Musical Interlude: OTE’s First Favorite Melody Invitational

December 8th, 2013 at 12:27 am

It’s extremely hard, if not impossible, to identify your favorite melody from your favorite composer, but for me, this one gets awfully close.  It’s from Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade, Andante Grazioso.  It begins at 1:21, introduced by the flute.  Note also the incredibly sublime, yet so simple, descending counterpoint line in the background at 1:32.  Then, a subtle key change and the oboe picks it up.

The cycle comes back at 3:41, but reversed–this time, the oboe goes first.  And again, that descending counterpoint at 3:52 gives me chills every time, and I’ve been listening to this piece for at least 40 years.

I know—choosing your favorite melody like this is like choosing your favorite child.  But why don’t you give it a try?

Identify one or more of your favorite classical melodies, then in the comments’ section, supply the link and the timing of when it starts, and I’ll post them all for a future musical interlude.

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3 comments in reply to "Musical Interlude: OTE’s First Favorite Melody Invitational"

  1. Dilip says:

    I always like to link to this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz-MTrlIG_8

    In fact my attraction to this piece is more at the layman’s level. I don’t understand music the way you do (that way you describe it makes me want to listen to everything you post about), so I would actually be interested in finding out what you think about the aforementioned piece.


  2. Joan Huffer says:

    So many to choose from!
    There’s a glorious melody at 1:54 in the Schubert’s C Major String Quintet.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1CTu1HOgWg

    The melody at the beginning of the second movement of Beethoven’s Op. 18 String quartet is one of his most haunting.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfrC6C_hM7s

    Then there’s the transporting melody from the Pie Jesu in Faure Requiem.
    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=piu+jesu+faure+requiem&sm=3


  3. Nick Kasprak says:

    How about the entire first movement of Brahms’ opus 8 trio? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnMP_lIOjjs


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