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Currently working on: Perfecting the Op 2/1, studying the 27/2 last movement. Chopin Nocturne 32/2 and Posth. C#m, 'Raindrop' prelude and Etude 10/9 Repetoire: Beethoven op 2/1, 10/1(1st, 2nd), 13, 14/1, 27/1(1st, 2nd), 27/2, 28(1st, 2nd), 31/2(1st, 3rd), 49/1, 49/2, 78(1st), 79, 90, 101(1st)
One interesting thing about the Ketchup song (info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ketchup_Song) is how its chorus is broken up into groups of *6* measures, not the usual 4. I'm always fascinated by non-standard phrase lengths; I feel there's a connection to their catchiness. Mozart did this a lot.
The other interesting thing about this song (which I just learned from its wikipedia page) is that it's in the key of D# minor / Eb minor. Six accidentals is not standard world-wide pop practice. I wonder if Bach would have heard the passion on the cross in this music....
Beethoven op.110, Chopin op.27/2, Liszt Vallée d'Obermann
Many, many pieces by Mendelssohn. Ultimately, he was just a sunny guy. Just listen to the last chorus from "Elijah." Sure, it's a fugue, but if that work doesn't bring a smile to your face, just from the sheer glory of the music, something is wrong with you.
I think the fellow woke up every morning with a scherzo in his heart, and went to bed every night the same way. He might have been the happiest successful composer ever. Only the early death of his sister seemed to mar his otherwise comfortable life.
#1497422 - 08/16/1006:53 PMRe: What composition makes everybody happy?
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Many years ago, I was having a horrible horrible day, and I retreated to the sanctuary of my car for a while to get away from everyone. I popped in a recording of Mozart's K448 Sonata for two pianos. That second movement transported me, and instantly erased my foul mood. To this day, if I'm ever frustrated or agitated, I first try counting, and if that fails, I take a deep breath, and play through that in my mind. Works every time.
I'll also throw in the finale of Beethoven's 7th Symphony. I heard a performance a few nights go, and I was almost dancing to it. If that can't lift your spirits, nothing will.
Currently working on: -Poulenc Trois pièces -Liszt Harmonies du Soir -Bach/Brahms Chaconne for Left Hand
The last movement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Schumann's Toccata, Rossini (and Rossini/Liszt) Overture to William Tell, Alkan's cello sonata, Rachmaninoff's cello sonatas, just about any other piano-cello sonata, and obviously Busoni's piano concerto.