dealsbig beethoven box: various artists: official…

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Most importantly, the works in this collection are complete, with all the movements in order. +++

(Some collections just have random movements from random works, which is like reading random chapters from random books.)

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@gusvonpooch: The 9th Symphony has lyrics. You should check it out. It's all about racial harmony and peace among the people of the world . . . 150 years before the American Civil Rights movement.

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Hmm do I want to buy a few songs for 0.99 each, or 0.99 for all 176 songs? I have to think about this.

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Old Ludwig van was not really into lyrics I guess.

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Bach invented/established/promoted the well-tempered tuning system, which means that a D flat is the same pitch as a C sharp.

This allows for key changes (modulations) in the middle of pieces. Without key changes, musical pieces are (to our ears) not very dramatic or emotional.

Bach provided the vocabulary that Beethoven used to change the direction of Western music. Do we have to pick which one is more stupendous?

Anyway, I bought it. No-brainer. Plus I have credit from past purchases so it wasn't 99 cents, it was FREE!!! 176 tracks for FREE.

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Claude Achille Debussy-- Died, 1918.

Christophe Willebald Gluck-- Died, 1787.

Carl Maria von Weber-- Not at all well, 1825. Died, 1826.

Giacomo Meyerbeer-- Still alive, 1863. Not still alive, 1864.

Modeste Mussorgsky-- 1880, going to parties. No fun anymore, 1881.

Johan Nepomuk Hummel-- Chatting away nineteen to the dozen with his mates down the pub every evening, 1836. 1837, nothing.

(From Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album.)

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Beethoven's gone, but his music lives on,
And Mozart don't go shopping no more.
You'll never meet Liszt or Brahms again,
And Elgar doesn't answer the door.

Schubert and Chopin used to chuckle and laugh,
Whilst composing a long symphony,
But one hundred and fifty years later,
There's very little of them left to see.

They're decomposing composers.
There's nothing much anyone can do.
You can still hear Beethoven,
But Beethoven cannot hear you.

Handel and Haydn and Rachmaninov
Enjoyed a nice drink with their meal,
But nowadays, no one will serve them,
And their gravy is left to congeal.

Verdi and Wagner delighted the crowds
With their highly original sound.
The pianos they played are still working,
But they're both six feet underground.

They're decomposing composers.
There's less of them every year.
You can say what you like to Debussy,
But there's not much of him left to hear.

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@enville: Bach is great, but no one outside Germany knew who the hell Bach was until 100 years after he was dead (Brahms discovered his him).

Find any music history professor in the world and ask him/her who is more important in the history of music: Bach or Beethoven? They'll say Beethoven.

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@enville: Or Purcell, or what about Dowland. Chopin?

I think to a great extent it's all just opinion.

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umm... I think you mean Bach

but I bought it anyway, still a deal for one of the three most influential composers of WESTERN music

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Not bad for the single most influential composer who ever lived.