Intimidating classical music

The string quartet is one of the most important compositional vehicles in classical music, and Shostakovich (along with Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Bela Bartok) is considered one of the masters of this form.

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If you're only ever going to know one opera, it might as well be this one. Handel was one of the greatest composers of oratorios who ever lived.

An oratorio could be thought of as an opera with no costumes, staging or movement: the singers and chorus stand there and perform a long work that typically tells a continuous story.

Inspired by Russian legend, Mussorgsky’s tone poem depicts the dark ritual of a witches’ sabbath.

Sadly, it was never performed in his lifetime, but the arrangement by his friend Rimsky-Korsakov has become a concert blockbuster.

Dark, furious, intense, melancholy, brooding—officially this work was composed as a memorial for the victims of fascism, but Shostakovich may have really intended a broader message, that of repudiation of totalitarianism in general (which would of course include the Soviet government…) (the ‘American’) by Antonin Dvorak.

String quartets by Bartok, one delightful one by Debussy. Error Banner.fade_out.modal_overlay.modal_overlay .modal_wrapper.modal_overlay [email protected](max-width:630px)@media(max-width:630px).modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:before.modal_overlay .modal_fixed_close:hover:before. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_input. Selector .selector_input_interaction .selector_spinner. Listen to it three times and you'll be hooked for life.‘Early music,' as the term is used among musicologists, loosely describes all music before 1750, which was the end of the Baroque era.The Messiah, usually performed around Christmas time, tells the story of the birth, life and death of Jesus. Before you ask me where my pink tutu is, know that this ballet is about ritualistic pagan sacrifices and ends with the slaughtering of a young girl, and was so controversial that it caused a riot when it premiered in 1913.

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