/r/classicalresources

Photograph via snooOG

A place for classical music resources. Places to begin and lists of composers and their works.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SUBREDDIT IS BEST VIEWED USING OLD REDDIT.

This is a closed, read-only subreddit which does not accept posts from other users. Please do not send requests to become an approved user, as these will be refused.

This subreddit contains various resources to help you explore classical music.

Please note that this is a closed, read-only subreddit which does not accept posts from other users. Please do not send requests to become an approved user, as these will be refused.


New to classical music? Try these guides:


Want to explore a composer's works in greater depth? Look them up in this alphabetical index:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, V, W, X, Y, Z, Appendix


Explore by era:


Explore by genre:


Explore by theme:


Additional Resources


If there are any works or composers missing from these lists, please send me a message or leave a comment in the relevant thread.

/r/classicalresources

10,334 Subscribers

36

Happy Cakeday, r/classicalresources! Today you're 10

0 Comments
2022/11/13
19:27 UTC

85

Rock and Metal fans - looking for classical pieces? See this list of previous threads on the topic from /r/classicalmusic

And if I get time, I'm going to go through all of these and compile a list of the most suggested pieces.

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/i0d8dt/so_im_like_an_extreme_metal_head_what_pieces/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/hqal7g/does_anyone_have_any_recommendations_for/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/h07dg8/wanting_to_listen_to_classical_from_metal/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/f0jlny/what_are_most_hardcore_heavy_metal_pieces_of/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/f348vy/hello_classical_pieces_for_a_metal_guy_suggestions/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/ht6w2w/where_do_i_get_started/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/eg8fm2/black_metal_adjacent_classical_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/hecdmu/im_completely_new_to_classical_music_and_looking/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cjw1mj/im_looking_for_recomendations_for_the_most_metal/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/8y0h7d/heavy_rock_metal_fan_here/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/8tkpgy/im_new_here_and_have_always_loved_music_mainly/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/fd2qum/i_want_to_get_into_classical_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/ey9iqx/help_me_get_into_classical_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/850gma/what_are_some_of_your_favorite_heavy_metal_pieces/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/6r70i8/a_metalhead_wanting_to_listen_to_classical_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/e7jb7s/recommendations_for_a_metalhead_trying_to/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/fc4b64/occult_satanic_classical/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/77cbhj/im_a_metalhead_who_has_always_loved_elements_of/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/dotj6z/any_suggestions_for_a_metalhead/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/f3t29j/want_to_get_into_classical/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cc0dl5/newbie_to_classical_want_some_recommendations/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cmpgd3/recommendations_for_a_metalhead/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/2u549b/what_is_the_death_metal_of_classical/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/5rkn1j/metal_head_looking_for_recommendations/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cmyljd/any_classical_music_that_reflects_depression_pain/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cpmyhv/any_intense_classical_music_composers_for/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cg9k72/composer_recommendations/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/3wwu6i/suggestions_for_a_heavy_metal_fan/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/72ic2z/grew_up_listening_to_metal_but_have_found_a_few/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/1oqp3t/metal_guy_looking_for_help/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/w3jst/getting_into_classical_music_from_rock_and_metal/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/2aol7w/question_what_is_the_most_metal_piece_of/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/184k6x/classical_music_for_metal_fans/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/xrwz4/cross_post_from_rmetal_any_recommendations_on/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/bfct6j/what_playlists_would_you_recommend/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/c0sxmv/reccomendation_thread/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/9w7i0q/evil_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/aenfoh/classical_music_for_someone_who_loves_deathcore/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/9bsxy5/what_should_i_listen_to/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/a4lmpd/im_just_getting_into_classical_music_what_should/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/6bhd5p/what_classical_music_would_you_recommend_to/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/5vcqpl/10_awesome_pieces_of_classical_music_for/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/87cmpd/i_fell_in_love_with_classical_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/4u8qj1/what_are_the_most_rock_and_roll_sounding/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/9pa5d5/im_new_into_classical_music_please_give_me_a/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/7cy20u/suggestions_for_a_metalhead/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/8yaea7/trying_to_broaden_my_musical_horizons/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/78m88v/darker_heavier_reccomendations_yall/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/6r70i8/a_metalhead_wanting_to_listen_to_classical_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/8y0h7d/heavy_rock_metal_fan_here/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/f0jlny/what_are_most_hardcore_heavy_metal_pieces_of/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/3uk5ja/classical_music_for_a_metalhead/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/ent8am/whats_the_most_metal_piece_of_classical_music/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cpmyhv/any_intense_classical_music_composers_for/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/850gma/what_are_some_of_your_favorite_heavy_metal_pieces/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/3wwu6i/suggestions_for_a_heavy_metal_fan/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/2u549b/what_is_the_death_metal_of_classical/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/cjw1mj/im_looking_for_recomendations_for_the_most_metal/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/1vo4f6/im_a_long_time_heavy_metal_music_fan_what_are/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/f348vy/hello_classical_pieces_for_a_metal_guy_suggestions/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/g4079/heavy_metal_fan_who_has_recently_become_enamoured/

https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/127uof/looking_for_heavy_classical_music_any_help/

2 Comments
2020/08/28
17:00 UTC

29

/u/SuperBreakfast 's guide to the music of Alexander Glazunov

3 Comments
2020/08/14
17:00 UTC

34

/u/jaybeardmusic 's Guide To Listening To The Music of Alexander Scriabin

3 Comments
2020/08/12
22:22 UTC

37

An exhaustive list of essential Clarinet music compiled by /u/Fumbles329

1 Comment
2020/05/08
18:18 UTC

56

/u/derekmholden 's "200+ Spotify playlists, consisting of complete or mostly-complete composer chronologies, organized by time period"

6 Comments
2020/03/17
23:33 UTC

25

A list of Viola Music compiled by /u/Existantbeing

0 Comments
2014/12/17
18:29 UTC

64

What to do when attending a concert or an opera

#What to do when attending a concert or an opera

Many people have questions and preconceptions about going to classical concerts, especially if they are attending for the first time. But in spite of what you might think, there's really nothing to worry about! This is a quick guide which addresses some common concerns of first-time concert-goers.

#What to wear

Generally speaking, wear whatever you like, or whatever you feel comfortable in. Unless you're going to an extremely exclusive opera festival (like Glyndebourne), dress codes are either non-existent or extremely relaxed.

That said, attending an opera can often be a very special occasion, so if you want to dress up, by all means do so! Where else would you get the opportunity to wear an opera cloak or a pair of opera gloves? While opera glasses look rather snooty, they can be quite useful, especially if you're up in the cheap seats (or if you want a better look at your favourite singer!).

You'll probably see a lot of people dressed smartly, but this is usually because they've arrived straight from work.

#When to get there

As with any live event, it's a good idea to arrive in plenty of time. As a general rule, get there about half an hour before the start time - then you'll have time to peruse the programme, get a drink, and mingle with your fellow music-lovers. Arrive late and you might miss a whole movement, act, or even an entire piece!

#Food and drink

If you're seeing something long, it's a good idea to bring some snacks, but bear in mind that some venues are very old, so it's a good idea to check if there are any restrictions on food and drink before you attend.

#Preparation

As with clothing, this really comes down to personal choice and preference. If you want to familiarise yourself with the music before you go, then do so. If you'd rather keep everything a surprise (and this applies particularly to the plots of operas), then do that instead.

There's no need to know the plot of an opera before you attend - the vast majority of opera houses now have surtitles above the stage, so you will be able to read the words (or a translation) while the music is being sung. You can read a synopsis before the performance, but personally I would advise against this - you wouldn't read the plot of a film before you saw it, so why spoil the plot of an opera by doing so? If you're seeing a contemporary opera (yes, they exist!), the surprise can be even greater.

#Tickets

Lots of venues have cheaper tickets for certain people, e.g. students, under-30s, unemployed people, and so on. Check on the venue's website before booking to make sure you're getting the best deal. Opera houses will often have cheap tickets in the slips section, but you'll have to book early to snap them up! And like restaurants, they often have last-minute cancellations too, so sometimes you can get a ticket on the day of the performance for a reduced price.

