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Top Ten Pieces of Music Written Before 1900
Me ^ | 12-05-01 | Pharmboy

Posted on 12/05/2001 7:02:28 PM PST by Pharmboy

Ask the question this way: If you were stranded on a desert island with a CD player and a good sound system, what ten pieces would you take with you that were written before the 20th Century?

My list:
1) Beethoven's Appassionata sonata for piano
2) Bach's Partita Number 2 for solo violin
3) Mozart's Symphony Number 41
4) Wagner's Overture to Tristan und Isolde
5) Beethoven's String Quartet Opus 131
6) Chopin's Ballade Number 4
7) Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (IMO the only worthwhile thing he ever wrote)
8) Schubert's Impromptus (all of them)
9) Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata
and 10) Bach's Mass in B Minor


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I just don't tire of listening to the above. I have always been impressed with Freeper taste and have an open mind and am willing to learn (I also expect to get several good suggestions for CDs to buy myself for the Holidays).
1 posted on 12/05/2001 7:02:28 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
Some good choices there, especially Bach's "Mass in D Minor." which is one of my favorites as well. Here are mine:

Monterverdi - Vespers of 1610

Mozart - Don Giovanni

Handel - Water Music & Music for Royal Fireworks

Bach - Brandenburg Concertos

Mozart - Le Nozze de Figaro

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

Wagner - Ring Cycle

Bach - Mass in D Minor

Beethoven - Ninth Symphony

Mozart - Requiem Mass

2 posted on 12/05/2001 7:12:20 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Pharmboy
Brahm's German Requiem

Beethoven's Ode to Joy

The Celtic folk song "Gary Owen"

Pacabel Canon

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Anything by Chopin

3 posted on 12/05/2001 7:13:50 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: Pharmboy
Much more standard tastes for me, I'm afraid.

1) Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
2) Handel's Messiah
3) Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
4) Pachelbel's Canon
5) Handel's Watermusic
6) Puccini's Turandot
7) Bach's Jesu, the Joy of Man's Desiring
8) Bizet's Carmen
9) Bach's Brandenburg Concerto # 3
10)Verdi's Requiem

4 posted on 12/05/2001 7:15:46 PM PST by denydenydeny
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To: Pharmboy
I'm not a classical fan; most pre-1900 music is not my style. However, Greensleeves is my favorite Christmas music.
Running a close second is "Cantique de Noel".

I love the Mannheim Steamroller versions of these tunes.

5 posted on 12/05/2001 7:16:23 PM PST by petuniasevan
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To: SamAdams76
Doh! How could I forget Mozart's Requiem? You are sooo right.

I guess the Violin Concerto gets bounced. Do me a favor, Sam, tell Tchaikovsky the news...

6 posted on 12/05/2001 7:16:46 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
albinoni's adagio in g (?) major.
7 posted on 12/05/2001 7:18:13 PM PST by johnboy
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To: Pharmboy
Too bad Gustav Holst's work was in the early 1900s. Anyway, Sousa! Just about 30 years, 1872 or 3, 'til another 30 years in the 20th Century. He had to write the Inauguration Music, and the Funeral Music, for President Garfield in 1881.
8 posted on 12/05/2001 7:18:26 PM PST by real saxophonist
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To: Pharmboy
I have to go with the more "pop classics", if you can call them that:

- Lizst's Hungarian Rhapsody #2
- Beethoven's 9th - 2nd movement
- Handel's Water Music
- Rossini's Thieving Magpie Overture
- Bizet's Carmen Suite
- Wagner's Ride of the Valkyrie
- Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite
- Beethoven's 5th Symphony in its entirety
- Johann Strauss's Blue Danube waltz
- Julia Ward Howe's Battle Hymn of the Republic
9 posted on 12/05/2001 7:19:22 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: denydenydeny
It is hard to argue with many of your choices; personally, I just think that some of the greatest pieces ever written (Ludwig's Number 9, for instance) are played soo much that they've taken themselves out of this realm. Pachabel's Canon is in the same category, IMO. I remember the first time I heard that...it was like "Where have you been all my life?"
10 posted on 12/05/2001 7:20:06 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
ALL the best music was written before 1900 :-)
11 posted on 12/05/2001 7:20:15 PM PST by T'wit
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To: Pharmboy
When was the theme to the TV Series "The Rat Patrol" written. It's got to qualify ;-)
12 posted on 12/05/2001 7:21:18 PM PST by Registered
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To: Pharmboy
Think big...

