Music on Mondays — Classical favorites
My mom was a piano and organ accompanist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, my maternal granddad played violin, and my step-maternal grandma played flute. Courtesy of my mom, I started playing piano at age 2 and violin at age 6, and then took up singing at age 10.
I have music playing from eight to eighteen hours a day. Even when the TV is on — mostly sports — I mute the TV sound and listen to music.
I currently have about 75,000 digital music files and a YouTube playlist with about 25,000 music videos on it. Genres run the gamut but there is about 60% rock/pop, 30% classical, and 10% other (country, reggae…….). I do not have any rap or hip-hop, but I do have some rap and hip-hop artists performing with some of my favorites. For example, I have The Beach Boys’ 1989 album Still Cruisin’ which has The Fat Boys joining The Beach Boys in a rendition of “Wipe Out.”
Once people find out about my love of music, I regularly get asked about my favorite type of music, my favorite rock stars, my favorite classical composers….
My favorite classical composer is Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and my favorite compositions of his are The Nutcracker, Capriccio Italien, Marche Slave, 1812 Overture, and Swan Lake.
“Waltz of the Flowers” from “The Nutcracker
(Probably my all-time favorite piece of classical music.)
“Finale” from 1812 Overture
(1812 Overture is played by symphonies
throughout the nation on the Fourth of July.)
Excerpt from Swan Lake
After Tchaikovsky, Beethoven…………….,
First Movement—Allegro con brio from Symphony #5
(Symphony #5 is the most popular and most often played piece of
classical music. The first four notes of the First Movement
are considered the most recognizable in classical music history.)
First Movement—Allegro ma non troppo
from Symphony #6 (Pastoral Symphony)
(You’ll recognize this piece.)
…………and Bach, especially the six Brandenberg Concertos.
Third movement—Allegro assai from Brandenberg Concerto #2
Toccata in G Major
(Anything by Bach is great, but I include this one
since Jim currently is practicing it.)
I started my YouTube playlist a couple of months ago. To create it, I referenced Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles 1955-1996 and Martin Strong’s The Great Rock Discography. (Martin Strong also has a book titled The Great Metal Discography, which I do not have. Unfortunately, there is only one copy in San Diego County, and it is at the San Diego Central Library, which is closed until September 30 due to the library’s move into its fantastic new building (see America’s second largest dome is nearing completion). I started in the A’s and am currently in the U’s.
I anticipate completing my YouTube playlist this week, so for our Music on Mondays next week, I will endeavor to answer which non-classical groups are my favorite. Rest assured that The Beatles will be #1 on my list. They have always been #1. There can be no other. Everyone else is fighting for #2, inclusion in the Top 10, appearance in the Top 25…….
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