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Everything posted by Loert

  1. Very cool! I can hear a space traveller drifting through space dust (the "mystical" sections) and occasionally arriving at a star system (the "fanfares"). Nice ending too
  2. OK, interesting. For me that feels too "peaceful" to be called melancholic, but some melancholy is definitely present! What about "Tsarina Adrift At Sea In A Barrel" by Rimsky-Korsakov? You likely know it already if you know Kalinnikov, but that piece definitely has a melancholic feel to it. It also ends in major, so can be called life-affirming. (For me it brings to mind a lone old man wandering through a snowy mountain range...so exactly the opposite of what the title says)
  3. Whoops! OK then, here are some ideas... Melancholy, (the life-affirming one) Mahler, 9th symphony (4th movement) Tchaikovsky, 6th symphony (4th movement) Rachmaninoff, "The Mournful Iron Bells" epic enormity and majesty Liszt, Les préludes Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (overture) Walton, Symphony No.1 (4th movement) chaos, Honegger, Symphony No.3 (1st movement) Leifs, Hekla Norman, Play: Level 1 transcendentalism, resp. spirituality Wagner, Lohengrin (Prelude) Scriabin-Nemtin, Prefatory Action Scelsi, Konx-om-pax [or anything else by him...]
  4. Ein Heldenleben, maybe? At least the latter three are perfectly encapsulated in Eine Alpensinfonie.
  5. I watched the Zeffirelli production of La bohème yesterday, and now I can't get Musetta's Waltz out of my head...
  6. It's the last movement from Lutoslawski's "Concerto for Orchestra", Lutoslawski conducting. The album is this one: https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/7925308--lutos-awski-symphonic-variations-etc
  7. Possibly my favourite tonal (post-tonal?) piece by this guy:
  8. JW probably thought it's just some fan...
  9. OK, so this is not my wife nor girlfriend, but I once started playing the 1941 March on the car stereo and my very close family member switched it off simply because it annoyed her.
  10. The more I listen to this cue, the more fascinating it gets. The way JW creates a "sheen" of sound with the high strings is particularly effective (especially at the beginning). And the statement of the Ark theme at 3:27 contains possibly the creepiest bars of music in the entire score...
  11. Brian Eno did once call JW his "Anti-christ". But he also calls himself a "non-musician", so...
  12. 7:10-7:42 Only 30 seconds long but filled with such devastation, as if we were listening to the collapse of a civilisation...
  13. John Williams really loves using ♭6-♮7 in his minor chords. (For those who don't know what it sounds like, it's the penultimate chord in the attached file.) It's basically become a signature of his. On the other hand, ♭6-♭7 is more "Rachmaninoff", for example... jw_danger_motif.mp3
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