I just wanted to share something with the group. Listening to music for me is more than just enjoyment. Since I am a classical musician, and have performed many pieces of music, sometimes listening goes beyond the mere enjoyment factor - it reminds me of a performance I did, or a moment I've had in my life.
I just finished listening to the most difficult work I have ever performed, and the greatest work I have ever performed - The Beethoven Missa Solmenis. If you are not familiar with it, it may be because it is rarely performed because of its difficulty. The fugues are ridiculous to perform, the tessitura for the singer is RIDICULOUS. We practiced most of it down an entire octave due to the great high range required. I was delighted to perform the work in (I believe) 2000 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As their last performance at the Academy of Music (Before the Kimmel Center opened) they decided that the last performance at the venue would be the Missa Solemnis - a fitting exit. It was conducted by Wolfgang Sawalich, and it was amazing.
Listening this morning, I was transformed back to the performance - the beginning movement where Beethoven takes the word Amen to a new height. The second movement - my favorite - the Gloria, where the choir takes the word high, loud, and sustained to new heights, and the end where it goes from the meter of 3/4 to 3/8 - a masterful genius move. The Credo movement that has the most ridiculous fugue. The Sanctus with an outstanding violin solo, with vocal solo work that is to die for, and the Dona Nobis Pacem - with the most ridiculous orchestral modulation section I have ever experienced played live. I still have goose bumps.