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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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To: Pharmboy
two great classical sites:

81 posted on 12/05/2001 8:20:24 PM PST by Big Guy and Rusty 99
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To: Chi-townChief
The Thieving Magpies. My Dad has a music box that plays that. It's wonderful. I may have to look for that on CD. Any particular recording you would recommend?
82 posted on 12/05/2001 8:20:36 PM PST by TX Bluebonnet
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To: innocentbystander
Are you my long lost brother? I thought it was just me! Unbeliveable!!! Do you have any idea how to get tapes of those episodes? They were classic!!

They are still classic, too! And - just keep an ear cocked to the Cartoon Network, since it shows them very regularly; as, also, such gems as these among my top favourites:

Dough For The Do-Do (Or: Dali meets Porky!)
Tweety and the Beanstalk (Classic line: The giant makes his entrance - Fee, fi, fo, fat - I tawt I taw a puddy tat!)
Porky's Duck Hunt (Daffy Duck makes his premiere, with lots of "whoo-hoo!" and one line of dialogue: Her-her-her-her-her...don't let it bother ya, chief...I'm just a crazy, darn fool duck!)
Baseball Bugs (Bugs takes on the Gas House Gorillas - they made baseball's real Gas House Gang, the 1931-35 St. Louis Cardinals - resemble tea time with the Daughters of the American Revolution)
You Ought To Be In Pictures (Daffy bugs Porky to defect from the 'toons and have a whack at feature films - which he does, mingling and mangling on an actual WB film set. Cameo appearance by Looney Tunes mastermind-cum-tyrant Leon Schlesinger himself.)
I forget the title, but it's a Road Runner cartoon in which Bugs Bunny stands in for the Road Runner. (Classic line: Oh, uh, hi, folks. The Road Runner hurt his knee making a hairpin turn, so they asked me to finish this picture for him...let's see...this is about where the Road Runner goes......and then blam! he's off at supersonic speed a la Mr. Beep-Beep...)

Ballot Box Bunny (Bugs against Yosemite Sam for mayor. Classic line, and probably pondered by some Clintonista speechwriters: Yosemite Sam campaigning, bellowing out, There's enough fresh air and sunshine in this greeeeeeeeat country of ours for everybody, and I'll see to it that you get yours! One flaw: Cartoon Network, for some dumb reason, edited out the classic finish, where Bugs and Sam stand dumbstruck down Main Street after the Dark Horse - a horse, in fact - won the election. Bugs: Anyone for a game of Russian Roulette? Sam: Hands Bugs the pistol. Picture fades to black. Bang! Bugs (ears spread outward): Heh! I missed! Sam (blown up in the face): Aaaaaaah hate that rabbit!)

....just for openers...
83 posted on 12/05/2001 8:25:48 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: johnboy
the second movement from ???, y'know, in the hall of the mountain kings, and all that.

Wasn't that Mazursky? One piece I hear from time to time on classical radio that is very haunting and beautiful is Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess". But I am partial to the CHORAL classics, "Ode to Joy", 'The Messiah". Right now I am enjoying myself to death listening to classical Christmas music, Gregorian chants, Medieval and Renaissance music, and especially British music.

I attended a concert Sunday night which was exclusively English Christmas music including 4 of my all time favorites "In the Bleak Midwinter", "What Sweeter Music" (I cheat, it's late 20th cent. John Rutter), "Lullaby for Christmas" (a Welsh tune I first heard sung in the movie 'Empire of the Sun') and finally another cheat, Ralph Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" Look em up, folks. They are all a delight to the ears and portray the TRUE meaning of Christmas!

84 posted on 12/05/2001 8:27:48 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
In The Bleak Midwinter

Ah ... I have sweet childhood memories of that one. Truly a beautiful song. I have a collection of old hymnals and, sadly, that song is only in one of them. But at least I have one copy of the music.

85 posted on 12/05/2001 8:37:06 PM PST by RightField
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To: MozartLover
Therrrrrrrre ya go!
86 posted on 12/05/2001 8:43:20 PM PST by 1 FELLOW FREEPER
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To: Pharmboy
"Aw c''s not like I picked the PIANO concerto. And actually, I could have easily filled it up just with Ludwig's piano stuff. If you scroll down a few from the top, you'll notice that I DID exchange the Violin concerto for the Mozart Requiem when Sam Adams brought it up"
Good Job. Actually, I would find it impossible to narrow it down to a top to try though.
87 posted on 12/05/2001 8:49:59 PM PST by 1 FELLOW FREEPER
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To: Pharmboy
Not in any particular order: I like Madrigals

Baroque music

Handel's Messiah

Bach's organ music

Strauss' Waltzes

and thinking that by the time mozart was my age he would have already been dead 20 years!

