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Sogogi110
08-03-16, 12:49 AM
Hi

Although I can feel elated by some late 20th century works (to me Gorecki's 3rd symphony is close to addictive), I wonder why in our age of extreme comfort, so many composers since Arvo Pärt became famous, write works that enhance anxiety, anguish and gloom ; are there optimistic, enlightening works or composers I may have missed ? I've tried Penderecki, Rautavaara, and many things quoted on this forum but I still find very little material that is so "light-hearted" and "invigorating" as what was produced in Haendel's times when Death wa a daily occurence. Pardon my question if it sounds stupid, I'm quite an ignoramus in Classical Music.If the question has already been asked, please tell me in what sub-forum I can read about it, and I'll delete this thread. Thank you all.

davidh777
08-03-16, 02:26 AM
Howard Hanson is considered pretty optimistic. It's not Handel, but it's in a 19th-century Romantic style.

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Supermallet
08-03-16, 12:37 PM
Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians" always felt very uplifting to me.

What about Gershwin?

davidh777
08-03-16, 01:01 PM
Or Copland

Hokeyboy
08-03-16, 02:52 PM
Hamlisch

Ky-Fi
08-03-16, 10:27 PM
I'm so ignorant of classical music---I have a several pieces that I'm quite fond of (from Tchaikovsky, Rimski-Korsakov, Beethoven) but I have no context to put them into. I need to study more.

Hokeyboy
08-03-16, 11:18 PM
I'm so ignorant of classical music---I have a several pieces that I'm quite fond of (from Tchaikovsky, Rimski-Korsakov, Beethoven) but I have no context to put them into. I need to study more.
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Ash Ketchum
08-04-16, 04:56 AM
Ennio Morricone's jauntier scores might be labeled "optimistic," e.g. THE BURGLARS, A FINE PAIR, MY NAME IS NOBODY, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and some of the themes excerpted on the From Ennio Morricone with Love series of CDs.


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