Friday, August 31, 2018

Classical Works: Top 100

First posted 2/21/2010; updated 9/4/2020.

Classical:

The Top 100 Works

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.

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Composer Name of Work (year composition was finished)
2. Act Album (year)
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, 1951)
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 (Orpheus) (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” (1811)

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. Sergei Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1901)
50. Igor Stravinsky Pétrouchka (aka “Petrushka”) (ballet, 1911)

51. Giacomo Puccini La Bohème (The Bohemian Life) (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. Sergei 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)


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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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