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Orchestral Gentleman 12/12/20(Thu)02:54 No. 1857

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Good day or evening, gentlemen! What are your preferences when it comes musical finery? I'll start:
One of my personal favorites is Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique, of that I've had the pleasure of performing and listening to whenever I am able.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/20(Thu)03:15 No. 1858

While Symphony Fantastique is a wonderful piece, I personally prefer the sounds of Brahms. I prefer his cello sonatas and his second. Or if I'm feeling particularly rambunctious, I'll listen to Revueltas' Sensemaya.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/25(Tue)20:07 No. 1876

I prefer the higher echelons of polyphony myself.
Tallis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtJvtk6EHZE
Gesualdo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZAs9LjJAHU
Obrecht https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MPqV2mMA9g

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/26(Wed)00:22 No. 1877

It's nice to know I'm not the only person who enjoys polyphony, and you've listed two composers whose work I haven't yet heard.

Gregorio Allegri's Miserere is my favorite work so far:

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/31(Mon)23:09 No. 1906

I myself enjoy the works of Chopin and Wagner, and on occasion the Red Army choir.

I confess I have only a passing interest in music. I most often use it as simple background noise.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/16(Thu)04:13 No. 2674

My great-granduncle was Ralph Vaughn Williams and I am partial to his work, particularly the London Symphony. Beethoven, Elgar, and Holst are also all favorites.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/16(Thu)04:25 No. 2678

The Red Army Choir are amazing but there are too many scared by the social stigma it's associated with. Their loss.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/02/02(Sun)13:26 No. 2698

I'll second the first and dispute the second. The disagreeably populist music of that irritable anti-Semite finds an audience only amongst vagrants, brigands and plebians. A gentleman or lady will please themselves only with the intellectually vigorous chamber music of Brahms and the elegant romantic Lied and art songs of a Schumann - R. or C!

However, a gentleman's gentleman, with all the savior-faire to be expected when descending into the havens and hovels of the upper-middle class, may, from time to time, soothe his ear with the strains of some Ellington, Brubeck or Sinatra.

Finally, I'll mention that an Outstanding Gentleman (henceforth, "O.G."), will eschew the work of any piece of music written after Beethoven's ninth. The O.G. recognizes that this work represents the culmination of the finer aspects of Western musical. All music since, striving to distance itself from such perfection, has devolved into hedonistic, decadent music for the proletariat. Once this symphony premiered, all elegance in Western music withered and died.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/02/04(Tue)09:00 No. 2699

Though I absolutely love Rachmaninoff and the Russian romantic composers, I have a special spot in my heart for mid 19th century bebop and hardbop. Art Blakey is probably the artist I adore the most, Max Roach a close second. In older styles of jazz, I like to keep it simple with Duke Ellington and Art Tatum.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/02/04(Tue)21:21 No. 2700

My fascination towards the fairly recent trends named Electro-<Swing|Jazz> ( >>2562 ) is accompanied by an equal care for "traditional" Jazz and Swing.

I find it hard to believe that there was Bebop and Hardbop in the Nineteenth Century; although it is an understandable mistake.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/02/09(Sun)22:47 No. 2703

Ah, yes. A quite embarrassing mistake, but I thank you for correcting me without undue reprimand. That aside, I agree with your tastes. Electroswing seems to combine two relatively lively and popular (in their times) genres into an enjoyable third genre. But one cannot forget the roots, and what fine roots indeed.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/12(Sat)01:14 No. 2747

Scott Joplin particularly "Solace" and the opera "Treemonisha". also the occasional musical especially shows such as Ragtime and Spring Awakening. Ragtime has incredibly clear and rich orchestrations in the turn of the century style lots of solo instruments and percussion. Spring awakening is much more minimal and even uses rock but only sparingly and does so excellently. Particulary nice is the use of the string quartet with the other instruments in an almost impressionist style. reminds me quite a bit of the debussy string quartet 3rd movement.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/04/18(Fri)21:22 No. 2757

As a gentleman oft pressed with the vicissitudes of life, I lean towards sharp, coarse compositions. Names such as Schnitke and Cowell are usually in order. Prokofiev, in particular, is quite deserving in this category. Of course, amongst polite company and friendly camaraderie I will quote the works of Bach and Chopin as well, as any other proper man of letter would.

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