  1. La Traviata
  2. La Boheme
  3. Tosca
  4. Lucia di Lammermoor
  5. Aida
  6. Lohengrin
  7. Jussi Bjorling's Greatest Hits
  8. Scottish Fantasia, Max Bruch
  9.  Symphony #9, Antonin Dvorak
10.  Symphony #6, Tchaikovsky
 

America's Fifth Column ... watch PBS documentary JIHAD! In America
Download 8 Mb zip file here (50 minute video)

14 posted on 12/05/2001 7:24:36 PM PST by JCG
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To: denydenydeny
Bach's Jesu, the Joy of Man's Desiring

concur. also, now that i think about it, and in a similar vein ... let's see. schuberts ave maria, sheep may safely graze, panis angelicus (franch?), o mio babbino caro (sp?) by puccini, pueri concinte by ??hmm, and perhaps handel's largo from xerxes (sp?), oh, too, the second movement from ???, y'know, in the hall of the mountain kings, and all that.

15 posted on 12/05/2001 7:25:25 PM PST by johnboy
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To: Pharmboy
Bump and bookmark. Thank you. (I cop out. I can't add anything for fear of omitting so much else. I love it all except the easy listening (usually) barogue pap played on my local classical radio station.)
16 posted on 12/05/2001 7:25:48 PM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: Registered
lol. rat patrol.
17 posted on 12/05/2001 7:26:20 PM PST by johnboy
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To: Pharmboy
How could you leave out:

Mozart's Requiem Mass
Beethoven's Symphony #7
Any of Chopin's Nocturnes
Wagner's Overture to Der Meistersinger von Nuremburg.
"Turkey in the straw" by Stephen Foster

Just joking there at the end.
18 posted on 12/05/2001 7:26:22 PM PST by Antoninus
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To: real saxophonist
John Phillip is for sure da man! The Washington Post, The Thunderer and El Capitan were all written before 1900. JPS deserves a special honorable mention.
19 posted on 12/05/2001 7:26:30 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
I'd take the whole Tristan und Isolde, and I'd take Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Wagner's Der Ring der Nibelungen, Tosca, Salome by Richard Strauss, Beethoven's sonatas and symphonies--well, you're taking all of Schubert's impromptus. And if you're going to play that way, I'm going to take all of Puccini's operas, all of Verdi's, all of Wagner's, and everything that Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Handel, Vivaldi, Chopin wrote.

I feel so soothed just thinking about it.

--The Beast

20 posted on 12/05/2001 7:26:33 PM PST by Savage Beast
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To: Antoninus
Check out above about the Requiem. I agree. And, I couldn't decide on my Wagner choice between the Overture to the Meistersinger and the Overture to Tristan. I finally decided on Tristan, but you are also correct...IMO
22 posted on 12/05/2001 7:29:30 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Chi-townChief
Thank you for your last nomination, the Battle Hymn of the Republic. I was savoring it too, but it was so far off the list, I doubted that it would come up. Yet... performed well... it has more emotional power -- goosebumps! -- than anything else mentioned, except perhaps Ode to Joy. It ought to be our national anthem.
23 posted on 12/05/2001 7:29:36 PM PST by T'wit
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To: Revolting cat!
I tape New Years in Vienna on PBS every January 1st for the beautiful Strauss family waltzes and the panoramas of Vienna at holiday time.
24 posted on 12/05/2001 7:30:40 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Pharmboy
> I guess the Violin Concerto gets bounced.

You put that right back and bump something else!! :-)

25 posted on 12/05/2001 7:31:02 PM PST by T'wit
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To: Savage Beast
I guess I know where you get your name from...LOL! How clever of you...
26 posted on 12/05/2001 7:31:09 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
Good choices. I would have to have some Mahler. His 9th is from 1910, is that close enough?
27 posted on 12/05/2001 7:31:49 PM PST by ecurbh
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To: Pharmboy
Was Mahler after 1900? If he was, I'll take everything Liszt wrote--especially the Liszt Sonata (but I don't think there's a recording of it--what do I do in that case?) --SB
28 posted on 12/05/2001 7:32:01 PM PST by Savage Beast
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To: johnboy
Well, we have two votes for Bach's Jesu, the Joy of Man's Desiring already. You folks have just given me my first Christmas present to myself...Virgin Records in Times Square tomorrow.
29 posted on 12/05/2001 7:33:04 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: ecurbh
Yep--Mahler's Ninth is great. There is also a Bruckner Symphony (I can't remember precisely which one, but I think it's in D) that's quite good.
30 posted on 12/05/2001 7:35:18 PM PST by Pharmboy
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My taste is mostly in rock/punk/alternative, but of the few clasical tapes i play:

Bach -
 Brandenburg
 Toccatta & Fugue
 Air on the G string
 Jesu, joy of man's desiring.

Beethoven -
  Ninth Sym.
  Seventh Sym.