If you review a concert, it's very likely that you'll be able to get in for free. However, this will usually only apply to established publications or popular blogs, not just anyone.

#Applause

This issue seems to cause the most anxiety, but it's actually fairly simple. This diagram provides a good summary of when to clap. Clapping between movements is generally avoided. There are exceptions to this, but if in doubt, don't clap. If you're seeing an opera, certain arias (like this one) are often followed by applause, but it's usually fairly obvious when this is going to happen. There will usually be applause between the acts of an opera too.

There will often be applause as the orchestra and/or conductor comes out onto the stage. While it might seem strange to applaud before the musicians have actually done anything, this convention does make the sight and sound of 100 people shuffling around with instruments a lot less awkward.

#Noise

Try to be as quiet as possible. Try to stifle coughing if you can. Many venues sell cough sweets, so buy some if you think you'll need them. Don't rustle wrappers during the performance.

And most importantly of all, TURN YOUR PHONE OFF. Don't just put it on silent - TURN IT OFF. Seriously, TURN IT OFF. TURN YOUR PHONE OFF. One more time, TURN YOUR PHONE OFF. This also applies to watches with alarms.

#Opera Productions

Opera is a complicated artform to begin with, but some directors make things a little more complicated (sometimes for better, sometimes for worse) by putting their own spin on famous works. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, check what style of production is being used before attending.

#Listening

This should go without saying, but listen carefully and attentively. You've paid good money to hear the music, so try to savour the experience!

#Seats

If you're seeing a piece with a piano or any other keyboard instrument, be it a concerto, a chamber piece or a solo recital, try to get a seat on the left hand side, as this will give you a view of the keyboard and the soloist's hands.

If you want to avoid standing up every five seconds to let people past into their seats, book a seat in the exact centre of the row.

Generally speaking, avoid the very front row of seating. The sound and the view will not be very good.

#Common Sense

Don't wear a massive hat that will block someone's view, don't film or take pictures when you're asked not to - in short, take other people's enjoyment into consideration.

#And finally...

Relax, and enjoy yourself!

7 Comments
2014/06/06
18:57 UTC

143

Spotify Playlists - Composer Basics

In response to requests made in this thread and messages that I've received, I've decided to start expanding the number of Spotify playlists here with a series called "Composer Basics". These will consist of the key works by various composers, with a selection of hand-picked recordings. Hopefully this will make it even easier to find the music that you're interested in, and make it easier to track down high-quality recordings. So far I've created a few of the more obvious ones, which can be found by following these links:

I want to add to this list, but first I need to know which composers you'd like to me to focus on. If you'd like to make a request, please do so in the comments section below.

Please note: All the recordings that I've chosen are just suggestions. They are my personal choices and are not intended to be definitive or objective in any way. I maintain this subreddit and create these lists in my spare time, for free, so complaints about my choices of recordings will simply be removed. In any case, if you're in a position to complain about my choice of recordings, these lists probably aren't intended for you in the first place.

Not every recording listed on Spotify is available in every country. I live in the UK, but I have tried to make sure that all the recordings I have chosen are also available in the US. If something obvious seems to be missing, go to Edit > Preferences in Spotify, then scroll down to the "Playback" section and make sure that the "Hide unplayable tracks" box is unchecked. You will then be able to see any tracks that are unplayable from your location. If you do see any, let me know and I'll try my best to find an alternative for you.

Special thanks to /u/iglookid for helping me to make sure that my chosen recordings are available in the US.

69 Comments
2013/06/18
19:50 UTC

13

As requested, a Spotify playlist version of (most of) the music from Alex Ross's "The Rest is Noise"

9 Comments
2013/05/19
00:17 UTC

11

"Soft Classics" for Hotel Lobbies, courtesy of /u/darknessvisible

0 Comments
2013/03/16
22:25 UTC

25

Themes: Folk

##Folk

Many classical composers have incoporated, imitated or appropriated folk music in their work, some more noticeably than others. This list is not intended to be exhaustive index of every example of the influence of folk music on classical composers. It is intended purely as a list of some of the more noticeable examples of that influence, as well as some pieces which simply sound like folk music, even if there is no direct influence. This is obviously a fairly subjective list, and definitions of the term "folk music" vary wildly, so comments about additions or removals are, as ever, more than welcome.

A slightly expanded version of this list can be found here on spotify.

  • Bartok - String Quartet No.4, 5th Movement
  • Bartok - Romanian Folk Dances
  • Beethoven - Symphony No.6, particularly the 3rd Movement
  • Berlioz - Harold in Italy, 3rd Movement
  • Boccherini - Fandango Guitar Quintet and La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid
  • Brahms - Piano Quartet No.1, 4th Movement
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dances
  • Copland - Billy the Kid
  • Copland - Rodeo
  • Corelli - Violin Sonata Op.5 No.12 - Follia
  • Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8, 6th Movement
  • Dvorak - Symphony No.9
  • Dvorak - String Quartet No.12
  • Dvorak - Slavonic Dances
  • Finzi - Five Bagatelles, Op.23
  • Grainger - Various works but particularly Molly on the Shore
  • Grieg - Holberg Suite, particularly the 5th Movement
  • Handel - Country Dances I & II from the Water Music Suites
  • Handel - Acis and Galatea
  • Handel - Pifa (Pastoral Symphony) from Messiah
  • Haydn - Keyboard Trio in G Major Hob.XV:25 "Gypsy Rondo", 3rd Movement
  • Haydn - Symphony No.73, 4th Movement
  • Haydn - Keyboard Concerto in D Major, Hob.XVIII:11, 3rd Movement
  • Hotteterre - Various works - this is an example
  • Khachaturian - Various works, but particularly certain dances from his ballets, such as the Lezghinka from Gayaneh
  • Kodaly - Intermezzo from the Hary Janos Suite
  • Kodaly - Dances of Galanta
  • Kodaly - Dances of Marosszek
  • Locatelli - Concerto Grosso Op.1 No.8, 5th Movement
  • MacCunn - The Land of the Mountain and the Flood
  • Mahler - Symphony No.9, 2nd Movement
  • Mahler - Symphony No.3, 3rd Movement
  • Mahler - Symphony No.4, 4th Movement
  • Monterverdi - Zefiro Torna
  • Mozart - Pastorella from the Galimathius Musicum K32
  • Rameau - Various works, but particularly the Orchestral Suites from his operas, especially the Contredanses, Gavottes, Tambourins, Rigaudons and Musettes
  • Respighi - Ancient Airs and Dances, particularly Suite No.2, 4th Movement
  • Tchaikovsky - String Quartet No.1, 2nd Movement
  • Tchaikovsky - Peasant's Chorus from Eugene Onegin ("Uzh kak po mostu, mostochku")
  • Tchaikovsky - Hungarian Dance: Csardas from Swan Lake
  • Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite
  • Vaughan Williams - Oboe Concerto
  • Vivaldi - Trio Sonata Op.1 No.12, "La Follia"
  • Vivaldi - Parts of the Four Seasons
  • Wagner - Beckmesser's song "Den Tag seh' ich erscheinen" from Die Meistersinger
  • Warlock - Capriol Suite

Further suggestions are welcome.

4 Comments
2012/12/10
21:53 UTC

27

Symphonic Poem Index

###Symphonic Poems

Symphonic poems (also known as tone poems) are extended orchestral works, usually in one continuous movement, which attempt to tell a story. Symphonic poems were invented by Franz Liszt in the mid-nineteenth-century, but before this time there were many works which performed a similar function, evoking sounds from outside of music, such as birdsong or the weather. The umbrella term programme music is used to refer to both symphonic poems and these earlier predecessors. This term is derived from the fact that concert-goers would often be given a printed programme containing an explanation of the piece they were about to hear.

Below is a list of some of the most important works of the genre, organised alphabetically by era. This list also includes various other miscellaneous orchestral pieces, including incidental music (music written to accompany stage plays), orchestral suites and freestanding overtures. Particularly important works are highlighted in bold.

