Friday, August 31, 2018

Classical Works: Top 100

This was originally posted as a top 10 on the DMDB Facebook page on 2/21/10 and then expanded to a top 50 on 5/2/2011. This list was determined by an aggregate of more than 30 classical-music-focused, best-of lists combined with the works’ standings in the overall Dave’s Music Database. Here’s the top classical works (which includes operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) according to the DMDB. Note: most of these are considered “albums” based on their lengths. Those works noted with an asterisk (*) are shorter pieces and not considered album-length works.


Composer: Name of Work (year composition was finished)
1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (1741)
2. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1875)
3. Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (1725)
4. George & Ira Gershwin: An American in Paris (classical soundtrack, 10/4/51)
5. Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (1562)
6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (1717-23)
7. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (32) (1795-1822)
8. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
9. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (1808)
10. George Friedrich Handel: Messiah (1741)

11. Thomas Tallis: “Spem in Alium, Motet for 40 Voices” (1570) *
12. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (1812)
13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (1719-21)
14. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (1824)
15. Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (opera, 1607)
16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor (1733-1749)
17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos (27) (1773-1791)
18. Modest Mussorgsky: Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (1874)
19. George Friedrich Handel: Water Music (1717)
20. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (1809)

21. Georges Bizet: Carmen (opera, 1873-74)
22. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor (1791)
23. Johann Sebastian Bach “Toccato and Fugue for Organ in D minor” (1708) *
24. Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, 1913)
25. Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major (1806)
26. Johann Pachelbel “Canon in D major” (1694) *
27. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion (1736)
28. Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets (16) (1798-1826)
29. Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (opera, 1848-1874)
30. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (opera, 1787)

31. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale” (1808)
32. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Sinfonia Eroica” (1804)
33. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”) (1786)
34. Richard Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (opera, 1857-59)
35. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)
36. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (1788)
37. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1830)
38. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major (1791)
39. Béla Bartók: The String Quartets (1908-39)
40. Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)

41. Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (opera, 1816)
42. Giuseppe Verdi: Messa Da Requiem (Requiem Mass) (1874)
43. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (1885)
44. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote (“The Magic Flute”) (1791)
45. Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
46. Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”) (1822)
47. Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major (“Trout”) (1814)
48. Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor (1853)
49. Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1901)
50. Igor Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (aka “Petrushka”) (ballet, 1947)

51. Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème (opera, 1896, performed 2/1/1896)
52. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)
53. Giacomo Puccini: Tosca (opera, 1900)
54. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) (1884-88)
55. Antonin Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor (1895)
56. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909)
57. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”) (1893)
58. Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (1909)
59. Claude Debussy: La Mer (ballet, 1903-05)
60. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902)

61. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1876)
62. Igor Stravinsky: L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) (ballet, 1910)
63. Giuseppe Verdi: Aida (opera, 1871)
64. Franz Schubert: Winterreise (1827)
65. Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) (1828)
66. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (ballet, 1944)
67. Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
68. Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor (1919)
69. Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)
70. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: “1812 Overture” (1880)

71. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (1853)
72. Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C major (1828)
73. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) (1894)
74. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”) (1893)
75. Giacomo Puccini: Turandot (1926)
76. Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842)
77. Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1875)
78. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
79. Carl Orff…Carmina Burana (1936)
80. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major (1877)

81. Gabriel Fauré: Requiem in D minor (1900)
82. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
83. Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1851)
84. Alban Berg: Violin Concerto (1935)
85. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888)
86. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
87. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite (1891)
88. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1878)
89. Maurice Ravel: “Boléro” (1928) *
90. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (1876)

91. Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (1881)
92. Gustav Holst: The Planets (1919)
93. Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (1899)
94. Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major (1903)
95. Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (1935)
96. Giacomo Puccini: Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly) (1904)
97. Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major (1915)
98. Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude L'Apres Midi d'un Faune) (1894)
99. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902)
100. Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (1899)


1 comment:

  1. Great top! When I write college essay I always listen to classical music for inspiration. Most of these songs are known to me and many of them are loved.

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