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Monday, May 2, 2011

Classical Works – Top 50

Originally posted as a top 10 on the DMDB Facebook page on 2/21/10. Expanded to a top 50 on 5/2/11. List is an aggregate of 14 other best-of lists whose focus is on classical music. Here’s the top classical works (which includes operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) according to the DMDB:

1. Johann Sebastian Bach...Goldberg Variations (1741)
2. Igor Stravinsky...The Rite of Spring (1913)
3. Antonio Vivaldi...The Four Seasons (1725)
4. George Friedrich Handel...Messiah (1741)
5. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Piano Concerto No. 1 (1874)
6. Ludwig van Beethoven...Violin Concerto in D Major (1806)
7. Johann Sebastian Bach...6 Cello Suites (1723)
8. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 5 (1808)
9. Johann Sebastian Bach...Brandenburg Concertos (1721)
10. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 9 (1824)

11. Ludwig van Beethoven...Piano Concerto No. 5 (1809)
12. Mario Lanza...The Student Prince (1954)
13. George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, and Dubose Heyward...Porgy and Bess (1935)
14. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Piano Concerto No. 20 (1785)
15. Bela Bartok...Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
16. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 7 (1812)
17. Modest Mussorgsky...Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)
18. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Symphony No. 6 (1893)
19. Richard Wagner...Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (1874)
20. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Requiem (1791)

21. Richard Wagner...Tristan Und Isolde (1859)
22. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Don Giovani (1787)
23. Antonin Dvorak...Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”) (1893)
24. Georges Bizet...Carmen (1875)
25. Antonin Dvorak...Cello Concerto in B Minor (1895)
26. Johann Sebastian Bach...Mass in B Minor (1749)
27. Aaron Copland...Appalachian Spring (1944)
28. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 40 (1788)
29. Giuseppe Verdi...Requiem Mass (1874)
30. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”) (1788)

31. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Piano Concerto No. 21 (1785)
32. Ludwig van Beethoven...Piano Sonata No. 14 (“Moonlight”) (1798)
33. Franz Schubert...Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) (1865)
34. Sergei Rachmaninov...Piano Concerto No. 3 (1909)
35. Andrea Bocelli...Romanza (1997)
36. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Le Nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”) (1786)
37. George Gershwin...An American in Paris (1951)
38. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”) (1808)
39. Giacomo Puccini...La Boheme (1896)
40. Hector Berlioz...Symphonie Fantastique (1830)

41. George Friedrich Handel...Water Music (1717)
42. Claudio Monteverdi...Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
43. Ludwig van Beethoven...Piano Concerto No. 3 (1800)
44. Dmitri Shostakovich...Symphony No. 5 (1937)
45. Igor Stravinsky...L’Oiseau de Feu (“The Firebird”) (1910)
46. Bela Bartok...The String Quartets (1939)
47. John Williams…Star Wars (1977)
48. Gioacchino Rossini...Il Barbiere di Siviglia (“The Barber of Seville”) (1816)
49. Ludwig van Beethoven...Piano Sonata No. 23 (“Appassionata”) (1805)
50. Franz Liszt...Piano Sonata in B Minor (1853)

Note: names are those of the composers. Years are when the work premiered.


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