####Early Romantic (c.1800 - c.1850)

  • Beethoven - Egmont Overture
  • Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
  • Beethoven - The Ruins of Athens Overture
  • Beethoven - King Stephen Overture
  • Berlioz - Le Corsaire Overture
  • Berlioz - Le Carnval Romain Overture
  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream - overture and incidental music
  • Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture
  • Mendelssohn - The Fair Melusine Overture
  • Mendelssohn - Trumpet Overture
  • Mendelssohn - Ruy Blas Overture
  • Mendelssohn - Overture for Wind Instruments
  • Schumann - Manfred Overture
  • Schumann - Julius Caesar Overture

####High Romantic (c.1850 – c.1890)

  • Balakirev - Tamara
  • Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia
  • Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
  • Brahms - Tragic Overture
  • Dvorak - The Golden Spinning Wheel
  • Dvorak - The Noon Witch
  • Dvorak - The Water Goblin
  • Dvorak - The Wood Dove
  • Dvorak - Carnival Overture
  • Dvorak - My Country Overture
  • Dvorak - Hussite Overture
  • Dvorak - Othello Overture
  • Dvorak - In Nature's Realm Overture
  • Franck - Le Chasseur Maudit
  • Grieg - In Autumn Overture
  • Grieg - Peer Gynt
  • Liszt - Les Préludes
  • Liszt - Tasso
  • Liszt - Mazeppa
  • Liszt - Orpheus
  • Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (Orchestrated by Ravel - other versions are listed here)
  • Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
  • Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
  • Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals
  • Smetana - Má Vlast
  • Suppé - Light Cavalry Overture
  • Suppé - Poet and Peasant Overture
  • Suppé - Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna
  • Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet
  • Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini
  • Tchaikovsky - The Voyevoda
  • Tchaikovsky - The Tempest
  • Tchaikovsky - Fatum
  • Tchaikovsky - Capriccio Italien
  • Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture
  • Tchaikovsky - Hamlet
  • Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

####Late Romantic (c.1880 – c.1930)

  • Bax - Tintagel
  • Bax - November Woods
  • Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow
  • Delius - On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
  • Delius - A Song of Summer
  • Delius - In a Summer Garden
  • Delius - Paris: The Song of a Great City
  • Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Elgar - Falstaff
  • Elgar - In the South (Alassio)
  • Elgar - Cockaigne (In London Town)
  • Elgar - Froissart
  • MacCunn - The Land of the Mountain and the Flood
  • Nielsen - Saga-Drom
  • Nielsen - Pan and Syrinx
  • Nielsen - Helios Overture
  • Rachmaninoff - The Isle of the Dead
  • Rachmaninoff - The Rock
  • Rachmaninoff - Prince Rostislav
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Sadko
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Russian Easter Festival Overture
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol
  • Schoenberg - Pelleas und Melisande
  • Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht (String Orchestra version, originally a piece for String Sextet)
  • Scriabin - The Poem of Ecstacy
  • Scriabin - Prometheus: The Poem of Fire
  • Sibelius - Kullervo
  • Sibelius - En Saga
  • Sibelius - Lemminkäinen Suite
  • Sibelius - Finlandia
  • Sibelius - Pohjola's Daughter
  • Sibelius - Nightride and Sunrise
  • Sibelius - The Bard
  • Sibelius - Luonnotar
  • Sibelius - The Oceanides
  • Sibelius - Tapiola
  • Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben
  • Richard Strauss - Till Eulgenspiegels lustige Streiche
  • Richard Strauss - Don Juan
  • Richard Strauss - Tod und Verklärung
  • Richard Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Richard Strauss - Don Quixote
  • Richard Strauss - Macbeth
  • Webern - Im Sommerwind
  • Zemlinsky - Die Seejungfrau

####Modernist (c.1900 – c.1945)

  • Copland - El salón Mexicó
  • Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Debussy - La mer
  • Debussy - Nocturnes
  • Debussy - Images
  • Gershwin - An American in Paris
  • Gershwin - Cuban Overture
  • Holst - The Planets
  • Ives - The Unanswered Question
  • Ives - Three Places in New England
  • Janacek - Taras Bulba
  • Ravel - La Valse
  • Respighi - The Pines of Rome
  • Respighi - Roman Festivals
  • Respighi - Fountains of Rome
  • Revueltas - Sensemayá
  • Walton - Johannesburg Overture
  • Walton - Portsmouth Point
8 Comments
2012/11/22
22:09 UTC

86

A Playlist of 20 Great Classical Works for Absolute Beginners

#20 Great Classical Works for Absolute Beginners

Not quite ready to dive into the "Where do I begin?" guides in the sidebar? Just want to get a general flavour of what classical music has to offer? Try this playlist, which contains twenty great pieces of music from a variety of composers and eras. It is two hours in length, so it shouldn't be overwhelming!

You can find the playlist here on youtube or here on spotify.

Once you're finished with this list, you can move on to some of the other guides for beginners in this subreddit:

17 Comments
2012/11/22
19:52 UTC

41

Themes: Orientalism

##Orientalism

Orientalism is a term which refers to works created by "Western" artists which imitate or depict of aspects of "Eastern" cultures. It is also the title of a highly influential book by the literary and post-colonial theorist Edward Said. Although Orientalism helps to perpetuate certain stereotypes and is often highly problematic, it is nonetheless a recognisable theme within the classical canon, and can be found in the work of many classical composers. The following list contains a selection of some of those works.

All of these works can also be found in this spotify playlist.

  • Balakirev - Islamey
  • Bartok - The Miraculous Mandarin
  • Beethoven - Symphony No.9 - last movement, march section before "Froh, froh, wie eine Sonnen fliegen"
  • Beethoven - Chorus of Dervishes and the Turkish March from The Ruins of Athens
  • Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia
  • Borodin - Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
  • Debussy - Pagodes from Estampes
  • Delibes - Lakmé, particularly the Bell Song
  • Elgar - The Crown of India, particularly the March of the Mogul Emperors
  • Fux - Turcaria
  • Gluck - Die Pilger von Mekka
  • Godowsky - Java Suite
  • Grieg - Arabian Dance from Peer Gynt Suite No.2
  • Haydn - Symphony No.100 "Military", 2nd movement
  • Ippolitov-Ivanov - Caucasian Sketches, particularly the 4th movement, the Procession of the Sardar
  • John Barnes Chance - Variations on a Korean Folk Song
  • Ketèlbey — In a Persian Market
  • Lehár - Das Land des Lächelns, particularly Von Apfelbüten einen Kranz
  • Lully - Marche pour le la Cérémonie Turque
  • Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde, particularly Von Der Jugend
  • Massenet - Divertissement from Thais
  • Mozart - 3rd Movement of Piano Sonata No.11 (Rondo alla Turca)
  • Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail, particularly the Overture, Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder, Ha wie will ich triumphieren and the Turkish finale
  • Mozart - Violin Concerto No.5 "Turkish" - particularly the 3rd movement
  • Mozart - Ich möchte wohl der Kaiser sein
  • Mussorgsky - Khovanshchina, Dances of the Persian Slave Girls
  • Nielsen - Aladdin Suite
  • Ornstein - A La Chinoise
  • Prokofiev - Orientalia from Cinderella
  • Puccini - Madama Butterfly
  • Puccini - Turandot
  • Ravel - Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes from Ma Mere l'Oye
  • Ravel - Shéhérazade
  • Respighi - Belkis, Queen of Sheba
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Antar
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
  • Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri Overture
  • Saint-Saens - The Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
  • Saint-Saens - Piano Concerto No.5 "Egyptian"
  • Satie - Prestidigitateur Chinois from Parade
  • Sibelius - Belshazzar's Feast
  • Johann Strauss II - Egyptian March
  • Johann Strauss II - Marchen aus Dem Orient
  • Johann Strauss II - Persian March
  • Richard Strauss - Salome, particularly the Dance of the Seven Veils
  • Stravinsky - Chinese March from Song of the Nightingale
  • Szymanowski - Krol Roger, particularly the Dance of the Shepherd's Followers
  • Tchaikovsky - Chinese Dance (Tea) from The Nutcracker
  • Verdi - Aida, particularly Possente, possente Ftha
  • Weber - Abu Hassan Overture

Further suggestions are welcome.

