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What sends shivers down your spine?

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What sends shivers down your spine?

Postby Dave » Sat 4 Dec 2004 19:24 GMT

Someone (not sure who now) claimed that music was the most immediate of the arts because it seized the emotions in a way that the visual arts can't.

There are certain bits of music - just a couple of bars in a song, the odd hook, or a particular classical piece - that really make my spine tingle. I'm thinking of things like:
    the intro to "Money For Nothing"
    Variation XVII from Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini"
    the title track from "Welcome To The Pleasuredome" (fantastic for urban motorway driving)
    Clair De Lune by Debussy
    the instrumental break in "I'm Mandy, Fly Me"
    the outro to "All I Want Is You" by U2
    the last few bars of "Innuendo" by Queen

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Postby Graeme » Sat 4 Dec 2004 20:45 GMT

The opening bars of "Phantom of the Opera"; the whole of Lakme: Flower duet (Delibes); Bruch's 1st violin concerto in G minor, op 26; the Dies Irae from Verdi's requiem; and "Kismet" as performed by Bond (on the cd Born). I can't even begin to name the more modern rock tunes that get me going but any Queen track, Zeplin, Cream, Sabbath, even Coldplay can start me off.
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Postby CustomStrat » Sat 4 Dec 2004 21:04 GMT

The opening clarinet line and first few bars in Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"; nothing evokes New York City more clearly.

The flute parts of "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun."

The oboe intro to "Le Sacre du Printemps."

Wagner's "Siegfreid's Funeral Music" (or maybe I've just seen Excalibur too many times...)

Both "Lenny" and "Riviera Paradise"; the jazzy instrumental tracks from Stevie Ray Vaughan's first and last albums. They're almost like eloquent delicate bookends to all the rowdy electric blues in between.
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Postby Mike » Sun 19 Dec 2004 04:04 GMT

Mark Knopfler's "Going Home" - theme from Local Hero.

I can't tell you why - it just does.

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Postby Savannah_Alan » Sun 19 Dec 2004 06:06 GMT

Albinoni's adagio.

The introduction to Oscar Peterson's rendition of Georgia.

"Chi Mai" by Ennio Morricone (The theme to "The life and times of Lloyd George")

My late Father's solo while playing "One note samba" in a particular recording I have of him in the eighties.
I know you guys don't have access to this but it sure sends a shiver down my spine! (My Dad was a professional pianist of amazing ability).

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Postby quine » Mon 10 Jan 2005 03:10 GMT

Favourite group Abba

Anything sung by Peter Karre but especially "The Prayer" from Les Miserables. He played the role of Jean Valjean for 3 years.

All of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music but especially "Memory" from Cats.

Massed pipes and drums playing "Scotland the Brave"

Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"

A mixed selection I admit but I really like most music although I don't have much time for some of today's efforts!
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Postby chris01 » Tue 28 Jun 2005 12:49 GMT

the song that sends shivers down my spine is "the eve of the war",the war of the worlds.
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