Symphony No. 7, 2nd Movement, “Allegretto” — Ludwig Van Beethoven

10 01 2011

I have not been able to get this piece out of my head.

Since I saw The King’s Speech last week with my sister, there was a particular piece in the (fantastic) film that stuck with my because I had heard it somewhere.  After finding out that it was Beethoven via imdb, I searched on youtube and found it and then I saw it in the related videos.

The Fall!  Of course!  It’s the main theme (I think.  Or at least one of the more prominent ones) from the movie (another fantastic one).

So what to say about this one?  I saw someone’s comment on youtube that said that at one moment in the piece, it made him/her “want to cry and have an orgasm at the same time”, to which the uploader of the video said, “Then the piece is working.”

I personally don’t have many words to describe what a moving, emotional, piece of work this is.  Have a listen for yourself.


“Swan Lake: Scene 1 — Lake in the Moonlight” – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

3 12 2010

While attempting to write an essay on the poetry of Wiliam Blake, prepare for a quiz on Frankenstein, write the first 30 pages of an original screenplay that I felt like I was bs-ing, and finish ten creative writing assignments for my dreaded Creative Writing Non-fiction class, I turned to my collection of “Classical” music to help me get me in the zone and forcefully keep me there hostage until I had completed everything.  Luckily, there was big old gay Tchaikovsky.

People think ballets are boring, and by modern standards, watching people leap around on stage may seem boring compared to be cramped in a claustrophobic, dingy, humid, suffocating space where people grind themselves on and around you, but hey — chacun son gout, n’est-ce pas?

Now, I haven’t seen Swan Lake (in fact, there are very few live performances of “Classical” music that I’ve really seen, most of which was at UBC, performed by the music groups there) so I don’t even know the story… but the music is fantastic!  Really!  And now with the release of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, the main theme in the recently released international trailer is played by a music box, which sounds really cool and will get everyone interested in not only Tchaikovsky’s other works but the whole variety and genre that is “Classical” music.

Keep dreaming, I know.  Tchaikovsky is no match for the likes of Justin Bieber.  Ughhhh.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.  Here it is in all it’s magnificence:

Étude Nr. 1 “Désordre” – György Ligeti

15 03 2010

A really funky piece that is very technical and experimental if you get a chance to see the score.  To most people, it probably sounds like noise/random notes being played, but I think it’s really interesting and avant-garde.  Kudos to Ligeti for thinking like no one else.