5 Comments
2012/11/21
22:25 UTC

31

Extra

####Additional resources

Classical.net

Reviews, composer biographies and works lists, articles, book recommendations and more

SpotifyClassical.com

Extensive Spotify playlists including complete works playlists for various composers

GetIntoClassical.com

A great place for beginners

Classify

A Spotify app for exploring classical music

Classical Starter Kit

A large Spotify playlist I've built containing many key classical works. Put it on shuffle and see what comes on!

Youtube - Smalin

Amazing visualisations of a variety of classical pieces - particularly good if (like me) you can't read sheet music!

The Guardian - Tom Service's Guides to Contemporary Classical Music

Concise introductions to various living composers

Medici.tv

Free streaming classical concerts

OperaBase.com

A chart showing the most frequently performed operas across the world

Last.fm - Top classical artists

Charts of the most popular classical composers and their most popular works

Open Classical

Classical music organized online, with YouTube integration for free listening

Keeping Score

A variety of excellent, in-depth resources about composers and their works, created by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Bachtrack.com

A database of upcoming classical concerts around the world

Compact Discoveries

An engaging radio program for beginners and experts alike

Tchaikovsky Research

Everything you could ever want to know about Tchaikovsky!

BachVespersNyc.org

There are many sites with English translations of Bach's cantatas, but this is the one I've found most useful

BBC Radio 3's Fifty Modern Classics

A series of free podcasts with details of fifty important modern classical pieces, put together by one of the UK's leading classical music radio stations

Alex Ross: The Rest is Noise - New Music Links

A selection of important contemporary composers and ensembles

Gramophone.co.uk

News, blogs, articles, composer biographies, reviews and recommended recordings

AllMusic.com

Information on just about every composer, work and recording imaginable

EMI Opera

An excellent source of free opera libretti - click on the download section and register to gain access to them

Earthlink.net

Free libretti for all four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle

Musipedia - Melodic Contour Search

Got a tune stuck in your head and can't remember what it is? Try this simple search technique

RecMusic.org/Lieder

A huge database of art song and lieder texts

IMSLP Petrucci Music Library

A huge database of sheet music

Amazon.com

A surprisingly good way of finding which classical recordings are worth hearing

TED Talks on Classical Music

Wikipedia - List of classical music composers by era

Wikipedia - Glossary of musical terminology

Naxos Music Glossary

Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

MusicTheory.net Lessons

A Youtube Playlist of Operas with English subtitles

How to Fall in Love with Modern Classical Music

Learning to Listen

####Best-of Lists

Classic FM Hall of Fame

A chart of the 300 most popular classical pieces amongst Classic FM listeners

RateYourMusic.com

A chart of some popular classical recordings, as voted for by the site's users

ABC Classic 100 Symphony

A chart of the top 100 symphonies as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

ABC Classic 100 Piano

A chart of the top 100 piano pieces as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

ABC Classic 100 Opera

A chart of the top 100 operatic extracts as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

ABC Classic 100 Mozart

A chart of the top 100 Mozart pieces as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

ABC Classic 100 Concerto

A chart of the top 100 concertos as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

ABC Classic 100 Chamber

A chart of the top 100 chamber works as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

ABC Classic 100 Twentieth Century

A chart of the top 100 twentieth century works as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

ABC Classic 100 Music of France

A chart of the top 100 French works as voted for by ABC Classic FM listeners

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Symphonies Chart

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Concertos Chart

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Chamber Music Chart

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Symphonic Poems Chart

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Keyboard Music Chart

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Solo/Duo Music Chart

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Operas Chart

DigitalDreamDoor.com - Greatest Choral Works Chart

####Useful recent threads from /r/classicalmusic

A thread which covers some key points of music theory and instrumentation

Women Composers 1

Women Composers 2

A Guide to Mendelssohn

A Guide to Shostakovich

What are the best Scarlatti sonatas to start with?

String Quartets

Who are the leading composers of today?

I'm 14 and just discovered classical. What do you recommend and what do I need to know to fully appreciate the music?

I'd like to know the famous composers better. Can someone help a newbie?

I'd like to learn more about the unique, identifying styles of the big composers

Hidden Gems that you have found

Do orchestras really need conductors?

Questions about conductors

Can anyone tell me why the conductor conducts off the beat?

Explain like I'm 5: Tone Rows

A useful thread about vibrato

Further suggestions are welcome

1 Comment
2012/11/20
14:31 UTC

39

Themes: Sad/Dark

##Sad/Dark

All of these works can be found on this spotify playlist.

  • Beethoven - Symphony No.7 - 2nd Movement
  • Chopin - Nocturnes
  • Elgar - Elegy for Strings
  • Elgar - Nimrod from the Enigma Variations
  • Grieg - Aase's Death from Peer Gynt
  • JS Bach - Chaconne from the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
  • JS Bach - Kommt, Ihr Töchter, Helft Mir Klagen and Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder from the St. Matthew Passion
  • JS Bach - Herr, unser Herrscher from the St John Passion
  • JS Bach - Sarabande from Cello Suite No.2
  • Dowland - Songs, particularly Flow my Tears and In Darkness Let Me Dwell
  • Gorecki - Symphony No.3
  • Liszt - Funerailles from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
  • Liszt - Pensée des morts from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses
  • Mahler - Kindertotenlieder
  • Mahler - Symphony No.9, 1st and 4th Movements
  • Mahler - Um Mitternacht from the Rückert-Lieder
  • Mendelssohn - String Quartet No.6, 3rd Movement
  • Messiaen - Apparition de l'Eglise éternelle
  • Mozart - Requiem, particularly the Lacrimosa
  • Part - Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
  • Penderecki - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
  • Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op.23 No.1
  • Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op.32 No.10
  • Ravel - Le Gibet from Gaspard de la Nuit
  • Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Schubert - Piano Sonata No.20, 2nd Movement
  • Schubert - Winterreise, particularly Der Leiermann
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 8, 1st and 5th Movements
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No.15
  • Shostakovich - Symphony No.5, 3rd Movement
  • Shostakovich - From Jewish Folk Poetry
  • Sibelius - Symphony No.4
  • Sibelius - Symphony No.6
  • Sibelius - Tapiola
  • Richard Strauss - Metamorphosen
  • Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings, 1st Movement
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6
  • Verdi - Lacrymosa from the Requiem
  • Vivaldi - Nisi Dominus RV 608 - Cum Dederit
  • Wagner - Tristan und Isolde, particularly the preludes to acts 1 and 3
  • Weber - The Wolf's Glen Scene from Der Freischütz

**Further suggestions are welcome.

Please note, however, that by "Sad/Dark" I mean works which are generally slow and gloomy.**

34 Comments
2012/11/19
13:44 UTC

21

Themes: Spanish

##Spanish

A list of pieces which are evocative of Spain, even if they are not by Spanish composers.

All of these pieces can be found on this spotify playlist.

  • Albeniz - Iberia and Suite Española
  • Bizet - Carmen
  • Boccherini - Fandango Guitar Quintet and La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid
  • Chabrier - Espana
  • Debussy - Iberia
  • De Falla - Nights in the Gardens in Spain
  • De Falla - El Amor Brujo
  • De Falla - El sombrero de tres picos
  • De Falla - Fantasia Baetica
  • De Falla - Cuatro Piezas espanoles
  • De Falla - Siete canciones populares espanoles
  • Faure - Le Pas Espagnol from the Dolly Suite
  • Gershwin - Prelude No.3 for Piano
  • Glinka - Spanish Overture No.1 and Spanish Overture No.2
  • Granados - Spanish Dances and Goyescas
  • Johann Strauss II - Spanish March
  • Lalo - Symphonie Espagnole
  • Liszt - La Romanesca
  • Liszt - Rapsodie espagnole
  • Massenet - Ballet Suite from Le Cid
  • Moszkowski - Caprice espagnol
  • Moszkowski - Spanish Dances
  • Ravel - Alborada del gracioso
  • Ravel - Bolero
  • Ravel - Rapsodie Espagnole
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Capriccio Espagnol
  • Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Sarasate - Spanish Dances Op.22, Op.23
  • Sarasate - Airs Spagnols Op. 18
  • Sarasate - Caprice Basque Op. 24
  • Sarasate - Adios montanas mias, Op. 37
  • Sarasate - Jota Aragonesa Op. 27
  • Sarasate - Jota de Pamplona, Op.50
  • Sarasate - Navarra op. 33
  • Sarasate - Serenata andaluza, Op.28
  • Sarasate - Malaguena op.21
  • Sarasate - Carmen Fantasy
  • Stravinsky - Española from Orchestral Suite No.1
  • Tarrega - Memories of the Alhambra
  • Tchaikovsky - Danse espagnole from Swan Lake and Chocolate (Spanish Dance) from The Nutcracker
  • Turina - Sinfonia Sevillana
  • Turina - La procesion del rocio
  • Turina - Danzas fantasticas