88 posted on 12/05/2001 8:55:09 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: BluesDuke
I got em all off the Cartoon Network over a number of years. Great stuff!
89 posted on 12/05/2001 9:00:26 PM PST by 1 FELLOW FREEPER
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To: Pharmboy
Only 10? Can't live without at least 12:

1) Liszt Transcendental Etude #1 in C major (Preludio)
2) Liszt Transcendental Etude #2 in A minor
3) Liszt Transcendental Etude #3 in F major (Paysage)
4) Liszt Transcendental Etude #4 in D minor (Mazeppa)
5) Liszt Transcendental Etude #5 in B flat major (Feux follets)
6) Liszt Transcendental Etude #6 in G minor (Vision)
7) Liszt Transcendental Etude #7 in E flat major (Eroica)
8) Liszt Transcendental Etude #8 in C minor (Wilde Jagd)
9) Liszt Transcendental Etude #8 in A flat major (Ricordanza)
10) Liszt Transcendental Etude #9 in F minor (Apassionata)
11) Liszt Transcendental Etude #10 in D flat major (Harmonies du soir)
12) Liszt Transcendental Etude #12 in B flat minor (Chasse-neige)

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90 posted on 12/05/2001 9:07:11 PM PST by Mini-14
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To: Pharmboy
Bach's Jesu, the Joy of Man's Desiring

Get the Trumpet solo version.

91 posted on 12/05/2001 9:14:57 PM PST by Mike Darancette
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To: Pharmboy
Mahler's Ninth

Mahler's 8th.

92 posted on 12/05/2001 9:16:33 PM PST by Mike Darancette
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To: Pharmboy
Mostly my classical tastes have been acquired through my father's collection of music, which included a small sampling of "studying" classics that he used to help him through college (ie, he played them in the background while studying). Anyway here are my list of favorites that are tilted somewhat heavily in favor of that collection:

1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky
Scheherazade - Rimsky-Korsakov
Symphony 6 (Pathetique) - Tchaikovsky
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Mozart
Symphonies 5,6,7,8,9 - Beethoven
Symphony 40 - Mozart
Marche Slave - Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 - Tchaikovsky
Symphony 4 - Brahms
William Tell Overture - Rossini

By the way, there's a great website where you can listen live to streaming classical music and also view the top 300 all-time list of classics (click on Playlist|Hall of Fame) as voted upon by their listeners: Classic FM

93 posted on 12/05/2001 9:22:32 PM PST by Humbug
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To: BluesDuke
not to mention a not-bad impersonation of Leopold Stokowski

Actually the Stokowski rendition of the Ave Maria for Disney's Fantasia in 1939 is probably one of the most moving pieces of music ever performed. (IMO)

94 posted on 12/05/2001 9:26:29 PM PST by Mike Darancette
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To: Mike Darancette
If you're talking moving, I agree. *grin* But we were talking satire up above. (Though, in truth, Stokowski seems not to have been that easy to impersonate...)
95 posted on 12/05/2001 9:37:16 PM PST by BluesDuke
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To: Pharmboy
Great thread! Next time, don't limit it to 'pre-1900' because then I have to omit my REAL favorites:

Lee Ritenour; David Benoit; Randy Crawford; Arturo Sandoval; Diane Schur, and my husband's favorite: Jane Olivor.

For pre-1900:

Dvorak: Symphony in # Minor

Vivaldi: Four Seasons

Debussy: La Mer

My favorite opera: (don't laugh) Tosca & Madame Butterfly

96 posted on 12/05/2001 9:42:44 PM PST by SmartBlonde
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To: Pharmboy
Wot, no Grieg? I'll take his Piano Concerto if no one else has it.
97 posted on 12/05/2001 10:14:19 PM PST by Guillam
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To: SuziQ
the second movement from ???, y'know, in the hall of the mountain kings, and all that.

Wasn't that Mazursky?

Nope, it's already been mentioned ... Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite. One section is called "In The Hall of the Mountain King."

98 posted on 12/05/2001 11:18:21 PM PST by Boomer Geezer
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To: All
Seems all my favorites have been mentioned, except one: Sibelius' Finlandia. However, I don't know if I'd include it in my own Top 10 list, but there are times I go on a Finlandia jag, and play the thing over and over until the wife threatens bodily injury to me if I play it one more time LOL.

If I remember my music history correctly, Sibelius initially composed this in either 1898 or 1899 as a series of musical pictures, or tableaus (sp?). The last of these "pictures" was a very patriotic piece called, I believe, Awake Finland, Awaking Finland, Finland Awaking or Finland Awakes (me ol' MusHis instructor must be spinning in his grave!). Anyway, it was in either 1900 or 1901 when this final patriotic piece was spun off on its own.

I believe it took until 1935 to 1937 before Sibelius actually finalized the Finlandia Hymn, and I believe at the end of WWII he did a choral arrangement (1949 or 1950).

Sorry, I'm too lazy to check out the facts this late at night, but seeing it was part of a paper I did in the late '60s as a music major, it kind of stuck with me.

99 posted on 12/05/2001 11:37:46 PM PST by Boomer Geezer
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To: Mike Darancette
Sorry, but any mahler symphonies after the fourth were written after 1900. So my list is: (in no particular order) 1. Brahms German Requiem 2. Liszt Fantasia and Fugue on B-A-C-H 3. Mahler#2 4. Mahler#3 5. Beethoven#5 6. Beethoven#9 7. Bach The Art of Fugue 8. Sibelius#2 9. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 10.Wagner Tristan und Isolde You should try some of the newer stuff though too (after 1900) Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Strauss, Hindemith, Bartok, Corigliano, Rouse, Tomasi, Copland, Harris, Lutoslawski, Schoenberg (Gurrelieder-trust me, most people balk at Schoenberg but this is great) Berg, Ewazen, Adams, Vaughn-Williams, I could go on for hours........... I guess I've been lurking for a while, but you finally hit me on a topic I really know.
100 posted on 12/05/2001 11:47:17 PM PST by wozzeck
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