Posts Tagged ‘Classical music’

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After ten years of my dad playing his favorite classical music over and over (and then whistling the tunes over and over without noticing), it became a bit much. Not that I hate the music itself or anything (I really do love it), but too much is too much.  There is a limited number on how many times I can hear Vivaldi’s Four Seasons without tiring of it, as it is with all other music.  It’s a shame, really.  Because I still love these old tunes (like Für Elise; still one of my favorites), they just don’t resonate right.

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Leitmotif (Freya and Goldene Äpfel) uit Richar...

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I have suddenly re-developed an intense like for Richard Wagner’s music.  I do admit to a particular interest for Das Rheingold.  Even though I have never actually listened to any of it in detail before now, I find myself recognizing nearly all of the leitmotifs immediately.  Having grown up with this kind of classical music around me, it is of little surprise to me.  It is in fact rather comforting, maybe in the same way that a prodigal lullaby may trigger certain pleasant memories of childhood.

This is what Der Ring des Nibelungen is to me;  a prodigal memory.

I was listening to a soundtrack by Howard Shore (I am not going to mention which one, but the answer is not at all elusive),  and it struck me how similar his style is to Wagner.  All composers have their unique traits, their ‘thread’ of sorts, and I also find that all composers have their ‘threads’ lead back to some major influences in one way or another.  Not at all surprising, to be sure.  It is, after all, the nature of all things to stem from another.  It’s unimportant.  What I was thinking of was rather: how similar some of Shore’s traits were to Wagner’s.  And that’s what got me listening to Der Ring des Nibelungen again.

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Das Rheingold  (Entrance of the Gods)

English: Leitmotif of Siegfried - early form

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