Further suggestions are welcome

12 Comments
2012/11/19
13:43 UTC

30

Themes: Christmas/Winter

##Christmas/Winter

  • JS Bach - Christmas Oratorio
  • JS Bach - In ducli jubilo, BWV 608
  • JS Bach - Schafe können sicher weiden from Cantata 208 (see also: Blithe Bells, an arrangement of this piece by Percy Grainger)
  • Berlioz - The Shepherds' Farewell from L'enfance du Christ
  • Britten - A Ceremony of Carols
  • Britten - A Boy Was Born
  • Britten - St. Nicolas Cantata
  • Casals - El Pessebre
  • Charpentier - Noels sur les Instruments
  • Chopin - Etudes Op.25 No.11 "Winter Wind"
  • Corelli - Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8, particularly the 6th movement
  • Debussy - The Snow is Dancing from Children's Corner
  • Delius - Sleigh Ride
  • Grieg - Julens Vuggesang
  • Grieg - Under Juletraeet
  • Handel - Messiah
  • Holst - Four Old English Carols, Op.20b
  • Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel
  • Ibert - Sleigh Ride from Petite Suite en 15 Images
  • Josef Strauss - Winterlust
  • Liszt - Chasse neige from the Transcendental Etudes
  • Liszt - Christus
  • Liszt - Weihnachtsbaum
  • Locatelli - Concerto Grosso Op.1 No.8 "Christmas", particularly the fifth movement
  • Lutoslawski - Polish Christmas Carols
  • Manfredini - Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.12 "Christmas Concerto"
  • Mendelssohn - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • Mendelssohn - Sechs Kinderstücke Op.72 "Christmas Pieces"
  • Menotti - Amahl and the Night Visitors
  • Messiaen - Noel from Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus
  • Leopold Mozart - Toy Symphony
  • Mozart - Three German Dances K605, No.3 "Die Schlittenfahrt" (The Sleigh Ride)
  • Offenbach - Barcarolle
  • Poulenc - Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noel
  • Prokofiev - Troika from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite
  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve
  • Rouse - Karolju
  • Rutter - Brother Heinrich's Christmas
  • Ryba - Missa Pastoralis Bohemica
  • Saint-Saëns - Oratorio de Noël
  • Schütz - Weihnachtshistorie
  • Tchaikovsky - December: Christmas from The Seasons
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.1 "Winter Daydreams"
  • Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker
  • Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols
  • Vaughan Williams - Hodie: A Christmas Cantata
  • Vivaldi - Winter from the Four Seasons
  • Waldteufel - Les Patineurs "The Skater's Waltz"

Further suggestions are welcome

6 Comments
2012/11/19
13:43 UTC

22

Themes: Soothing/Relaxing

##Soothing/Relaxing

All of these pieces can be found in this spotify playlist.

  • JC Bach – Grand Overture Op.18 No.1, 2nd Movement
  • JS Bach - Air from Orchestral Suite No.3
  • JS Bach - Double Violin Concerto, 2nd Movement
  • JS Bach - Erbarme dich from the St Matthew Passion
  • Barber - Adagio for Strings
  • Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.3, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.15, 4th Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.27, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.28, 1st Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.30, 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.32, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.8, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - String Quartet No.13, 5th Movement
  • Beethoven - String Quartet No.15, 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven - Symphony No.6 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - Symphony No.9 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven - Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.1
  • Beethoven - Romance for Violin and Orchestra No.2
  • Borodin - String Quartet No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Brahms - Cello Sonata No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Brahms - Clarinet Quintet, 2nd Movement
  • Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem, 4th Movement
  • Brahms - Intermezzi Op.117, No.1
  • Brahms - Klavierstucke, Op.119, No.1
  • Brahms - Klavierstuke, Op.118, No.2 and No.5
  • Brahms - Piano Quartet No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Brahms - Piano Trio No.1, 3rd Movement
  • Brahms - Symphony No.3, 3rd Movement
  • Brahms - Violin Concerto, 2nd Movement
  • Brahms - Violin Sonata No.3, 2nd Movement
  • Chopin - Berceuse, Op.57
  • Chopin - Etude Op.10 No.3
  • Chopin - Nocturne Op.27 No.2
  • Chopin - Piano Concerto No.1, 2nd Movement
  • Chopin - Piano Concerto No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Copland - Nonet, 1st Movement
  • Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • Delius - On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
  • Dvorak - Song to the Moon from Rusalka
  • Dvorak - String Quartet No.12, 2nd Movement
  • Dvorak - Symphony No.9, 2nd Movement
  • Dvorak - Serenade for Strings
  • Elgar - Salut d'amour
  • Elgar - Elegy for Strings
  • Elgar - Serenade for Strings, 2nd Movement
  • Elgar - Chanson de Matin
  • Fauré - Berceuse from the Dolly Suite
  • Fauré - In Paradisum from the Requiem
  • Fauré - Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande
  • Giordano - Caro mio ben
  • Grieg - Holberg Suite, 2nd and 4th Movements
  • Grieg - The Death of Aase and Solveig's Song from Peer Gynt
  • Handel - Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo
  • Handel - Ombra mai fu from Serse
  • Haydn - Symphony No.44, 3rd Movement
  • Haydn - String Quartet Op.76 No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Haydn - String Quartet Op.76 No.4, 2nd Movement
  • Haydn - String Quartet Op.76 No.5, 2nd Movement
  • Khachaturian - Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Spartacus
  • Liszt - Liebesträume No.3
  • Mahler - Symphony No.3, 6th Movement
  • Mahler - Symphony No.4, 3rd Movement
  • Mahler - Symphony No.5, 4th Movement
  • Mahler - Symphony No.6, 3rd Movement
  • Mahler - Symphony No.9, 1st Movement
  • Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
  • Massenet - Meditation from Thais
  • Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Mendelssohn - Symphony No.4, 3rd Movement
  • Mozart - Agnus Dei from the Coronation Mass
  • Mozart - Et Incarnatus Est from the Great Mass in C Minor
  • Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus
  • Mozart - Clarinet Concerto, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Clarinet Quintet, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Flute and Harp Concerto, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Marsch der Priester from The Magic Flute
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.15, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.16, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.17, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.18, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.20, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.21, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.22, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.23, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.24, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.25, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.26, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Concerto No.27, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.10, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.11, 1st Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.12, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.13, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.14, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.15, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.16, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.17, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.18, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Piano Sonata No.8, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Serenade No.10, 3rd Movement
  • Mozart - Soave sia il vento from Cosi fan tutte
  • Mozart - Symphony No.33, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Symphony No.35, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Symphony No.36, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Symphony No.38, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Symphony No.39, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Symphony No.40, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Symphony No.41, 2nd Movement
  • Mozart - Violin Concerto No.3, 2nd Movement
  • Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel
  • Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
  • Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Rachmaninoff - Symphony No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Ravel - Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Ravel - Piano Concerto in G Major, 2nd Movement
  • Ravel - Ma mère l'oye, 1st, 4th and 5th Movements
  • Respighi - Siciliana from Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.3
  • Saint-Saens - The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
  • Sandström - Det är en ros utsprungen
  • Satie - Gymnopédies
  • Schubert - Entr'acte No.3 from the Rosamunde incidental music
  • Schubert - String Quartet No.13, 2nd Movement
  • Schubert - Symphony No.5, 2nd Movement
  • Schumann - Piano Quintet, 2nd Movement
  • Schumann - Symphony No.1, 2nd Movement
  • Schumann - Three Romances, Op.28 No.2
  • Schumann - Traumerei from Kinderszenen
  • Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Sibelius - Andante Festivo
  • Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela from the Lemminkäinen Suite
  • Richard Strauss - Metamorphosen
  • Tallis - Spem in Alium
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6, 4th Movement
  • Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d'un lieu cher, 3rd Movement
  • Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No.1, 2nd Movement
  • Tchaikovsky - String Quartet No.1, 2nd Movement
  • Tchaikvsoky - Panorama from Sleeping Beauty
  • Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
  • Vaughan Williams - Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"
  • Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.3, 2nd and 4th Movements
  • Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.5, 3rd Movement
  • Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
  • Vivaldi - Nulla in mundo pax sincera
  • Wagner - Lohengrin, Prelude to Act 1
  • Wagner - Siegfried Idyll
  • Wagner - Tristan und Isolde, Prelude to Act 1
  • Wagner - Parsifal, Prelude to Act 1
  • Wagner - Forest Murmurs from Siegfried

