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The Marriage of Figaro – Overture – jj

The Marriage of Figaro – Overture

Phenomenal rendition of the Overture from The Marriage of Figaro. John Eliot Gardiner conducts the English Baroque Soloists – famous for their use of period …



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  1. Unfortunately I do not believe I can fully appreciate this piece due to it being overused in so many cartoons and movies. It's hard to take a piece of music seriously when you've seen everything from bulls to cats singing to it and repeating the words Figaro Figaro Figarooooooo.

  2. AFAIK at that time dance halls access were still limited to mostly bourgeoisie and aristocrats though. The middle and upper classes. Back then (pre-20th century) people with lower classes (e.g. labors) didn't enjoy the same music with them since halls are expensive. It's different from now, when you could find labors enjoying classical music as long as they have the taste (and radio).

    My point wasn't about the time period ("classic"-pop) but the availability to the masses.

  3. Sure. The Strauss Waltz, for example the waltz dance An den schönen, blauen Donau was popular in dance halls. In a similar way, songs like Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night were used as dance melodies. Strauss waltzes were very new at the time, much more revolutionary than modern pop music is now. Naturally Frank Sinatra is not considered pop music now, but was when Strangers in the Night was written. Carly Simon's "Youre so Vain" is considered a classic and is now about 40 years old.

  4. The difference between this era and the classical era is: in this era you don't need to be a baron to listen to this.

    Back in the classical era, musics such as these were not readily available to the masses. Sure at that time Blue Danube Waltz or Marriage of Figaro wasn't a "classical" music, but definitely it was not "pop" music.

    This kind of music was only listened by the few elites (rich people and nobility), while the masses listened to folk "pop" music or troubadours.

  5. There is a problem i've noticed it tho, this younger generation is trying to erase the past. I've noticed opera attendance lowering over the last few years. I am afraid that they might eradicate this music in the next 200 years. If we don't resist against them everything before their egotistical existence they will destroy.

  6. Every year has produced great music. Many pop songs have gone on to become popular light classic, such as the Can Can, the Blue Danube Waltz, O Sole Mio and Away in A Manger. All of these were pop music at the time, definitelynot Classical.

  7. All the greats will survive, when the trash has long been forgotten. They've been recognised as singularly special, for the last 200 years, I don't think they'll be going anywhere soon. They're part of human history, not just a single nations' they're so well known.

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