Opera, Music and Cinema appreciation.


i woke up like dis


i woke up like dis

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Franco Fagioli is an actual beast.

The best living countertenor. 

this is my jam!

I literally cannot fathom how people can dislike classical music. I mean, if you dislike it then that’s entirely your prerogative… But I just don’t understand how that could work. It’s some of the most intense musical experiences you can get! Just. Everything. It’s WABAM HERE IS YOUR CHOSEN EMOTION IN MUSIC FORM. You want sadness? Here you go. Want a frolicking revelry? Bam got that too. Want righteous sweeping music suitable for leading your army into the face of certain death? Coming right up… Classical music, man. It is amazing.



When you put it like that I almost want to dislike classical music.

Its not about canned emotion, that’s a very reductive view of things. This is the kind of viewpoint that makes people dislike the work of composers like Webern because it doesn’t tick certain boxes for them.  

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Tempus es iocundum/Dulcissime from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

Get joyful!

Portraits of Reconciliation

This just blows me away; it truly demonstrates humanity’s enormous capacity for forgiveness.

“I was … attacked for being a pasticheur, chided for composing ‘simple’ music, blamed for deserting ‘modernism,’ accused of renouncing my ‘true Russian heritage.’ People who had never heard of, or cared about, the originals cried ‘sacrilege’: ‘The classics are ours. Leave the classics alone.’ To them all my answer was and is the same: You ‘respect,’ but I love.”

—   Igor Stravinsky, Expositions and Developments, 1959 (via monstrsacre)

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J.S. Bach: Toccata e Fuga in re minore, BWV 565 

Arranged for flute by the brilliant Salvatore Sciarrino.

Played beautifully by Mario Caroli.


How Composers Spent Their Time

These snapshots give us just a glimpse of what life was like for these towering figures of classical music. Take a look at some of the quirky, idiosyncratic doings of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and other geniuses of note here.

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