Classical Music Favourites
I listen to a fairly wide range of music, occasionally classical. I also occasionally make 8tracks playlists and the other night I decided it was time to do one for my favourite classical pieces. Before I get into anything else, I'll throw up that link.
My taste in classical music is very defined; I love the late romantic era above all else. Even more specifically my favourite artists are Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin. For those of you who like a bit of biographical musing I will include a brief summary of these musical virtuosos.
Chopin is the oldest of those 3. He was born in 1810 in Poland, but spent much of his life in Paris until his death in 1849. The reason I love Chopin is his intense expressiveness. Many of his pieces are not overwhelmingly complex from a technical standpoint. Rather, he distinguishes himself with striking variation in tempo and dynamics. I have personally played, or am capable of playing, several of Chopins great works. The same probably can't be said for another of my favourites.
Rachmaninoff's greatest hits are the work of more than just a remarkable pianist; They also usually involve an orchestra. His skill in composing at such a grand scale is astounding. Rachmaninoff was born in 1873 in Russia, and spent the last half of his life in the US until his death in 1943. I appreciate many of his compositions, but his place in my favourites is largely due to one achievement, Piano Concerto No. 2. This half hour behemoth of musical marvel is about as entertaining as any single piece of music gets. Hearing it in good quality with my eyes closed never fails to give me chills.
Debussy may not have the orchestral flair of Rachmaninoff, but his music is as beautiful as any I've ever heard. He was born in 1862 in France where he lived his whole life. His natural death in 1918 actually occurred directly in the midst of the German assault of Paris, where he resided. Like Chopin his music is intensely expressive, but where Chopin tends towards simple and somber, Debussy tends towards impressive and uplifting (in my amateur opinion). Someday I will learn to play my favourite pieces of his. It's a long term goal of mine that, with plenty of time and effort, is certainly within reach.
I highly recommend having a listen to the timeless masterpieces of these 3 individuals. In my opinion, their work contributed to a musical golden age the likes of which will never be experienced again.