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The beginning of Le Sacre du Printemps.  Stravinsky throwing down the gauntlet. The Rite of Spring changed music and us.

The beginning of Le Sacre du Printemps. Stravinsky throwing down the gauntlet. The Rite of Spring changed music and us.

These are the opening snippets of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 - the opening of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd movements.  I'll try to edit this by adding YouTube clips of performances of each movement.  I just compiled such an excellent board when Pinterest failed me!  I'll try again soon. ---UPDATE --- Pinterest have become bastards & won't let me redirect to great performances for fear I'm spamming. Pinterest is anti-educational!

These are the opening snippets of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 - the opening of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd movements. I'll try to edit this by adding YouTube clips of performances of each movement. I just compiled such an excellent board when Pinterest failed me! I'll try again soon. ---UPDATE --- Pinterest have become bastards & won't let me redirect to great performances for fear I'm spamming. Pinterest is anti-educational!

The opening of the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1.  This is a joke.  I think it is Beethoven giving a major middle finger to conservatives and/or music critics as this great work begins exactly how it shouldn't - in the key of F Major, and then the Key of G Major.  It is a symphony in C Major, so opening it intentionally in those keys, I feel, is part of a great musical joke.  It then goes to C Major, as it should, but not after "ridiculing the rules."  : )

The opening of the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1. This is a joke. I think it is Beethoven giving a major middle finger to conservatives and/or music critics as this great work begins exactly how it shouldn't - in the key of F Major, and then the Key of G Major. It is a symphony in C Major, so opening it intentionally in those keys, I feel, is part of a great musical joke. It then goes to C Major, as it should, but not after "ridiculing the rules." : )

Happy Birthday Wagner Style - YouTube

Happy Birthday Wagner Style - YouTube

Varese's Ionisation.  Wow.  Like Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, this too came from another world.

Varese's Ionisation. Wow. Like Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, this too came from another world.

I have 4 recordings of this work that helped change my life. Today I need to be surrounded by all that is sublime and transcendent. - Béla Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 2

I have 4 recordings of this work that helped change my life. Today I need to be surrounded by all that is sublime and transcendent. - Béla Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 2

Stravinsky - the Petrouchka chord

Stravinsky - the Petrouchka chord

Wayne Shorter - "Children Of The Night"

Wayne Shorter - "Children Of The Night"

The opening of Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor.  It's best if you write what comes next (measures 10-87) before listening to it and determine if what you wrote is as good. : )

The opening of Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor. It's best if you write what comes next (measures 10-87) before listening to it and determine if what you wrote is as good. : )

The opening moments of Olivier Messiaen's gigantic 10-movement orchestral masterpiece, "Turangalila Symphony."  Receive this when you can.

The opening moments of Olivier Messiaen's gigantic 10-movement orchestral masterpiece, "Turangalila Symphony." Receive this when you can.

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