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Thought I'd come and consult hootoo's resident classical music buff, although it's likely to be Romantic rather than Classical.
I am directing a play and the time has come to consider the thematic scene-setting music. I don't know precisely what I want, but I'm hoping you have some good suggestions!
It's a courtroom scene, so I'm looking for something solemn, quite pompous, minor key obviously, probably quite brassy. I'm thinking one of the big Five Russians or possibly Mahler in more accessible mood. Perhaps even some bleak Tchaikovsky.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Recommended Youtube listening?
The Promenade theme from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition (arranged Ravel)? This is a nice brassy Russian theme.
Something more modern and not so brassy - Stravinsky's Symphony in C:
Mahler's 7th symphony 2nd movement: not in a minor key but very dramatic. Slow to start but you could skip to the bit where it gets going.
Mahler Symphony 10 Adagio - very modern. Long intro, but starts moving at about 02:04. Strings.
Oooh...I'm very taken by the Stravinsky.
Much obliged, sir.
I've decided to team it up with Mahler 2 in C Minor.
If that doesn't put the fear of God and intimidation into the audience, nothing will.