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^ very good one :thumbsup:

The ending of the greatest thing ever written, Mahler's 8th Symphony. It starts very quietly and slowly, but please stick with it. It's worth it. :) Farin, at least, might understand the words...

Oh, and Simon Rattle may very well creep you out.

that one sent shivers down my spine (in a good way) :)

and how many musicians / choir people are there anyway? :shocked: must be a couple hundreds

btw I didn't understand one word of it :laughing:

I read that the second part of the symphony consists of Faust II, so I guess this is the last verses? :)

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and how many musicians / choir people are there anyway? :shocked: must be a couple hundreds

btw I didn't understand one word of it :laughing:

I read that the second part of the symphony consists of Faust II, so I guess this is the last verses? :)

It's nicknamed "Symphony Of A Thousand" for good reason. I think an average performance uses full orchestra (roughly 100 members), 850 singers - two full choirs and a boys'/children's choir - and 8 soloists. Sick. :)

The text used for this part is indeed from the final part of Göethe's "Faust". The whole is thing is pretty much a love song to Mahler's wife, a cheating whore.

Original German:

Alles Vergängliche

ist nur ein Gleichnis;

das Unzulängliche,

hier wird's Ereignis;

das Unbeschreibliche,

hier ist es getan;

das Ewigweibliche

zieht uns hinan.

English:

Everything transitory

is only an approximation;

what could be achieved

here comes to pass;

what no-one could describe,

is here accomplished;

the Eternal Feminine

draws us aloft.

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I agree wholeheartedly with Chris about The Planets by Gustav Holst.

Claire de lune - Debussy

Concierto de aranjuez - Rodrigo

Pavane pour une infante defunte - Ravel

Symphony No. 9 "From The New World" - Dvorak

Symphony No. 6 "The Pastoral" - Beethoven

Gymnopedies 1 & 3 - Satie

Reverie - Debussy

Barcarolle - Offenbach

O Mio Babbino Caro (from Gianni Schicci) - Puccini

Recondita Armonia (from Tosca) - Puccini

Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore (from Tosca) - Puccini

Un bel di (from Madame Butterfly) - Puccini

En Bateau - Debussy

In The Steppes Of Central Asia - Borodin

If you are a fan of unabashedly romantic music, you cannot go wrong with almost anything by Debussy or Puccini.

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As a violinist, I must defend my instrument in my own biased manner.

How do you keep your violin from getting stolen?

Put it in a viola case.

What's the difference between a violin and a viola?

1. The viola burns longer.

2. The viola holds more beer.

3. You can tune the violin.

What's the definition of a minor second?

Two violists playing in unison.

:neener:

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But to be serious, violas have better tone than violin and you can play as high as the ear can bear to hear on one, so you don't need the extra fifth from the E string. The C string gives the low range, allowing the viola to play more varied material.

For orchestra, violins are needed to play the melody most of the time, but the viola wins as a solo instrument. :soapbox:

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How do you keep your violin from getting stolen?

Put it in a viola case.

What's the difference between a violin and a viola?

1. The viola burns longer.

2. The viola holds more beer.

3. You can tune the violin.

What's the definition of a minor second?

Two violists playing in unison.

:neener:

I love viola jokes, partly since I can't see any reason for disliking the instrument. :grin: :laughing:

What's the difference between a viola and an onion?

Nobody cries when you chop up a viola.

:grin:

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