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    Classical Goosebumps

    Ok so what pieces of classical music send chills down your spine or move you to tears? Even if it's just a brief instant, key change or phrase that you revisit time and again.

    I have a couple that get me everytime.
    The whole of Elgar's Nimrod and the opening of Handel's Zadok the priest. There are many other pieces I love but not many that reach inside and cause a reaction like these two can.
    Oh and Jerusalem. I'll add that quickly. :-)

    I know there are folks on here with a lot of experience of this so am looking forward to picking up some new pieces to goosebump to.
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    Bits of 'The Lark Ascending', bits of Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. Beethoven's Ninth, if I'm in the mood for grandness. Duruflé's Requiem.

    There will be other passing moments in favourites like Bach, Telemann and Haydn but I can't pinpoint them.

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    Nessun dorma. Or is that considered opera?

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    I like the 1st movement of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Nothing too much exotic in that I suppose.


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    St. Martin in the Fields performing Handel's Messiah.

    And listening to the beginning of Zadok the Priest always sends a chill up my spine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddy250 View Post
    The whole of Elgar's Nimrod and the opening of Handel's Zadok the priest. There are many other pieces I love but not many that reach inside and cause a reaction like these two can.
    I wrote my response before seeing your comment, and noticed that you mentioned Zadok the Priest as well. In fact, I am listening to Musica Sacra and a collection of Handel's coronation hymns right now, performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields -- similar to this.

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    One of my favourite pieces. Love listening to it on a summer's night with a thunder storm rolling in from the distance.

    Semper Ubi Sub Ubi

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    I'll be watching this thread closely, really need some classical music education.

    If I could recommend one piece it would be Ghershwins 'Rhapsody in blue' when the piano drops off and the wall of strings and solo clarinet begins ~ 10:40 it gives me the bumps..

    Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin: https://youtu.be/ynEOo28lsbc

    Pretty much anything by Rachmaninov is pretty cool too..concerto No.2 in particular.

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    Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. Also the Lark ascending and the 5th symphony by the same composer normally reduce me to jelly

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