What are you listening to today,
and what drew you to that particular piece, performer, or genre?

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In short it's music where timbres of instruments and the way they interact are the most (or at least very) important elements of the music.

I'm afraid wikipedia can explain better than I can... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectral_music 

Beethoven, Beethoven and Beethoven! I've been reading Jan Swafford's biography and listening to the works one by one. I had largely ignored B's music for some reason and now while reading about his life I find his music fascinating too. If you haven't heard this delirious fugato from Op 106 Allegro risoluto, you must! Beethoven got all jiggy with the counterpoint.


I'd like to introduce David Ross, a writer who has joined our new music site, MusicWiz.club.  His latest article, Elegy in Red and Gold, introduced me to the late Eva Cassidy.  Many of us have heard "Autumn Leaves" umpteen times, but Eva's recording is something different, and very much in season right now.  Enjoy the recording, and enjoy David's wonderful writing!

Quite an exquisite recording indeed! Thank you David for introducing us to this pearl.

Harmonia said:

Enjoy the recording, and enjoy David's wonderful writing!

Here's a note Bettina sent - so cool!

RE your thread about Autumn Leaves:  This section of the Mozart Piano Sonata in F Maj. K332 has always sounded to me like the harmonic source (sequence of chords) for the Autumn Leaves song.  I can’t play it without associating it with that song.  And it seemingly comes out of the blue after the exposition of themes.  Have always loved it.
The section she's talking about is around 1:17 in this recording, and comes in several times, being a sonata after all:
I agree with her - I always thought of the "Autumn Leaves progression" when playing this sonata.  More likely I should have thought about Mozart when hearing Autumn Leaves!!  ;-)


Here's this year's discovery for me (although it's somewhat old by now):

It doesn't get much more beautiful than this.

I often use this piece in my classes on Creative Listening.  First every one listens, each in his/her own way.  Some people draw or write while they are listening.  Some conduct.  Some walk around the perimeter of the room, or dance.  Some simply close their eyes, head back, concentrating.  After the first listening, people describe their impressions of what they heard or how it affected them.  Then we discuss various ways to practice Creative Listening:  Listen for Shape, Listen for Texture, Listen with the Breath, or other approaches we learn in class.  On the second listening, each person listens via one of the methods.  How did their perception of the piece change?  How will they want to listen to this piece in the future?  How do they describe it now?

I can never get enough of this Bartok masterpiece - to me, it's a perfect piece in every way.


Always enjoyable to listen to Bela Bartok :)

#FilmScore.club - Now listening to sounds from cinema works directed under Sergei Eisenstein.  Quite Interesting - He was a Soviet film director and film theorist, a pioneer in the theory and practice of montage.

Discovering for the first time Handel's Concerti Grossi, and loving especially the Allegro in Bb Major.


Timeless and wonderful!  This is a piece I've always heard about, but never actually listened to.  Thanks, Ken, for a great listening treat.

KenNickels said:

Discovering for the first time Handel's Concerti Grossi, and loving especially the Allegro in Bb Major.


Listening to Intermezzo from Cavalier Rusticana with two violinists and a violist.  Amazing pictures.

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