Most people have relatively little education in Classical music. For a lot of us, our Classical education is limited to certain pieces that appear in movies, and Warner Brothers.
Hell, in my case, I love the stuff and my own exposure to it is far from complete. Aside from the names everyone knows (Mozart, Bach, Beethoven), I tend to specialize in 19th and 20th century Russians: Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, and so on. To be honest, I first got into Classical music because I'm first and foremost a metal-head, and most good
metal draws on Classical music. If you want to write metal that isn't crap, Classical music is kinda required reading.
Then, I discovered that a famous composer once wrote a piece that caused a riot at its debut in Paris. Any idiot can start a riot at a metal show. Starting a riot at a ballet, in Paris, in 1913, takes genius. Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
did exactly that, and I fell in love the moment I heard it.
So, I'm going to raise the tone of my LJ, and inflict a little music on you. Don't worry, if my LJ becomes a little too high-brow, I'll post some George Carlin or something for contrast. Besides, you already know these songs. At worst, you just don't know the names yet.
First, an easy one: Fortune Imperatrix Mundi
(Fortune, Empress of the World), from Carmina Burana
by Carl Orff. This one has been used in a bunch of movies, and at least one ad for beer
. Don't mind the visuals from 300; this is the only version I could find on YouTube that had both halves of the piece.[Error: unknown template video]
Next, Mars: Bringer of War, from The Planets
by Gustav Holst. The people who score war documentaries tend to like this one a lot. Other than that, the soundtracks from Robotech and Star Wars don't exactly quote it, but they definitely show its influence.[Error: unknown template video]
Finally, The Flower Duet, from Lakmé
by Léo Delibes. This one has also been used in a bunch of movies, and at least one major company has used it in its ad campaigns. The part you've almost surely heard starts at 1:22. [Error: unknown template video]