31 posted on 12/05/2001 7:36:41 PM PST by dread78645
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To: JCG
I'm not a big opera fan, but I did see that documentary from an earlier post of yours. Very frightening...
32 posted on 12/05/2001 7:37:24 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
Sadly parodied so often in cartoons and such, Strauss's "Blue Danube" is still one of the most beautiful pieces ever written.
33 posted on 12/05/2001 7:37:52 PM PST by Northpaw
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To: dread78645
Dread, I think Kurdt Cobain was in the top 5 musical geniuses of the 20th century, so I imagine we share some favorites. May I respectfully recommend Mozart's Requiem (the last piece he ever wrote). Treat yourself.
34 posted on 12/05/2001 7:39:36 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
My MY! What an un-PC list! All this music was written by "Dead White European Males."

I'am sure you have offended the East-Asian-African-Pacific-Islander-My-Dog's-Better-Cause-he's-Fed-Kenelration-American CROWD!

By the way....my vote is for:

Pachabel's Canon in D Major.

35 posted on 12/05/2001 7:40:03 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Pharmboy
Pre- 1900?

The first Ozzy l.p.?

36 posted on 12/05/2001 7:42:02 PM PST by Doctor Doom
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To: SkyPilot
LOL!! Now that you mention it, that flute-like instrument played by the Andes natives is pretty good stuff. And, I'm sure it qualifies by dates. And, SkyPilot, where are the ladies??
37 posted on 12/05/2001 7:42:39 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Doctor Doom
I was thinking Aerosmith perhaps...but I think their first recording was in 1912.
38 posted on 12/05/2001 7:43:52 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
FREEBIRD!!!!!!!!

Oh...sorry, I mis-read the question.

Most of the winners have been mentioned...I guess I would echo Beethoven's 9th, Tchiakovsky's "1812 Overture", and Handel's Water Music.

I'll also add Ravel's "Bolero" just to be different...

39 posted on 12/05/2001 7:44:14 PM PST by Chief Inspector Clouseau
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To: SamAdams76
Pretty good musical taste and choice, I stay mostly with anything by Bach and Mozart, could live without anything else.
40 posted on 12/05/2001 7:44:48 PM PST by Anticommie
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To: Pharmboy
Mozart: Requiem
Tchaikovsky: 6th Symphony
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Beethoven: Wellington's Victory
Chopin: Ballades (for piano)(esp. #1)
Britten: Ceremony of Carols (really 20th century, but based on Medieval texts and GORGEOUS)
Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate
Mozart: Piano Sonatas
Mozart: Ave Verum
Brahms: German Requiem
41 posted on 12/05/2001 7:45:03 PM PST by MozartLover
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To: Chief Inspector Clouseau
In my high school during lunch, they played Ravel's Bolero every day for months at a time. Never figured out why. I still like it, though (the school was Brooklyn Technical High School in NY).
42 posted on 12/05/2001 7:47:20 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
Seriously, I vote Pachalbel and Mozart. Which ones? Any.

Until i'm in the mood for world conquest. Which is nightly. At which time it is time for the Valkyries to Ride.

43 posted on 12/05/2001 7:47:21 PM PST by Doctor Doom
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To: Pharmboy
I'm an incurable romantic, so let me toss in The Seasons by Glazunov, the Goyescas by Grandados (played by Alicia de Larrocha)(whether or not they were composed before 1900) and all of Gilbert and Sullivan. When you simply have to skip around the room, put on the second movement of the Second Piano Concerto by St. Saens.
44 posted on 12/05/2001 7:48:40 PM PST by T'wit
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To: Chief Inspector Clouseau
I'll also add Ravel's "Bolero" just to be different... Ms. Derek was right about one thing...
45 posted on 12/05/2001 7:48:58 PM PST by Doctor Doom
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To: ohioWfan
I am sure you're probably on here but ping anyway
46 posted on 12/05/2001 7:49:05 PM PST by lawgirl
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To: Pharmboy
bump for a later read!
47 posted on 12/05/2001 7:51:49 PM PST by technochick99
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To: MozartLover
Hmmm. A few votes for Brahm's German Requiem. I guess I'll have to go Here and listen to it. (Scroll a little more than halfway down the page).
48 posted on 12/05/2001 7:52:14 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: ecurbh
Ahhhh- Mahler! Moves me to tears every time!
I play the piano, Chopin's Etudes are my favorites.
Can I add classic Japanese koto music? Midori No Asa is beautiful, and ancient Celtic/Irish music is too.
Amazing Grace- or just about anything on bagpipes- is sublime.
49 posted on 12/05/2001 7:52:28 PM PST by ClearBlueSky
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To: Pharmboy
A little heavy on Beethoven,a little light on Mozart. As for #7....ROTFLMAO!
50 posted on 12/05/2001 7:53:47 PM PST by 1 FELLOW FREEPER
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