05-21-2012, 08:45 PM
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Mine is Amazing Grace. I once said I never heard it sung badly, then I heard it sung like the person was on Star Search and "look at me" and it lacked heart and it was pretty bad. But when just sung from the heart, not trying to say "look at me", I can't imagine anything more beautiful. Someone who can't sing, singing amazing grace is beautiful if you know what I mean.

OK, so what's yours. It could be rock , or an opera, but what is it?

Runners up are OK too. My runner ups are Tchaikovskys Pas de deux from the Nutcracker and Delibes Flower Duet. No I haven't a clue what they're singing, I just know that it's a beautiful sound. The Pas de deux almost never fails to evoke strong emotion in me.

Turn your speakers up! (the first 5:15)




But on a par with Amazing Grace is Taps. It strikes a deep emotional chord with me because I know what it means- I was a warrior at one time. And it's all the more potent because of the lone plaintive bugle. Deeply moving to me. Even now just thinking of it is deeply emotional for me.

Maybe it's the upcoming Memorial Day that makes me think these thoughts tonight and friends I knew who aren't anymore.

But to get back on track as to the most beautiful pieces of music, songs, or tunes, post yours and feel free to post more as they strike.

Taps

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 05-21-2012, 08:48 PM
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Being of Irish descent my favourite is

"Where The River Shannon Flows"

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 05-21-2012, 09:03 PM
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Nessun Dorma. I will never forget watching the 3 Tenors sing it before the World Cup final in 1994.



And here's the 3 Tenors version...

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 05-21-2012, 10:47 PM
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Almost anything Ella Fitzgerald sings could qualify if she wanted it too. And there is a version of Shenandoah I cannot find that I once heard that nearly had me in tears. But year after year, the Fourth Movement of Beethovens Ninth does it for me. Once saw it live performed by the BSO and it beat everything (and I've seen B.B. King three times.)

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 05-21-2012, 10:56 PM
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Brian,

I would have to go along with you. When sung from the heart my one and two are Amazing Grace, and The Old Rugged Cross.

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 05-22-2012, 12:11 AM
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Hmm. Tricky. Beautiful can cover a whole bunch of different kinds of things. One of the most beautiful noises that I have ever heard a person make is when Lucia Popp sang the Queen of the Night Aria from Mozart's Magic Flute. Just makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up (and that's me as a life-long Led Zeppelin fan)!

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 05-22-2012, 02:23 AM
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Wow Sharpspine, mine is from one of the three tenors. It's this



When I saw The Untouchables when I was a kid, I heard this and asked my mom what it was since that was one of the most wonderful songs I'd ever heard. That song launched my love of Opera. It still brings tears to my eyes. It makes me miss Pavarotti as well. What a talent

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 05-22-2012, 04:51 AM
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For me, Ave Maria ranks right up there.




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 05-22-2012, 10:05 AM
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Brian,
i would also concur with you that Amazing Grace is probably the most beautiful and moving songs. However, i really appreciate the way Jeff Buckley sings Corpus Christi Carol on his album Grace. However, there are too many songs that are amazing!

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 05-22-2012, 10:07 AM
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Too many to put one as an all time favorite. They range from Leontyne Price's version of Un Bel Dì Vedremo from Madama Butterfly to Simon and Garfunkel's version of Bridge Over Troubled Water to Ella Fitzgerald's So Rare, as well as many others.




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 05-22-2012, 12:54 PM
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(05-22-2012, 10:07 AM)freddy Wrote: Simon and Garfunkel's version of Bridge Over Troubled Water
+1 if I'm allowed another ...

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 05-22-2012, 01:54 PM
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Andres Segovia playing Asturias



It's best to close your eyes and see where the sound takes you.

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 05-22-2012, 07:22 PM
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Toughy. Maybe Duke Ellington, "Mood Indigo." I'll make Clifford Brown's "Stardust" the runner up. That's just in Jazz.

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 05-22-2012, 08:10 PM
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La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong. It was my first dance with my lovely wife at our wedding.

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 05-22-2012, 11:28 PM
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You can definitely come back with more. Favorites change by the day.

About Louis Armstrong the first time I heard What A Wonderful World I was blown away- just beautiful!


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 05-22-2012, 11:37 PM
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(05-22-2012, 11:28 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: ... the first time I heard It's A Wonderful World I was blown away ...
That would be perfect for this morning here in the South of the UK. It's lovely, after a LONG dull period, which was, honestly, getting to be just a little depressing. Long live the sunshine.

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 05-23-2012, 06:45 AM
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My choice:


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 05-23-2012, 08:46 AM
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This is a tough one...I like all sorts of music. I'm going with the first thing that came to mind, though: Copland's Appalachian Spring, especially the Allegro (2:46 in the first video) and Simple Gifts (5:08 in the second video) parts. Epic stuff.







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 05-23-2012, 08:52 AM
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Well, excluding classical music - in which Mozart has a lock for me - I think that Comin' Back to Me by Marty Balin and Jefferson Airplane sounds most beautiful to me, I guess because it tugs at my heartstrings and brings back bittersweet memories of love lost long ago.

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 05-23-2012, 09:12 AM
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(05-23-2012, 08:52 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Well, excluding classical music - in which Mozart has a lock for me - I think that Comin' Back to Me by Marty Balin and Jefferson Airplane sounds most beautiful to me, I guess because it tugs at my heartstrings and brings back bittersweet memories of love lost long ago.

+1, that's a great tune. Triad ia another favorite of mine. A college roommate introduced me to Jefferson Airplane. Shortly after that, Jorma built a ranch nearby. A high school classmate plays bass with him on occasion.

Lost love...where would we be without it?

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