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05-04-2019, 06:16 AM
Definition of magnum opus

: a great work especially : the greatest achievement of an artist or writer, masterpiece.

You probably recognize magnum ("great") as a Latin word that shows up in altered forms in several English words, and perhaps you can also come up with a few that are related to opus ("work"). Magnitude, magnanimous, opulent, and operate are some obvious relations of the two. Magnum opus, which entered English in the late 18th century, retains the original Latin spelling and the literal meaning "great work." Although the term most often refers to literary productions, it has been used to describe many kinds of great works, including paintings, movies, construction projects, and even surgical techniques.


OKAY..we have a thread about Artists/Groups you cant stand , lets have one about the magnum opus of Artists/Groups that enrich our audio experience. :confused:

Feel free to disagree, let's stay civil. Prefer to keep replies to material that is actually available. (ie: NOT some Ethiopian sheep herders masterpiece that's only available "live" on a mountaintop.) :)

In our other thread, a wiki post called Peter Green's "Oh Well" his magnum opus.
One of my faves , The Temptations "Papa was a Rolling Stone" (12:05 version) was noted as theirs.
Santana ?? To me, it would be "Black Magic woman" (also a Peter Green composition)
Beach Boys ?? Good Vibrations ???
LVB's 9/4

You get the idea , what are your nominations :dont-know:

Kay Pirinha
05-06-2019, 11:45 PM
Yes - Close To The Edge :D:D:D

Best regards!

Edit: Perhaps I might substantiate. The album's title track, spanning the whole A side, shows important parallels with classical composition techniques. It is carefully and meticulously constructed like a sonata, resembling the work of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, especially his 7th symphony. The lyrics were heavily inspired by Hermann Hesse's novel Siddharta, hence far beyond the popular love-happiness-relationship-sensitivities themes.

This piece has been analyzed scientifically numerous times. Any other pop song that has been ennobled this way?

05-07-2019, 03:15 AM
This is a CD, not a single song. Solstice, recorded in December 1974. Ralph Towner leading a quartet filled out by Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, and Jon Christensen. They worked so well together and were so talented, the three Europeans became the de facto ECM house band.

Towner did illustrious work with Oregon and others before this and has done much since; some unbelievable CDs with Maria Pia De Vito, John Taylor and others, and terrific solo work on ECM and for soundtracks. But nothing as a leader quite matches these sides recorded in Oslo so long ago. This was my favorite recording for at least ten years.

05-07-2019, 06:57 AM
For a long time I was smitten by ... Le quattro stagioni https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fo...sons_(Vivaldi)

I went on a quest for the absolute BEST version. haven't heard all of her work , but after hearing Anne-Sophie Mutter's , the search stopped.


MAYBE this is why there is so much feeling in her interpretation :dont-know:

Personal life
In 1989, Mutter married her first husband, Detlef Wunderlich, with whom she had two children, Arabella and Richard. Wunderlich died of cancer in 1995.[7] She dedicated her 1999 recording, Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, to his memory.