Skip to comments.Top Ten Pieces of Music Written Before 1900
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?
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
au contraire, sir, au contraire. i already nominated puccini with o mio babino caro, but after that? compared with some of the above? schuberts ave maria? jesu, joy of man's desiring? c'mon, man. time to break out the vinyl and give it a fresh listen.
(Contemporary of Mozart)
for what it's worth, i got into a respectful disagreement with someone last night about whether benefit or stand represented jethro tull's crowning achievement.
zz top and zamfir are next to each other in my collection. ugh.
Anyway, I like bambino caro and Ave Maria as much as the next guy does, but they're gonna wear thin after a few months, and something long, like La Boheme or something's gonna come in handy.
I'm not just crazy about Salome, but I fugure a year or so with it, and I might figure out what the hell Strauss was going on and on about.
By the way, I think I'll take Richard Strauss's complete works instead of Franz Liszt's.
P.S. I know I'm greedy. But there are worse things to be. And anyway, my mother always praised that as a virtue.
If you haven't heard Leontyne Price singing O Holy Night you're missing something. It's available at Amazon.com on an album entitled Christmas Adagios. Leontyne rocks!!
Merry Christmas, johnboy!
--The Savage--and easily soothed--Beast
I sound like I like the sad stuff, don't I? Maybe I could throw in a little Gilbert and Sullivan to keep my spirits up! LOL!
He definitely belongs in the 19th century, musically, and I should have added his Resurrection Symphony to my list. It's a killer!
Well, since you said ten pieces, I'm going to label entire masses, operas, volumes, etc. as a "pieces".
1)Bach - Mass in b moll
2)Bach - The Well Tempered Clavier
3)Bach - Goldberg Variations
4)Bach - Magnificat
5)Mozart - Mass in c moll
6)Mozart - Requiem
7)Beethoven - Mass
8)Schumann - Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42 9)Brahms - Deutche Requiem
10)Chopin - Concerto in e moll
YOU: Translation: It's Ravel's fault that we call being sexually aroused being horny?
Glad you jumped in the pool...
Lets not forget any of the transcribed tunes published in O'Neill's Music of Ireland.
Rachmaninoff"s 2nd Piano Concerto(no, wait, it premiered in 1901. Rats!)
Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis(There's one you won't hear every day.)
Carnival Overture by Dvorak
I can't pick just 10, so I think I will just bring my whole collection. It isn't very large(yet), only about 250 titles. When I get up to the thousands, then I will make a desert island list. Nyah!
2. Beethoven: Missa solemnis
3. Brahms: Motet, Es ist das heil uns kommen herr(sp?)
4.Mendelssohn: Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
5. Henry Purcell: "Hear my prayer, O Lord"
6. Bach: Fugue in D Major, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2
7. Beethoven: Symphony #9
8. Gabriel Faure: Requiem
9. Claude Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
10. Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele: Prologue
One doesn't really need to go past Bach to receive all the enrichment to the soul that music can provide.