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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!
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.
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.
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.
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...