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Favourite passages in music
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I was just listening to Liszt's Pensee des Morts, and it has one of the most remarkable passages i've heard in all of music - what Phillip Thompson correctly describes as a 'descent into madness.'





The passage is especially from 0:33 to 0:58 in the second video - although it's not the same without hearing the before and after.

I'm wondering, what are some of your favourite passages in music?

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The last cadenza to the Ravel Concerto for the left hand...


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Probably too short to be a "passage," but....
"those 2 measures" in Chopin's 4th Ballade.



And, tied for 1st: The ff passage in the Barcarolle, at 7:31:


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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Probably too short to be a "passage," but....
"those 2 measures" in Chopin's 4th Ballade.

It really is that whole D-flat section section. The two measures you note are incredible and I love four measures later with the B-flat against the C in the bass. Chills every time.


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And, tied for 1st: The ff passage in the Barcarolle, at 7:31:


And another amazing moment.


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The contrary octaves in the Chopin Fantasie.


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Originally Posted by DameMyra
The contrary octaves in the Chopin Fantasie.

Would be among my favorites if we didn't have to play them. ha

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I love getting there, whether listening or playing.

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pianojosh23 #1880847 04/16/12 09:42 PM
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I could name 50 things... so I'll just stick to what I've been working on all week.

The two measures before the final accelerando, especially the low A natural in LH octaves, at the end of Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasise.

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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
The last cadenza to the Ravel Concerto for the left hand...



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I'll submit the climax of Ondine when played to my liking:

Ondine Climax

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pianojosh23 #1880889 04/17/12 12:10 AM
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Very few of mine are piano music. What sort of pianist am I? But there is that amazing moment in the last section of the slow movement of Schubert D960 where it goes into C major...


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Originally Posted by DameMyra
Originally Posted by Mark_C
Probably too short to be a "passage," but....
"those 2 measures" in Chopin's 4th Ballade.

It really is that whole D-flat section section. The two measures you note are incredible and I love four measures later with the B-flat against the C in the bass. Chills every time.


Originally Posted by Mark_C

And, tied for 1st: The ff passage in the Barcarolle, at 7:31:


And another amazing moment.


I'll third these motions! Measure 134 in the ballade is a strong competitor for me, however.

The opening andantino of the second ballade is sublime in its simplicity, and I am always on edge when, just before the coda, the melody in bass octaves under right hand quasi-tremolo figuration and when the trills just moments before the coda start... man, I am really ready for the A minor by the start of the last two pages =D

I really need to think about more than Chopin, goodness. I really love the D major section of the finale of Beethoven Op. 10, No. 2 - sweetest thing you can imagine, a little chromatic movement, and then getting back to F with a crescendo with a dominant seventh on these silly repeated notes! It's like Beethoven philosophizing and then laughing it off!

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This is just way too hard to answer for me. WAY too hard. I can't even count the number of infatuating moments in Chopin's work, let alone any of my other beloved composers' work. 'Tis a good question for someone who has only heard a few pieces of music in their lifetime. wink

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Right now - the major section of the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. Gets me everytime!

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Haha great to see people talking about the Db major part in Ballade 4. Since it's one of my more recent pieces I have a strong impression of it. That part gives me "the chills", and I've had people tell me they cried when I played that section. Great piece for impressing members of the opposite gender for that reason I suppose :P

I don't think I can name favorites as so many pieces are just wonderful, but it's the most strongly emotional passage I can think of. Actually there's something in Liszt Ballade 2 that has an equally strong "makes you want to cry" factor that I can't really remember. Also the oboe part in the beginning of Brahms Symphony 1, extremely haunting!

Kind of creepy how music can create such a strong reaction in people.

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Maybe that part in the theme from the slow movement of the Hammerklavier where the melody soars up to B and there's a brief tonicization of G major as the sun briefly peeks through the clouds before disappearing again.

My favorite note in classical music is the contrabassoon F natural in measure 7 of the finale of Brahms' Symphony no. 4.

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Originally Posted by didyougethathing


I'll submit the climax of Ondine when played to my liking:

Ondine Climax


That reminded me!! I like the part right before that with the cascading thirds...

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My favorite moment in music is not part of the piano literature, but the beginning of the trio at the end of Der Rosenkavalier, as each voice enters.

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pianojosh23 #1881358 04/17/12 05:22 PM
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I've got a few:

Glissandi (is it the 3rd or 4th variation?) in Liszt Totentanz solo piano version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGBXA1tBiLw#t=160s
at around 2:36 if the link doesn't work properly. I think this variation is one of the most transcendental pieces of piano writing in, well, ever...

Those little chromatic runs in Chasse-Neige
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XhjmTKiCzE#t=120s
It makes me feel funny every time!

The Climax of the Eroica Symphony
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GozL_l0l0Y#t=3m50s
(This recording isn't so great, I suggest Karajan, but I can't find it on YouTube right now.)


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^^ Those chromatics in Chasse-neige are hellish. Ugh, and especially those huge chromatic scales going up in the right hand before, just before the alternating octave sections!


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I thought about this thread while listening to this.

At 3:00 -- the transition into that quick run is just fantastic. I love the way Yundi plays it with power, unlike many.

For the full effect I recommend starting it at 2:53 when he strikes the low C#.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x-y2DuHSec

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