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mahlertitan

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Light Music
« on: July 19, 2007, 07:30:55 PM »
Sure, we listen and talking about Mahler, Bruckner, Beethoven all day long, but eventually we do take a moment of rest, and listen to some light-hearted music, and listen to some melodious pieces, to relax.

which composers do you listen to? and which pieces?

I will also post my favorites later

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2007, 10:27:17 AM »
Bach's lute music is pleasant and relaxing but of course rewards close listening, too.

I might listen to two kinds of "light" music: relatively mellow classical or jazz on the one hand or rock/pop/blues that may be loud and aggressive but relatively light in terms of length and musical depth (i.e., easily digested and intellectually undemanding).
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Re: Light Music
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2007, 01:32:33 AM »
There are so many "light" composers that it's difficult to think where to start.  In America: Leroy Anderson, Don Gillis, Bratton, David Rose etc, in the UK, hundreds of 'em: Ronald Binge, Anthony Collins, Eric Coates, Trevor Duncan, Farnon, Dexter....

Nice relaxation from the heavier repertoire - great background music but with some quite interesting harmony sometimes.  Usually requires no more commitment that a willingness to feel happy.   

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2007, 01:24:01 PM »
When I think of "light" I think of Mozart.  Sure, there are a few accented sections, but definetely not Bruckner or Mahler.

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2007, 01:41:45 PM »
Light classical music that I really enjoy includes
George Gershwin, natch: Rhapsody in Blue, American in Paris, the Piano Concerto. Little wonder that even Arnold Schoenberg called him a "great composer."

Don Gillis: I only recently discovered this composer, through the Albany discs of his work. Most often a light-hearted cross between Carl Stalling and Aaron Copland, though pieces like the Paul Bunyan Overture reveal that there was more depth to Gillis than his reputation presents. Fave works: Symphony 5 1/2; Shindig; Symphony #6 "Mid-century USA"

Roger Roger: I've only ever found one disc of music by this composer, who wrote his pieces for film music libraries, but it's a keeper. Somewhere between Raymond Scott and Eric Coates, if you can imagine such a thing. Not all of it works without the film accompaniment, but gems include "Traffic Boom," "Scenic Railway," "Mechanisme"...

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2007, 02:50:15 PM »
i would classify all the Viennese composers who wrote Oprettas as "light Music" composers", there are a whole bunch of them, to name a few:
Strauss I, Strauss II, Josef Strauss, Edward Strauss, Franz Lehar, Von Suppe, Ziehrer, Komzak I and II, Robert Stolz, etc....

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2007, 03:11:51 PM »
...Don Gillis: I only recently discovered this composer, through the Albany discs of his work. Most often a light-hearted cross between Carl Stalling and Aaron Copland, though pieces like the Paul Bunyan Overture reveal that there was more depth to Gillis than his reputation presents. Fave works: Symphony 5 1/2; Shindig; Symphony #6 "Mid-century USA"...
I've played his tone poem "Tulsa" a couple of times in concert bands.  Great piece!  And definitely not mere "light music."

I guess my own listening tends strongly toward "heavy."  But I love the Mozart and Dvorak wind serenades, and Renaissance dance music.
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Re: Light Music
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2007, 12:59:16 AM »
Strauss II's waltzes and polkas...those are really relaxing :)

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2007, 01:10:03 AM »
Strauss II's waltzes and polkas...those are really relaxing :)

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2007, 07:37:57 PM »
Vivaldi is light to me, every concerto pretty much has the same exact outline.

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Strauss II's waltzes and polkas...those are really relaxing Smiley
Not if you dance to them like the Viennese. It becomes quite the workout getting through a 10 minute one  :D

mahlertitan

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2007, 09:07:11 PM »
Vivaldi is light to me, every concerto pretty much has the same exact outline.
Not if you dance to them like the Viennese. It becomes quite the workout getting through a 10 minute one  :D

to me, anything not "Serious" is light, so dance music are a joy to listen to.

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2007, 09:11:07 PM »
Early Baroque Dances.  ;)

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2007, 09:36:04 PM »
to me, anything not "Serious" is light, so dance music are a joy to listen to.

You certainly need a light foot  :) I wonder how they don't get dizzy spinning so much.

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2007, 02:45:23 AM »
A couple of 'easy listening'-favorites of mine:

*William Boyce's (1711-1779) so-called 8 symphonies. Rather short 3 movement works from around mid-century. Lots of charm and light feel-good music. I have Trevor Pinnock's recording on Archiv, but Naxos also has one.

*Savall's suites from Lully operas



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Re: Light Music
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2007, 05:55:07 AM »
J. Haydn- most of the string quartets before op.20

Mozart- same before the "Haydn" Quartets

Vivaldi in general

Tchaikovsky's "Hits"

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2007, 09:51:51 AM »
Ippolitov-Ivanov, Caucasian Sketches

Overtures by Rossini, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Auber, Suppe, Samuel Arnold and so on

Some of the earlier Haydn symphonies

Mozart, Flute Quartets

Praetorius, Dances from the Terpsichore on Naxos

Chominciamento di gioia on Naxos

Bach, Violin Concertos (Francescatti preferred)

Bach, Oboe Concertos on Naxos

Bach, Musical Offering, Goebel, Musica Antiqua Koeln on DG eloquence

Christopher Parkening Plays Bach

Chopin, Nocturnes

Leroy Anderson

Italian Oboe Concertos, vols. 1 and 2, on Naxos

Lots of guitar music--Spanish, South American, etc.

There are any number of relaxation type CDs of quite high quality, too.


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Re: Light Music
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2007, 01:36:15 PM »
Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances  :)

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2007, 01:47:37 AM »
How about this: Chinese music.

Do I win, or what  :D

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Re: Light Music
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2007, 03:37:08 AM »
William Boyce's (1711-1779) so-called 8 symphonies. Rather short 3 movement works from around mid-century. Lots of charm and light feel-good music. I have Trevor Pinnock's recording on Archiv, but Naxos also has one.

Yes those are great!