Further suggestions are welcome

15 Comments
2012/11/19
13:42 UTC

25

Themes: Halloween/Spooky/Scary

##Halloween/Spooky/Scary

All of these pieces can be found in this spotify playlist.

  • Arnold - Tam O'Shanter Overture
  • Bach - Opening Chorus of the St John Passion
  • Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
  • Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
  • Bartok - String Quartet No.4, 5th Movement
  • Beethoven - 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - 9th Symphony, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - Ghost Trio, 2nd movement
  • Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, 5th movement
  • Boellmann - Toccata from the Suite Gothique
  • Brahms - German Requiem, 2nd and 6th movements
  • Chopin - Funeral March from Piano Sonata No.2
  • Crumb - Black Angels
  • Grieg -In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt
  • Haydn - Symphony No.44, 4th movement, Symphony No.45, 1st Movement, Symphony No.49, 2nd Movement
  • Holst - Mars from the Planets Suite
  • Humperdinck - Witch's Ride from Hansel and Gretel
  • Ives - The Unanswered Question
  • Ligeti - L'Escalier du diable from Book Two of the Études
  • Liszt - Mephisto Waltz No.1 (Orchestral Version)
  • Liszt - Totentanz
  • Messiaen - Apparition de l'Eglise éternelle
  • Mozart - Dies Irae, Rex Tremendae and Confutatis from the Requiem
  • Mozart - Kyrie from the C Minor Mass
  • Mozart - Overture and Commendatore Scene from Don Giovanni
  • Mozart - Symphony No.25 - 1st Movement
  • Mussorgsky - Gnomus and Hut on Fowl's Leg from Pictures at an Exhibtion
  • Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
  • Orff - O Fortuna from Carmina Burana
  • Penderecki - De Natura Sonoris No.2
  • Penderecki - Polymorphia
  • Penderecki - The Dream of Jacob
  • Penderecki - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Penderecki - Utrenja
  • Prokofiev - Dance of the Knights from Romeo and Juliet
  • Prokofiev - Dance of the Pagan Monster from the Scythian Suite
  • Rachmaninoff - Isle of the Dead
  • Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
  • Schoenberg - Five Orchestral Pieces
  • Schubert - Death and the Maiden String Quartet
  • Schubert - Der Erlkönig
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 8
  • Shostakovich - Symphonies 5, 7 and 10
  • Shostakovich - The Ghost from the Hamlet Suite
  • Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No.1
  • Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No.2
  • Stravinsky - Infernal Dance from The Firebird
  • Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
  • Tchaikovsky - Francesca da Rimini
  • Tchaikovsky - Marche Slave
  • Vaughan Williams - Satan's Dance of Triumph from Job
  • Verdi - Dies Irae from the Requiem
  • Vivaldi - 1st Movement of Winter from the Four Seasons
  • Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walkure
  • Wagner - Siegfried's Funeral March from Gotterdammerung

Further suggestions are welcome

See also: /u/dubbelgamer 's excellent list

12 Comments
2012/11/19
13:41 UTC

58

Themes: Angry

##Angry

A spotify playlist of all these pieces can be found here.

  • Bartok - String Quartet No.4
  • Bartok - String Quartet No.2, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - 5th Symphony
  • Beethoven - 9th Symphony, 2nd Movement
  • Beethoven - 2nd Symphony, 4th Movement
  • Beethoven - 4th Symphony, 4th Movement
  • Beethoven - 7th Symphony, 4th Movement and 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven - 3rd Symphony, 1st Movement
  • Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
  • Beethoven - Egmont Overture
  • Beethoven - Fidelio Overture
  • Beethoven - King Stephen Overture
  • Beethoven - String Quartet No.10, 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven - String Quartet No.14, 5th Movement and 7th Movement
  • Beethoven - String Quartet No.13, 6th Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.23, 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.29, 1st Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.14, 3rd Movement
  • Beethoven - Piano Concerto No.5, 1st and 3rd Movements
  • Beethoven - Grosse Fuge
  • Berlioz - Tuba Mirum from the Requiem
  • Borodin - Symphony No.2
  • Brahms - Piano Quartet No.1, 4th Movement
  • Brahms - Serenade No.1, 1st Movement
  • Brahms - Symphony No.2, 4th Movement
  • Brahms - Symphony No.4, 3rd Movement
  • Brahms - Academic Festival Overture
  • Brahms - Violin Concerto, 3rd Movement
  • Britten - Sanctus and Dies Irae from the War Requiem
  • Bruckner - 7th Symphony, 3rd Movement
  • Bruckner - 8th Symphony, 2nd Movment and 4th Movement
  • Bruckner - 9th Symphony, 2nd Movement
  • Delibes - Les Chasseresses from Sylvia
  • Dvorak - 9th Symphony, 4th Movement
  • Dvorak - Slavonic Dances 1 and 8
  • Elgar - Cockaigne Overture
  • Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt
  • Handel - Thou Shalt Break Them from Messiah
  • Haydn - Symphony No.44, 4th movement
  • Haydn - Symphony No.45, 1st Movement
  • Haydn - Symphony No.49, 2nd Movement
  • Haydn - String Quartet Op.74 No.3, 4th Movement
  • Holst - Mars from the Planets
  • Khachaturian - Lezghinka from Gayane
  • Liszt - Mephisto Waltz No.1 (Orchestral Version)
  • Liszt - Mazeppa and Wilde Jagd from the Transcendental Etudes
  • Liszt - Totentanz
  • Mahler - 6th Symphony, 1st Movement
  • Mahler - 7th Symphony, 5th Movement
  • Mahler - 8th Symphony, 1st Movement
  • Mahler - 9th Symphony, 3rd Movement
  • Mendelssohn - String Quartet No.6, 1st Movement and 4th Movement
  • Mozart - Symphony No.25 - 1st Movement
  • Mozart - Dies Irae, Confutatis maledictis and Rex Tremendae Majestatis from the Requiem
  • Mozart - Commendatore Scene from Don Giovanni
  • Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
  • Prokofiev - Scythian Suite, Dance of the Pagan Monster
  • Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the Knights
  • Prokofiev - 5th Symphony, 4th Movement
  • Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No.3, 3rd Movement
  • Prokofiev - Piano Sonata No.7, 3rd Movement
  • Rameau - Contredanse from Les Boreades
  • Schubert - 9th Symphony
  • Schubert - Erlkönig
  • Schubert - Der Atlas
  • Schubert - Gruppe aus dem Tartarus
  • Schubert - String Quartet No.14, 1st Movement and 4th Movement
  • Shostakovich - 5th Symphony, 4th Movement
  • Shostakovich - 8th Symphony, 3rd Movement
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No.3, 3rd Movement
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No.8
  • Shostakovich - String Quartet No.10, 2nd Movement
  • Shostakovich - 7th Symphony, 1st Movement
  • Shostakovich - 10th Symphony, 2nd Movement
  • Shostakovich - Violin Concerto No.1, 4th Movement
  • Shostakovich - The Ghost and Duel and Death Of Hamlet from the Hamlet Suite
  • Shostakovich - Two Pieces for String Octet, Op.11 - 2nd Movement
  • Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
  • Stravinsky - Infernal Dance from The Firebird
  • Tchaikovsky - 4th Symphony, 4th Movement
  • Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.4, particularly the 1st and 3rd Movements
  • Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.6, particularly the 1st and 3rd Movements
  • Verdi - Dies Irae and Rex Tremendae Majestatis from the Requiem
  • Vivaldi - Summer from the Four Seasons, 3rd Movement
  • Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walkure
  • Wagner - Hagen's Call to Arms from Gotterdammerung

