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Started by breakfast on Aug 31, 2018 1:50:52 PM
I switched on Classic FM

Just now. Request time. They are playing the orchestral version of Yellow by Coldplay.

Do not tune in.

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machiavelli - 22 Oct 2018 05:55:17 (#1 of 52)

Yes, that is ghastly buuuttt....

...I must confess myself a listener. I know they play bits and pieces of symphonies rather than the whole thing, they play the Out of Africa theme over and over and orchestral versions of pop songs. I know all that, yet...

...I know they will be playing lovely, calming music just before I sleep and on the drive into work, on the days that I drive in.

I'm not a classics buff so it probably doesn't annoy me as much as a true devotee.

SharkPatoo - 22 Oct 2018 07:26:05 (#2 of 52)

There is a very interesting discussion to be had over the nature of music. Looking back at the c.20th it looks like fillum music became ‘classical’ music at some point (possibly when Schoenberg and the second Viennese school got all unnecessary). And tone/sound/timbre became as important as notes/melody, ironically as sound reproduction methods decreased in quality. Then there’s nostalgia both long term and short term in the repetition of minimalism which Coldplay do as well as anyone else. If you like it, then you like it, who is to say John Barry doesn’t have as much to say as Beethoven?

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yumyum - 22 Oct 2018 07:31:42 (#4 of 52)

they play the Out of Africa theme

I love that melody. It was playing when I drove away from a sad event the other day and now I probably won't be able to listen to it again.

SheikYerbouti - 22 Oct 2018 07:33:47 (#5 of 52)

Don't worry! There's always Doctor Zhivago instead.

TRaney - 22 Oct 2018 07:34:14 (#6 of 52)

They are playing the orchestral version of Yellow by Coldplay.

Curiosity drove me to seek this out.

Normally my objection to orchestral pop is that it’s a waste of about 50 instruments and 1000 years of training, and adds nothing more than an ersatz sophistication.

However this is a real dog’s dinner and is unpleasant to listen to. And I write as someone who thinks Yellow is a great song.

yumyum - 22 Oct 2018 07:35:14 (#7 of 52)

The whole score to Out of Africa is excellent, if you like good film music. Dr Z doesn't do it for me.

Tenesmus - 22 Oct 2018 07:36:05 (#8 of 52)

I had a week of it while manning a stall at a methodist chapel. It was like having a daytime TV donkey sanctuary advert on a loop.

Catspyjamas17 - 22 Oct 2018 07:37:20 (#9 of 52)

I don't mind a dose of Classic FM. I started listening at university and have learned a lot about classical music from there. It's a starter for ten.

SheikYerbouti - 22 Oct 2018 07:40:00 (#10 of 52)

The problem is, one also learns a lot about stairlifts and life assurance policies, and I can do without that.

browserbutton - 22 Oct 2018 07:40:27 (#11 of 52)

Also enough Lark Ascending already.

RosyLovelady - 22 Oct 2018 07:48:07 (#12 of 52)

Aargh, damn right.

Tadagee - 22 Oct 2018 08:19:37 (#13 of 52)

What is it with Classic FM and that bloody lark.

Shadrack22 - 22 Oct 2018 08:20:55 (#14 of 52)

I write as someone who thinks Yellow is a great song.

Updates dossier.

invicta - 22 Oct 2018 08:25:52 (#15 of 52)

What is it with Classic FM and that bloody lark

It's a lovely piece of music and the listeners like it. HTH.

There is a very interesting discussion to be had over the nature of music. Looking back at the c.20th it looks like fillum music became ‘classical’ music at some point (possibly when Schoenberg and the second Viennese school got all unnecessary).

It's more likely to be the Second World War. Patriotic composers looking to do their bit by offering their services to tub thumping films. Vaughan Williams did at least four, one of which ended up being adapted into a symphony.

Delighted_User - 22 Oct 2018 08:34:18 (#16 of 52)

I think it was Friedrich Torberg, with his peerless collection of anecdotes from the European diaspora in the US during/following WWII, who relates that a movie mogul was informed that he should try to recruit Schoenberg to write music for his films. He had no idea who he was, but that didn't prevent him from inviting him for a meeting and greeting him with, "Great to meet you, Mr Schoenberg, I'm a big fan of your lovely music." Schoenberg replied, "I do not write lovely music!" and stormed out.

TRaney - 22 Oct 2018 08:39:17 (#17 of 52)

There’s plenty of that plink plink stuff in 50s movies.

Agaliarept - 22 Oct 2018 08:40:55 (#18 of 52)

Post #1 pretty much sums it up for me. I find it a very good anti road rage remedy when I'm driving.

Dubris - 22 Oct 2018 08:45:09 (#19 of 52)

I've learned a lot about classical music listening to Radio 3. Classic FM never troubles my radio.

TRaney - 22 Oct 2018 08:45:16 (#20 of 52)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b087q1x7

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