Saturday, April 4, 2020

Not A Concert, But An Epic Event

I love to go with Mrs. B to Jones Hall to hear our world class Houston Symphony Orchestra in a classical concert.  We have heard so much beautiful and great music from the classical music masters.  We have never been disappointed.

While there have been great concerts we have gone to, there are certain concerts containing pieces that are so stirring, so moving, so majestic, so exciting that I can't even call them concerts.  I have to put them in a special category called, epic events.  These are pieces that will actually give you goose bumps when you hear them. These pieces of awesome music will at times having you hold your breath, so to not dare make a sound. I have four pieces that quickly come to mind...these are not the only pieces I am sure that I would put in the epic event characterization, but the ones that come right to mind.

The four that immediately come to mind are from the great masters: 1. the German Classical Romantic master, L.V. Beethoven [1770-1827];  2. The German Baroque composer, George F. Handel [1685-1759];  3.  Austrian Romantic, Gustav Mahler [1860-1911];  and 4. the French Romantic composer, Camille Saint-Saens [1835-1921].
The four pieces are Beethoven's choral symphony #9, "Ode to Joy", Handel's oratorio, Messiah, Mahler's Symphony #8 "Symphony of a Thousand", and Saint-Saens, Symphony #3, "Organ Symphony".

I hope that every one of you who loves classical music will get to experience these [in my opinion] epic events at a concert hall near you, at least one time.  I will not give them an order, except to say, in my opinion, Beethoven's 9th Symphony is the epic event of all epic events.  When the final movement is about to come on, you will get goose bumps and hold your breath,  just waiting in anticipation.

Except for the Saint-Saens, these are all very long pieces, so, I hope you will turn up the volume, play in full screen, and sit back and enjoy a key movement from these epic event pieces. 

G. F. Handel: Messiah, "Hallelujah Chorus"

Gustav Mahler: Symphony #8 in E Flat Major, "Symphony of a Thousand", finale:

Camille Saint-Saens: Symphony #3 in C-minor, "Organ", final movement, Majestic, Allegro:

L.V. Beethoven: Symphony #9 in D minor, "Choral",  Movement 4, Allegro,"Ode to Joy":

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