Category Archive 'Classical Music'
13 Jan 2018

Fantasia dei Gatti – Augustin Hadelich | Paganini Caprice No. 17

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HT: Bird Dog.

16 Apr 2017

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture

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31 Oct 2016

Halloween Music: Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre

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29 Aug 2016

Definitions of Musicians



13 more here

15 Jul 2016

Franz Schubert: “Der Leiermann”

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16 Jan 2016

Music and Math

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How is it that Beethoven, who is celebrated as one of the most significant composers of all time, wrote many of his most beloved songs while going deaf? The answer lies in the math behind his music. Using the “Moonlight Sonata”, we can begin to understand the way Beethoven was able to convey emotion and creativity using the certainty of mathematics.


The standard piano octave consists of 13 keys, each separated by a half step. A standard major or minor scale uses 8 of these keys with 5 whole step intervals and 2 half step ones.


The first half of measure 50 of “Moonlight Sonata” consists of three notes in D major, separated by intervals called thirds that skip over the next note in the scale. By stacking the notes first, third, and fifth notes – D, F sharp, and A – we get a harmonic pattern known as a triad.


But, these aren’t just arbitrary magic numbers. Rather, they represent the mathematical relationship between the pitch frequencies of different notes, which form a geometric series. The stacking of these three frequencies creates ‘consonance’, which sounds naturally pleasant to our ears. Examining Beethoven’s use of both consonance and dissonance can help us begin to understand how he added the unquantifiable elements of emotion and creativity to the certainty of mathematics.

For a deeper dive into the mathematics of the “Moonlight Sonata”, watch the TED-Ed Lesson Music and math: The genius of Beethoven – Natalya St. Clair

Animation by Qa’ed Mai

Via Ratak Monodosico.

17 Dec 2015

Beethoven’s Birthday


Bust of Beethoven in the room where he was born. Bonn, Germany, 17 December 1770. (photo,1934)

String Quartet no.15 op.132 “Lydian”- Budapest String Quartet.

06 Sep 2015

Anti-Pachebel Rant

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Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.

06 May 2015

Vivaldi: Summer, From the Four Seasons


Trondheim Soloists. Artistic Director: Øyvind Gimse. Soloist Mari Silje Samuelsen.

Via Ratak Monodosico.

18 Aug 2014

Salut Salon: “Wettstreit zu viert” — “Competition of Four”

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An excerpt from the film, “Salut Salon: Lady-Power im Quartet” by Ralf Pfleger about the Hamburg female quartet, Salut Salon.


The complete film.

16 Feb 2014

Music Directly From Hell

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Hieronymus Bosch, detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights tryptich , circa 1503-1504, Museo del Prado, Madrid

Amelia, an undergraduate studying music and informations systems at Oklahoma Christian U., a few days back, served up an interesting little bit piece of musicology.

Luke and I were looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights and discovered, much to our amusement, music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.

so yes this is LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell

EDIT: I still can’t believe this took off like it did this is crazy??? Just wanted to let people know that there are indeed errors in the transcription and this is indeed not a very good recording (I threw this together in like 30 minutes at 1 in the morning,) but I’m working with the music department at my college to get the transcription more accurate!

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Hat tips to io9 and Ratak Monodosico.

16 Feb 2014

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. 9 In E Major — “The Hunt”

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Played by James Ehnes.

08 Dec 2013

Philip Glass Piano Duet Scene from “Stoker” (2013)

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Pretty much the only good thing in the Chan-wook Park Gothic.

Stoker — Piano Duet Scene from Ekel on Vimeo.

03 Dec 2013

Robert Schumann: Papillons Opus 2

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The great Sviatoslav Richter recorded in 1962 by EMI.

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