Classical Music and Cinema: Beethoven and “Elephant”

The Moonlight Sonata is among the most recognized compositions by one of the most recognized composers. Filmmakers know this, so when they decide to use it, it’s not the musical counterpart to the hero getting out of bed (unless there’s a corpse in there with her) or buying a mop (unless it’s to stab a pursuing serial killer). The Moonlight Sonata (given name Piano Sonata No. 14) can’t help but call attention both to itself and

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Recommended Recording: Serenades for Strings

I’ve heard a number of recordings of Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. Many of them are very good. None, however, quite compares to this one. Recorded in 1984, this recording by the English String Orchestra isn’t new by any means. I usually like to highlight the latest and greatest, but sometimes you gotta give props to an old standby. The English String Orchestra plays these iconic works with complete ease, precision and emotion.

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