. This is one of the gorgeous Symphonic Dances.
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There are many other tasty little numbers I can offer (or blag from You Tube) but these are a good starter pack.
If like me, physical difficulties mean that you spend quite a lot of time on the sofa in spud mode it might well be worth exploring this sort of music a little more.
Thank-you for reading.