Friday, March 30, 2018

Classical Works: Top 100

Classical: Top 100 All-Time Works (3/29/2018)

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 is an aggregate of more than 30 classical-music-focused, best-of lists. Here’s the top classical works (which includes operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) according to the DMDB.


Composer…Name of Work (year of premiere)
1. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808)
2. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 7 in A major (1812)
3. Antonio Vivaldi...The Four Seasons (1725)
4. George Friedrich Handel...Messiah (1741)
5. Johann Sebastian Bach...Goldberg Variations (1741)
6. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 9 in D minor (“Choral”) (1824)
7. Antonin Dvorak...Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”) (1893)
8. Igor Stravinsky...The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre Du Printemps) (1913)
9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Piano Concertos (27) (1784-1786)
10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Requiem Mass in D minor (1791)

11. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor (1874)
12. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”) (1893)
13. Johann Sebastian Bach...Brandenburg Concertos (6) (1721)
14. Johann Sebastian Bach...6 Cello Suites (6) (1717-23)
15. Ludwig van Beethoven...Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”) (1808)
16. Richard Wagner...The Ring Cycle (Der Ring Des Nibelungen) (1874)
17. Ludwig van Beethoven...Violin Concerto in D major (1806)
18. Georges Bizet...Carmen (1875)
19. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 4 in E minor (1885)
20. Giuseppe Verdi...Requiem Mass (Messa Da Requiem) (1874)

21. Richard Wagner...Tristan Und Isolde (1859)
22. Edward Elgar…Cello Concerto in E minor (1919)
23. Hector Berlioz...Symphonie Fantastique (1830)
24. Carl Orff…Carmina Burana (1936)
25. Béla Bartók...Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
26. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky...The Nutcracker Suite (1891)
27. Ludwig van Beethoven…Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major (“Emperor”) (1809)
28. Felix Mendelssohn…Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)
29. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart…The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote) (1791)
30. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)

31. Ludwig van Beethoven…Symphony No. 3 in E-flat (“Eroica”) (1804)
32. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Don Giovani (1787)
33. Franz Liszt...Piano Sonata in B minor (1853)
34. Aaron Copland...Appalachian Spring (1944)
35. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Symphony No. 41 in C major (“Jupiter”) (1788)
36. Claude Debussy…La Mer (1905)
37. Johann Pachelbel…Canon in D major (1694)
38. Sergey Rachmaninov...Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1901)
39. Richard Strauss…Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)
40. Ludwig van Beethoven…Piano Sonatas (32) (1795-1922)

41. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Clarinet Concerto in A major (1791)
42. Johann Sebastian Bach...Mass in B Minor (1749)
43. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) (1786)
44. Ludwig van Beethoven…String Quartets (16) (1798-1826)
45. Johann Sebastian Bach...St. Matthew Passion (1727)
46. Gustav Holst…The Planets (1919)
47. Gabriel Fauré…Requiem in D minor (1900)
48. Antonin Dvorák…Cello Concerto in B minor (1895)
49. Giacomo Puccini…Turandot (1926)
50. Modest Mussorgsky...Pictures at an Exhibition (Tableaux d'une Exposition) (1874)

51. Claudio Monteverdi...Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (Vespro Della Beata Vergine) (1610)
52. Igor Stravinsky…Petrusha (Pétrouchka) (1947)
53. Dmitri Shostakovich...Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
54. Sergey Rachmaninov...Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (1909)
55. Franz Schubert...Piano Quintet in A major (“Trout”) (1819)
56. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
57. Johann Sebastian Bach…Toccato and Fugue for Organ in D minor (1708)
58. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Swan Lake (1876)
59. Giacomo Puccini...La Bohème (1896)
60. Giacomo Puccini...Tosca (1900)

61. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902)
62. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1876)
63. Edvard Grieg…Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1875)
64. Claude Debussy…Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude L'Apres Midi d'un Faune) (1894)
65. Gustav Mahler…Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902)
66. Franz Schubert...Symphony No. 8 in B minor (“Unfinished”) (1822)
67. Igor Stravinsky...The Firebird (L’Oiseau de Feu) (1910)
68. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1878)
69. George Friedrich Händel...Water Music Suites Nos. 1-3 for Orchestra (1717)
70. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…1812 Overture (1878)

71. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart...Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)
72. Béla Bartók...String Quartets (1908-39)
73. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky…Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
74. Maurice Ravel…Boléro (1928)
75. Gustav Mahler…Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) (1894)
76. Johannes Brahms…Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
77. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov… Scheherazade (1960)
78. Felix Mendelssohn…A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842)
79. Johannes Brahms… Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (1881)
80. Franz Schubert…Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) (1828)

81. Giacchino Rossini…The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) (1816)
82. Sergei Prokofiev…Romeo and Juliet (1935)
83. Henryk Górecki… Symphony No. 3 (“Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”) (1976)
84. Franz Schubert… String Quartet in C major (1828)
85. Edward Elgar…Enigma Variations (1899)
86. Maurice Ravel… String Quartet in F major (1903)
87. Johannes Brahms…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1877)
88. Franz Schubert… Winterreise (1827)
89. Giuseppe Verdi…Rigoletto (1851)
90. Giacomo Puccini…Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly) (1904)

91. Giuseppe Verdi…Aida (1871)
92. Dmitri Shostakovich… String Quartet No. 8 in C minor (1960)
93. Giuseppe Verdi…La Traviata (1853)
94. Claude Debussy…Images (1907)
95. Gustav Mahler… Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909)
96. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major (1915)
97. Arnold Schoenberg…Verklärte Nacht (1899)
98. Alban Berg…Violin Concerto (1935)
99. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky …Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888)
100. Gustav Mahler… Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) (1888)


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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