Ask Salon97: Classical Music for Rock Fans

Dear Salon97, My dad is really into rock music but doesn’t listen to classical. What piece can I play for him to spark his interest? Sincerely, Out of Rock Dear Out of Rock: I usually recommend loud classical works that are heavy on percussion and brass to people who tend toward rock music (presuming I am unaware of their favorite bands and styles). First, load up a video of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” on

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Classical Music in Film: Wagner + Apocalypse Now

Today we begin a new series here at Salon97 on the role of classical music in cinema. Our first case study: Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” in the famous helicopter assault from Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. In his 1979 review of Apocalypse Now, Roger Ebert called the scene above “simply the greatest movie battle scene ever filmed.” I’m with him on that one and not because of its pacing, photography or that you could

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