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Posted By: Liz the Squeak
02-Apr-06 - 05:40 AM
Thread Name: Classical music - what makes you listen?
Subject: RE: Classical music - what makes you listen?
The 'Queen of the night' aria from 'Magic Flute'... just hearing that vicious diatribe in song.... makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck - and that's a lot of hair!

Also the 'Requiem'. I sang it 2 years ago at St Martin in the Fields with the East London Chorus but I wasn't all that well and didn't enjoy it. We're doing it again this year and this time I am going to relish every minute of it... especially the Dies Irae.

When I was a child, I didn't have much access to classical stuff except through school, where we were forcefed the 'romantic classics' - Mendelsson, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Never did like them. Doing 'Jesu, joy of mans desiring' three times in one day for various weddings killed any lasting affection I might have had for Bach.

I have a fondness for Scarlatti and the earlier composers but I do mainly put Mozart on if I'm in the mood. Trouble is, being a singer, I prefer to perform in it, rather than listen to it. Hence joining the chorus. Performing the Coronation Mass in a concert is fantastic, but to sing it as it was meant to be sung, as an act of worship in the Eucharist, is mind-blowingly, indescribably, totally out of this world!