#GuelphMusicClub, Pt. VI: Classical

After being late with my contribution to last week’s sports posts, I decided to jump right into the next topic.

The newest #GuelphMusicClub assignment deals with our favourite classical songs.

this dude is freaking out!

this dude is just freaking right out!!

Now, I am about the furthest thing from a connoisseur when it comes to this particular genre, yet several melodies immediately popped into my head when I began to ponder my own selection.

Unfortunately, my limited knowledge meant I had no idea what any of these pieces were named, who the composers were, or even the slightest frickin’ clue as to how I would go about finding any of that information.

When are they going to invent a version of Shazam that can identify the tune you are whistling? That’d be EXTREME!

Alas, all of this means that my selection(s) won’t end up as the most original of picks.
But it shall have to suffice.

Beethoven – “Moonlight Sonata” (1st mvt.)
as interpreted by Claudio Arrau

When it comes to classical music, I tend to gravitate towards the shit that makes you want to throw yourself off of a bridge. This one does that for me.
(I’m still here, though.. SORRY PLAYER)

The “Moonlight Sonata”, as it has come to be known, picks up in terms of pace and dynamics in the 2nd and 3rd movements, but it is the first part that is by far the most recognizable.

It is said that Beethoven fell in love with one of his pupils and dedicated this piece to her.

Soon after, he proposed to her, though her parents made it clear that she was forbidden to marry him.

Most likely because his name was Ludwig.

In spite of all this, the music itself remains as evocative today as it did upon its release many centuries ago.

And Arrau‘s interpretation is arguably the most gorgeous of them all.

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Speaking of Claudio Arrau, I’m gonna use him to up the Guelph quotient here by posting his excellent version of Chopin‘s “Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66“:

Where is the relevance? Because the piece serves as the basis for “Cranky Banditz” by the Bourgeois Cyborgs, a (now-defunct?) duo led by the legendary Guelph oracle, Noah23 (@THENOAH23) who kills the second verse here:

Shout out Baracuda tho who is still doin’ it.
And apologies to MadadaM (ill producer) for sample snitching.

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Honourable mentions:

Bach – “Air on the G String”


Liszt – “Consolation No. 3”



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