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    The Most Beautiful Music
    This is in response to the 'Saddest Song' thread. Beauty has a wealth of definition, meaning different things to different people for different reasons, but perhaps you'd care to nominate the most beautiful song or piece of instrumental music you've ever heard. My first nominations (in Classical genre):
    Le Cleu (The Bluebird - Villiers Stanford) sung by Swingle II
    Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart) sung by Swingle Singers or K-C-Cambridge Choir
    Miserere Mei, Deus (Allegri) sung by K-C-Cambridge Choir

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    Have you actually got a copy of Bluebird by Swingles, or do you knowwhwre I can get one, if so please please please let me know

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    One of my all-time favorites is:

    Boccherini La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid No. 6, Op. 30

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    i would not normally listen to this type of format but my thinking stuff done by Cloud Cult is fine enough to warrant a notice. i posted this below too.

    specifically the album "Meaning of 8" the tunes:
    "Step Forward"
    "Chain Reaction"

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    Sigur Rˇs!

    Anything by them I love them

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    Is this specific to Classical music?
    If not - I'd like to mention 'A Day in the Life' by the Beatles. I love how the string sections builds and builds into a climax, and I love the lyrics to the song. My favourite part about the song is the fact that Lennon had a song that he hadn't finished, then Paul waltz's in with a little bit that he'd written to try and turn into summat - they combined the two to make one of the best songs ever! Gotta be up there with the best of em!

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    Classical Music, I'd have to say anything buy Debussy.

    Other music, Black Bird by the Beatles. Also, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueMac View Post
    Also, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.
    As much as Stairway to Heaven is a great song, it's not their best song.

    I'm a fan of "A Song For Milly Michaelson" by Thrice. Listen to it here. It may sound sad but if you listen to lyrics, it's quite amazing.
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    Maybe a little less "beautiful" then some people think, but Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins always gives me shivers.
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    Ave Maria by Bach, super old school .

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    Debussy is not classical music It's impressionism. But yea, far too much music to pick "the most beautiful." Lately I've been on a huge Blind Melon kick, except there's been a steady dose of ambient black metal in there too. I love some Enslaved.

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    lots of good stuf fhere, have to agree with Calciumee on Sigur Ros, some truely stunning music there.

    i do have a number of favorite instrumental pieces (shock) that i think are "beautiful".

    Vivaldi's concerto in D for guitar (maybe one of my favorite pieces of music ever)
    ave maria, by just about anyone
    ivy and neet by this mortal coil
    bach's air in D
    much of soul whirling somewhere's music, especially the first album, and most specifically the first track one of these days some eyes will be opened
    Yann Tierssen's music on the Amelie soundtrack
    many of moby's quiet instrumental pieces are very nice too

    and of course, not all of the songs i love that i consider "beautiful" would be instrumental only. a few of the ones with vocals:

    morning has broken by cat stevens
    iron and wine's cover of the postal service's such great heights
    holland by sufjan stevens
    day after day by badfinger
    the piano version of hooverphonic's eden
    aspenglow by john denver
    atlanta by stone temple pilots
    procol harum's whiter share of pale

    could come up with a bunch more if i really dug through my collection or took some real time to think about it...
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    Well I have a few I find beautiful for different reasons.

    Oh Yeah - Taxiride
    As Long As I Am - Paul Mac/Luke Steele
    Una Notte E Forse Mai Piu - Eiffel 65
    High - Lighthouse Family

    And some instrumental pieces:

    Postcards From Far Away - Coldplay
    Rebel Heart - The Corrs
    Nocturne - Billy Joel
    Song For Guy - Elton John

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    Quote Originally Posted by December View Post
    Maybe a little less "beautiful" then some people think, but Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins always gives me shivers.
    I'm with you on that one. Great song. I'm not sure if many would classify it as beautiful though (beauty is subjective though).
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    The 1987 movie 'Less Than Zero' contains the most beautiful instrumental
    piece I've ever heard.

    You can hear bits of it throughout the movie, but it plays for around one minute straight towards the end, when Andrew McCarthy & Jami Gertz discover that Robert Downey Jr. has died of a drug overdose.

    I've been trying to find this music for years.

    Also, if it was up to me, this film would be 'required' viewing for all 11th grade high school students.

    It's a dark & dreary film that you want to turn off, but can't.


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