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Who are your favorite composers? recommend some of their works!
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Konji Kondo - just play the Legend of Zelda games!
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I'm not a huge classical fan but I do like it. Though a lot of the music is mentally heavy and I find I'm easily overwhelmed if I don't put myself in the right mindset to listen to it (and I'm usually too tired during the week to get into that attentive state).

my favourites for now are Gustav Holst (get an album with all of the movements from his The Planets suite, very accessible and fun to listen to, "Mars" has been quoted all over the place in popular music), the same goes for George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue.
Claude Debussy's Claire De Lune is probably the prettiest song I've ever heard.
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Classical? J S Bach. There are so many pieces I love but here's a few that leap into my mind:

'Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ' (BWV 639) A beautifully sweet, understated little tune. You can hear the personal devotion and humilty of a man before God in these notes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMnrjQK2Z8Y

'Erbarme Dich' (St Matthew's Passion). Peter, after that retched night in Gethsemane, has just realised that Jesus' prediction of him denying him has come true. In this aria Peter begs forgiveness for his weakness/cowardice. The lead violin plays such a yearning melody that it literally brings me to tears and this coupled with the powerful counter tenor in shame and begging for forgiveness....I just love this piece and this singer is one of my favourites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHbOOe8n2gY

'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' (Cantata 147). A piece of music that was very important in my musical development. It's a joyful piece with an amazing bassline. This version was filmed at the Thomas Kirke in Leipzig, Germany where J S Bach spent the last 28 years of his life as the musical director. I've sat through many concerts there and love the place. I actually have a slate tile from the organ loft that must've resonated to Bach's playing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU6dUGnC ... ed&search=

Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 in G Major. I love it's constant motion and unrelenting feeling and it's gret to play on electric guitar too!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_QR_FTt3E

Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor. Up beat, flowing and joyful. The adagio is the best piece of music I've ever heard-ever-seriously.

Hope you like them!
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Big Bad Bill wrote:I actually have a slate tile from the organ loft that must've resonated to Bach's playing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU6dUGnC ... ed&search=
Thats a really cool and different thing to have BBB!

i really enjoyed the Prelude from Cello Suite No.1 in G Major video also, thanks!
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Historically I haven't been a huge classical fan but I've started to come round in recent times. My housemate's getting me into Rachmaninov at the minute and some of his stuff is pretty awesome. Other favourites include Rodrigo, Saint-Saens, Schubert and obviously Bach
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Beethoven,biggest metaller of all-times!And unlike modern rock icons who pretend to be anarchists and anti-authoritative but end up being drug-addicts and conformists(in the end they all get married and have children etc.) he was a man commited to his beliefs and his music.

Just listen to third movement of Appassionata,greatest song I 've ever heard....
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Frank Zappa - G-Spot Tornado

that song is on both Jazz from Hell and Yellow Shark if i remember correctly. Yellow Shark is a awsome album
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Vivaldi-The Four seasons, its some of the only classical muisc i can deal with.
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baphomet 2 wrote:Beethoven,biggest metaller of all-times!And unlike modern rock icons who pretend to be anarchists and anti-authoritative but end up being drug-addicts and conformists(in the end they all get married and have children etc.) he was a man commited to his beliefs and his music.

Just listen to third movement of Appassionata,greatest song I 've ever heard....

Beethoven rocks, but for me the composers who had "real" heavy metal spirit in their works are Hector Berlioz and Gustav Mahler.
For Berlioz check out Symphonie Fantastique.
For Mahler check out opening movements an finales of Second an Sixth SYmphonies. Those are must check if you wanna experience some real sonic assault!
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Portnoy and Petrucci :D
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Leanne_777 wrote:Portnoy and Petrucci :D
They are rock stars now... :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Frank Zappa & Steve Vai & Mike Keneally :peace

Wagner :headbang

:mrgreen: Seraphim :mrgreen:
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If you want an enjoyable humorous read about a popular music fan's attempt to understand classical music, check out 'Rock Me Amadeus: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Handel' by Seb Hunter. It's not accurate in many ways but it's about his journey to classical music understanding.

Seraphim, you should read what he has to say about Wagner! :shock:
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Agustin Barrios Mangore...

Just look him up... There are a couple of vids in youtube of guys playing "La Catedral", all three movements are awesome!!! The crowd's favorite is the third one, "Allegro Solemne"...

Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YcrGUkdD1I
I do advise you guys to listen to the whole piece...

Also from Barrios Mangore, "Julia Florida"... Awesome song, really simple, not to hard to play, so beautiful though...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E77hTiIcPmw

Some more incredible latin composers: Heitor Villa-Lobos, Leo Brouwer...

[edit] Some of my favorite stuff from Villa-Lobos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tm9MwEG ... ed&search=
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Harry Gregson Williams. In charge of the Metal Gear Solid sountrack, along with several movies like Narnia and Armageddon.
Just gotta love his music!
that or Frank Klepacki from the Red Alert games.
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