September 12th, 2008

Mae

That mysterious meme

1. There are 30 questions.
2. Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
3. Answer one question with one name.
4. Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing this meme.

I will restrict this to LJ people (but exclude my sisters) because it's more fun that way. :)

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After my roommate and I got the electric piano, I searched for a bunch of sheet music (good thing all those composers have been dead for years, free sheet music, woo!) for pieces to play. I also listened to a bunch of sonatas online to get a sense of which composers I like. Cos' frankly, even though I took piano (typoed that as pain to start, which is really not all that inaccurate...) lessons for 8 years, I hated it so much that pretty much the only thing I still recognize and like is Bach's 2 part inventions and Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum from Debussy's Children's Corner.

That led to getting interested in classical music in general and wanting to know more about the symphony and the various instruments and stuff. I've gone to see the San Francisco Symphony several times with eggpuff (Saint-Saens!!!) but I essentially just sat and listened in ignorance, hehe. I bought this set of CDs called Instruments of the Orchestra (Oh wow, it's $36 now, it was only $22 when I bought it a few months ago) and it's been really educational. It goes through every instrument and talks a little about the characteristics and history, and there'll be a short piece to illustrate what they're talking about. They play a wide range of music mostly from baroque to romantic, and it's a good way to discover composers.

Been listening to Dvorak's New World Symphony a lot, probably going to check out a couple of Stravinsky's works next. :)
  • Current Music
    Dvořák: Symphony #9 In E Minor, Op. 95, "From The New World" - 2. Largo