Further suggestions are welcome

10 Comments
2012/11/19
13:41 UTC

25

Choral Music Index

###Choral Music

Choral music is anything which is written specifically for a chorus, i.e. for multiple voices. Choral music does not have to be exclusively for voices, however, as it can include instrumental parts accompanying the chorus. In the Western Classical tradition, there are a number of fixed religious texts (often in Latin) which were repeatedly set to music over the centuries, common examples being the Mass, Requiem, Stabat Mater, Te Deum, Magnificat, Psalms, Ave Maria, and so on. The choral repertoire is extremely varied, and choral works come in a variety of forms - the chorus can be split in a variety of ways, and can also include a number of soloists. One particularly important type of choral piece is the oratorio. Oratorios are similar to operas in that they tell a specific story, but unlike operas they are not staged - there are no sets or costumes, and the chorus and soloists occupy the same space as the orchestra. While operas tend to focus on secular or mythological subjects, oratorios frequently take their subjects from religious sources.

Below is a list of some of the most important works of the genre, organised alphabetically by era. Particularly important works are highlighted in bold.

####Medieval (c.1100 - c.1400)

  • von Bingen - Symphoniae
  • von Bingen - Ordo Virtutum
  • Machaut - Messe de Notre Dame
  • Pérotin - Sederunt principes
  • Pérotin - Viderunt omnes
  • de Vitry - Motets
  • de Vitry - Chansons

####Renaissance (c.1400 - c.1600)

  • Agricola - Chansons
  • Agricola - Masses
  • Agricola - Magnificat
  • Agricola - Motets
  • Allegri - Miserere
  • Binchois - Chansons
  • Binchois - Masses
  • Brumel - Masses, particularly Missa Et ecce terrae motus
  • Brumel - Requiem
  • Busnois/Busnoys -Masses
  • Byrd -Mass for Three Voices
  • Byrd - Mass for Four Voices
  • Byrd - Mass for Five Voices
  • Carver - Masses
  • Dufay - Masses
  • Dufay - Chansons
  • Dufay - Motets
  • Fayrfax - Masses
  • Fayrfax - Magnificats
  • Frye - Masses
  • Gombert - Magnificats
  • Gombert - Salve Regina
  • Gombert - Credo
  • Gombert - Masses, particularly Missa Tempore paschali
  • Isaac - Masses
  • Janequin - Chansons
  • Josquin - Masses, particularly Missa Pange Lingua and Missa l'homme armé
  • Josquin - Ave Maria
  • Josquin - Motets
  • Josquin - Chansons
  • Josquin - Stabat Mater
  • Lassus - Requiem
  • Lassus - Magnificat
  • Lassus - Motets
  • Lassus - Prophetiae Sibyllarum
  • Lassus - Penitential Psalms
  • Lassus - Madrigals
  • Morales - Masses
  • Morales - Magnificat
  • Morales - Motets
  • Morales - Lamentations
  • Morales - Officium Defunctorum
  • Ockeghem - Requiem
  • Ockeghem - Masses
  • Palestrina - Masses, particularly the Missa Papae Marcelli
  • Palestrina - Stabat Mater
  • Palestrina - Motets
  • Pierre de la Rue - Requiem
  • Pierre de la Rue - Magnificats
  • Pierre de la Rue - Salve Reginas
  • Pierre de la Rue - Masses
  • Pierre de la Rue - Officium
  • Tallis - Spem in Alium
  • Tallis - Lamentations of Jeremiah
  • Tallis - Masses
  • Tallis - Motets
  • Taverner - Masses
  • Victoria - Masses
  • Victoria - Motets
  • Victoria - Requiem "Officium defunctorum"

####Baroque (c.1600 - c.1750)

  • JS Bach - Mass in B Minor
  • JS Bach - St. Matthew Passion
  • JS Bach - St. John Passion
  • JS Bach - Christmas Oratorio
  • JS Bach - Magnificat
  • JS Bach - Cantatas – Particularly BWV 147, 208, 82, 140, 170, 51, 80, 68, 4, 52, 55, 56, 32, 78 and 106
  • JS Bach - Motets
  • Carissimi - Oratorios, particularly Jonas and Jephte
  • Carissimi - Motets
  • Carissimi - Mass for Three Voices
  • Handel - Coronation anthems, particularly Zadok the Priest
  • Handel - Messiah
  • Handel - Solomon
  • Handel - Judas Maccabaeus
  • Handel - The Triumph of Time and Truth
  • Handel - Theodora
  • Handel - Jephtha
  • Handel - Saul
  • Handel - Belshazzar
  • Lotti - Requiem
  • Lotti - Credo
  • Lotti - Miserere
  • Lotti - Masses
  • Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610
  • Pergolesi - Stabat Mater
  • Purcell - Ode for St. Cecelia's Day
  • Schütz - Weihnachtshistorie
  • Vivaldi - Gloria
  • Zelenka - Masses
  • Zelenka - Lamentations of Jeremiah

####Classical (c.1750 – c.1820)

  • CPE Bach - Magnificat
  • Haydn - The Creation
  • Haydn - The Seasons
  • Haydn - Stabat Mater
  • Haydn - Te Deum
  • Haydn - Masses, particularly 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
  • Mozart - Requiem
  • Mozart - Masses, particularly the Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass
  • Mozart - Solemn Vespers
  • Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

####Early Romantic (c.1800 – c.1850)

  • Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
  • Beethoven - Choral Fantasy
  • Beethoven - Mass in C Major
  • Berlioz - Requiem
  • Berlioz - L'enfance du Christ
  • Berlioz - La Damnation de Faust
  • Berlioz - Te Deum
  • Mendelssohn - Elijah
  • Mendelssohn - St. Paul
  • Rossini - Stabat Mater
  • Rossini - Petite messe solennelle
  • Schubert - Masses, particularly 2, 5 and 6
  • Schubert - Psalm 23

####High Romantic (c.1850 – c.1890

  • Brahms - German Requiem
  • Brahms - Alto Rhapsody
  • Brahms - Schicksalslied
  • Dvorak - Requiem
  • Dvorak - Stabat Mater
  • Gounod - St Cecilia Mass
  • Liszt - Christus
  • Tchaikovsky - Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Verdi - Messa da Requiem

####Late Romantic (c.1880 – c.1930)

  • Bruckner - Te Deum
  • Bruckner - Masses 2 and 3
  • Bruckner - Motets, especially: Locus Iste, Os Justi, and Christus Factus Est
  • Delius - Sea Drift
  • Duruflé - Requiem
  • Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius
  • Elgar - The Kingdom
  • Elgar - The Apostles
  • Faure - Requiem
  • Rachmaninoff - All-Night Vigil (aka Vespers)

####Modernist (c.1900 – c.1945)

  • Bartok - Cantata Profana
  • Honegger - Le Roi David
  • Janacek - Glagolitic Mass
  • Kodaly - Psalmus Hungaricus
  • Orff - Carmina Burana
  • Poulenc - Gloria
  • Poulenc - Mass in G Major
  • Poulenc - Quatre Motets pour le temps Noel
  • Poulenc - Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence
  • Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms
  • Stravinsky - Les Noces
  • Stravinsky - Mass
  • Walton - Belshazzar's Feast

####Post-War (c.1945 onwards)

  • Bernstein - Mass
  • Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
  • Britten - War Requiem
  • Britten - A Ceremony of Carols
  • Ligeti - Requiem
  • Penderecki - St. Luke Passion
  • Tippett - A Child of Our Time

####Appendix - Choral Symphonies

  • Beethoven - Symphony 9
  • Liszt - Dante Symphony
  • Liszt - Faust Symphony
  • Mahler - Symphonies 2, 3 and 8
  • Mendelssohn - Symphony 2
  • Rachmaninoff - The Bells
  • Shostakovich - Symphony 13
  • Sibelius - Kullervo
  • Vaughan Williams - Symphony 1
6 Comments
2012/11/18
01:02 UTC

27

Keyboard Music Index

###Keyboard Music

Keyboard music is any music written for solo organ, harpsichord, piano, fortepiano or any other keyboard instrument. For convenience, piano four-hands pieces and works for two pianos have also been included here. Although some works were originally written for one instrument, they can be (and often are) performed on different keyboard instruments. Harpsichord works, for example, are frequently played on the piano, while works originally written on the fortepiano are often played on the modern piano, although the historically informed performance movement has changed this in recent decades.

