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Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« on: April 27, 2007, 07:26:48 AM »
I have to write a paper about a classical piece that is under five minutes in time for a lame intro to music course.  I want to write about the most insane, off the wall, or just plain incredible, under-5-minute-classical-track.

One that I am considering:

"Dance of the Earth" from the "Rite of Spring"

Any suggestions would appreciated.

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2007, 07:29:58 AM »
John Cage: 4'33"

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2007, 07:32:29 AM »
Shostakovich: 10th Symphony 2nd movement

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2007, 07:34:44 AM »
The John Cage one is a very good suggestion.  The problem may be that it is too off the wall . . . the teacher can only handle so much.

Shostakovich: 10th Symphony 2nd movement eh?  Never heard it.  Let me go look for it . . .

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007, 07:35:10 AM »
Berlioz: March to the Scaffold.
Wagner: Preludes to Das Rheingold and Die Walkure

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2007, 07:37:05 AM »
What am I saying about Shostakovitch, I have that track and have listend to it.  Great suggestion.

Berlioz: March to the Scaffold.
Wagner: Preludes to Das Rheingold and Die Walkure

I'm pretty sure I haven't heard those.

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2007, 07:42:31 AM »
I have to write a paper about a classical piece that is under five minutes in time for a lame intro to music course.  I want to write about the most insane, off the wall, or just plain incredible, under-5-minute-classical-track.

One that I am considering:

"Dance of the Earth" from the "Rite of Spring"

Any suggestions would appreciated.

What you want, I think, is something which is not a section of a larger work, but something wild, and stand-alone (even though very brief).

I'll offer three suggestions:

Shostakovich
Preface to the Complete Edition of My Works and a Brief Reflection apropos of this Preface, Op. 123
[ Duration: 2'30 ]

Stravinsky
Babel
[ Duration: 5'00 ]

Nancarrow
┬┐Tango?
[ Duration: 2'50 ]

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2007, 08:29:13 AM »
I have to write a paper about a classical piece that is under five minutes in time for a lame intro to music course.  I want to write about the most insane, off the wall, or just plain incredible, under-5-minute-classical-track.

One that I am considering:

"Dance of the Earth" from the "Rite of Spring"

Any suggestions would appreciated.

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Baba-Yaga Opus 56 clocks in usually under 4 minutes.
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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2007, 08:31:38 AM »
A composer for our attention-span, Buffy!

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2007, 08:39:24 AM »
Does it have to be orchestral piece?
If not any of the Chopin Mazurkas would do, for instance a-minor op.17 no.4.

Or Scriabin's Vers La Flamme
Video of Horowitz playing it

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2007, 08:41:39 AM »
Or if has to be orchestral perhaps Part's Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2007, 08:43:22 AM »
Rach's prelude in C Sharp Minor!

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2007, 08:45:49 AM »
There's some great options here: some other possibilities:

How about the 4th piece (the funeral march) from Webern's op 6 pieces? Amazingly powerful.
Prokofiev's op 11 toccata and Mossolov's Zavod are short futurist classics.
Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine a good crowd pleaser.
Late Liszt could fit well here too: Nuages Gris; Unstern and Bagatelle sans tonalite show the total breakdown of the Romantic era.
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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2007, 08:47:44 AM »
Edward, I honestly forgot the Opus 11 Toccata is that short; it feels like such a big piece!

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2007, 08:48:18 AM »
Aw, heck, toss in Zappa's "G-Spot Tornado"

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2007, 08:49:15 AM »
Aw, heck, toss in Zappa's "G-Spot Tornado"
Good one and a bundle of fun!
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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2007, 08:52:48 AM »
There's some great options here: some other possibilities:

How about the 4th piece (the funeral march) from Webern's op 6 pieces? Amazingly powerful.
Prokofiev's op 11 toccata and Mossolov's Zavod are short futurist classics.
Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine a good crowd pleaser.
Late Liszt could fit well here too: Nuages Gris; Unstern and Bagatelle sans tonalite show the total breakdown of the Romantic era.

Anton Webern is a good choice!

There is also Prokofiev's cantata Seven, They Are Seven which comes in at 7 minutes (!?) on my imported CD, but recordings are hard to find.

Bernard Herrmann's overtures to either North by Northwest or Psycho or the Chase music from On Dangerous Ground all come in under 5 minutes.
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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2007, 08:53:30 AM »
There is also Prokofiev's cantata Seven, They Are Seven which comes in at 7 minutes (!?) on my imported CD, but recordings are hard to find.

I thought of that one right away, too; but it is certainly outside the five-minute rule.

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2007, 09:18:24 AM »
Sensemaya comes around 6 minutes in average but Stokowski brings it within 5 (though resulting in absurd performance)

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Re: Best classical music track in under 5 minutes.
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2007, 10:38:06 AM »
one of the Prokofiev's symphonies. classical