- Jan 2015
- Ontario, Canada
Dmitri Shostakovich's Second Waltz I have heard this one before I just didn't know what it was. As far as a waltz goes it is good but far from the epic stuff that I like most. Comparable to the Johann Strauss father and son waltzes and marches but this one seems a bit more complex like the Blue Danube. Very nice. I don't dance though.In addition to the above, there are also certain composers who have written some of the most memorable pieces of all time, but personally I wouldn't place them in the standing of the above for their overall work.
For example, Shostakovich's 2nd Waltz, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies (particularly no.2), Brahms' Hungarian Dances (especially no.5), Ivanovici's Waves of the Danube, Satie's Gnossienne no.1, and many many more, are masterpieces that should not be omitted.
Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies I started off with the piano version as he was apparently a pianist and found it really slow. Tried the orchestra instead and it was a marked improvement for my ears. I liked number 2. I was familiar with the last part of this as well I just didn't know what it was.
Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dances. Good too, more lively and exciting how I like it especially number 5 but less chaotic than the ending of Lizst's Hungarian Rhapsody number 2. I'm not sure but I may have heard this one before. It sounds structurally similar to Shostakovich's second waltz in my opinion.
Iosif Ivanovici's Waves of the Danube. Very nice over all. Good use of pacing and instruments especially the progressive build up. Very soft and formal I would describe it. I'm not a huge music buff so I suck at terminology.
Erik Satie's Gnossienne number 1. Again I seem to have a problem with the Piano being very slow. Not that bad but it makes me sleepy, calms the nerves a little too much. I like the composition of this piece though. It is good but not my favourite one of the list.
Tried some Chopin. I like his Piano more as it is more complex and exciting it seems. Started with Etude Opus 25 and it was actually pretty good. He also employed some good buildup so there is a big exciting pay off the more you progress.