Posted by Mindy

Have you all visited my Facebook page, Tea With Music?  On that page you’ll notice how I put up clips of different styles of music composed by different composers of different eras.  You might says to yourself, “Well, I just don’t like classical music.” Or “It just sounds like a bunch of notes; I really don’t get it.”  I put these clips up because I just bet that you’ll find some “sound stuff,” yes “sound stuff” that you’ll actually enjoy!

Each composer has his particular signature, particular fingerprints over a composition, his particular way of using “sound stuff.”  The Facebook page, as well as this blog, is how I would like to introduce you to explore these different sound stuff!  Below, I’ve included two examples of two different composers’ works to give you a taste of two different types of sound stuff.  One of these classical pieces was even included in a recent thriller!


As the composer Aaron Copland puts it:

“There is, however, such a thing as becoming more sensitive to the different kinds of sound stuff as used by various composers. For all composers do not use that sound stuff in the same way.  Don’t get the idea that the value of music is commensurate with its sensuous appeal or that the loveliest sounding music is made by the greatest composer.   If that were so,  Ravel would be a greater creator then Beethoven.  The point is that the sound element varies with each composer, that his usage of sound forms an integral part of his style and must be taken into account when listening.” (What to Listen for in Music, p. 11)


Here’s an example of some Ravel “sound stuff”:  Pavane pour une Infante Defunte   Amazing!  This piece shows up in the latest Bat-thriller as dance music!

And now some Beethoven:  Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Movement 1

Keep your eyes open for one of Copland’s very American, patriotic sounding pieces to be introduced in an upcoming blog entry.