Below is a list of some of the most important works of the genre, organised alphabetically by era. Particularly important works are highlighted in bold.

####Renaissance (c.1400 - c.1600)

  • John Bull - Keyboard Works
  • John Bull - Organ Works
  • Byrd - Keyboard Works
  • Cabezón - Tientos y Glosados
  • Gibbons - Keyboard Works
  • Sweelinck - Harpsichord Works, particularly the Fantasias and Toccatas
  • Sweelinck - Organ Works

####Baroque (c.1600 - c.1750)

  • d'Anglebert - Harpsichord Suites
  • JS Bach - The Art of Fugue (this piece has no fixed instrumentation but is often played on a keyboard instrument of some kind)
  • JS Bach - The Musical Offering (a collection of pieces, some of which are for keyboard)
  • JS Bach - Goldberg Variations
  • JS Bach - The Well-Tempered Clavier
  • JS Bach - Keyboard Partitas
  • JS Bach - French Suites
  • JS Bach - English Suites
  • JS Bach - Two and three part Inventions
  • JS Bach - Toccatas for Harpsichord
  • JS Bach - Italian Concerto
  • JS Bach - Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
  • JS Bach - Organ Works – particularly BWV 565, 582, 564, 552, 572, 542, 538, 645, 543, 532, 544, 590, 650, 548, 533, 562, 593, 588, 578
  • JS Bach - Clavier-Übung III
  • JS Bach - Leipzig Chorales
  • JS Bach - Schübler Chorales
  • JS Bach - Orgelbüchlein
  • JS Bach - Trio Sonatas for Organ
  • Buxtehude - Organ Works
  • Couperin - Pièces de clavecin, particularly Les Barricades Mystérieuses
  • Fischer - Pièces de Clavessin
  • Frescobaldi- Toccatas
  • Frescobaldi- Caprices
  • Frescobaldi - Fiori musicali
  • Froberger - Harpsichord Suites
  • Froberger - Toccatas
  • Froberger - Partitas
  • Froberger - Fantasia
  • Handel - Suites for Harpsichord, particularly No.5
  • Pachelbel - Organ Works
  • Rameau - Pièces de Clavecin
  • Rameau - Pieces de clavecin en concert
  • Rameau - Nouvelles Suites for Harpsichord
  • Domenico Scarlatti - Keyboard Sonatas – particularly K. 9, 87, 380, 141, 492, 491, 247, 159, 208, 27, 69, 96, 427, 25, 30, 481, 32, 8, 132, 519, 1, 3, 490, 517, 513, 11, 239, 123, 112, 146, 466, and 193
  • Seixas - Harpsichord Sonatas
  • Trabaci - Keyboard Music

####Classical (c.1750 – c.1820)

  • CPE Bach - Prussian and Württemberg Keyboard Sonatas
  • CPE Bach - La Caroline
  • CPE Bach - Solfeggietto
  • WF Bach - Fantasias for Keyboard
  • WF Bach - Polonaises for Keyboard
  • Franz Joseph Haydn - Piano Sonatas, particularly No.62
  • Mozart - Piano Sonatas, particularly 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Mozart - Sonatas for Two Pianos
  • Mozart - Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”
  • Mozart - Fantasia in D Minor
  • Mozart - Fantasia in C Minor
  • Soler - Harpsichord Sonatas

####Early Romantic (c.1800 – c.1850)

  • Beethoven - Piano Sonatas, particularly 8, 14, 15, 17, 21, 23, 26, 29, 30, 31 and 32
  • Beethoven - Bagatelles, Op. 119 and Op.126
  • Beethoven - Für Elise
  • Beethoven - Rondo a Capriccio
  • Beethoven - Diabelli Variations
  • Beethoven - Eroica Variations (aka Prometheus Variations)
  • Beethoven - 32 Variations on an Original Theme
  • Beethoven - Fantasy in G Minor, Op.77
  • Chopin - Ballades 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Chopin - Études Op.10 and Op.25
  • Chopin - Impromptus, particularly Fantasie-Impromptu
  • Chopin - Fantasie in F Minor, Op.49
  • Chopin - Mazurkas
  • Chopin - Nocturnes
  • Chopin - Waltzes
  • Chopin - Berceuse, Op.57
  • Chopin - Barcarolle, Op.60
  • Chopin - Scherzos 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Chopin - Piano Sonatas 2 and 3
  • Chopin - Polonaises, particularly Op.40 No.1 and Op.53
  • Chopin - Préludes, Op.28
  • Chopin - Tarantelle, Op.43
  • Chopin - Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante
  • Field - Nocturnes
  • Hummel - Piano Sonatas
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Rondo Capriccioso
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Organ Sonatas 1 and 6
  • Schubert - Piano Sonatas – particularly 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21
  • Schubert - Wanderer Fantasy
  • Schubert - Fantasia in F Minor for piano four hands
  • Schubert - Grand Duo for piano four hands
  • Schubert - Impromptus D.899 and 935
  • Schubert - Drei Klavierstücke D.946
  • Schubert - Moments Musicaux
  • Schubert - Marche Militaire 1
  • Schubert - Lebensstürme
  • Clara Schumann - Piano Music
  • Robert Schumann - Kreisleriana
  • Robert Schumann - Carnaval
  • Robert Schumann - Arabeske
  • Robert Schumann - Fantasy in C major Op.17
  • Robert Schumann - Humoreske
  • Robert Schumann - Piano Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Robert Schumann - Symphonic Studies
  • Robert Schumann - Toccata
  • Robert Schumann - Papillons
  • Robert Schumann - Davidsbündlertänze
  • Robert Schumann - Fantasiestücke
  • Robert Schumann - Nachtstücke
  • Robert Schumann - Faschingsschwank aus Wien
  • Robert Schumann - Kinderszenen
  • Weber - Invitation to the Dance
  • Weber - Piano Sonatas 1-4

####High Romantic (c.1850 – c.1890)

  • Alkan - Concerto for Solo Piano
  • Alkan - Symphony for Solo Piano
  • Alkan - Grande Sonate ‘Les Quatres Ages’
  • Alkan - Le Festin d’Esope
  • Alkan - Préludes, Op.31
  • Alkan - Études, Op.35
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dances
  • Brahms - Handel Variations
  • Brahms - Paganini Variations
  • Brahms - Op.39 Waltzes for Piano Four-Hands
  • Brahms - Klavierstücke, Op.76
  • Brahms - Rhapsodies, Op.79
  • Brahms - Fantasien, Op.116
  • Brahms - Intermezzi, Op.117
  • Brahms - Klavierstücke, Op.118
  • Brahms - Klavierstücke, Op.119
  • Brahms - Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
  • Dvořák - Humoresques, particularly No.4
  • Franck - Organ Works
  • Franck - Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
  • Gottschalk - Piano Works
  • Grieg - Lyric Pieces for Piano, particularly Wedding day at Troldhaugen
  • Liszt - Années de Pèlerinage 1, 2 and 3
  • Liszt - Mephisto Waltz No.1
  • Liszt - Totentanz
  • Liszt - Piano Sonata in B Minor
  • Liszt - Transcendental Études
  • Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsodies
  • Liszt - Rhapsodie espagnole
  • Liszt - Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, particularly Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude
  • Liszt - Three Concert Études S.144
  • Liszt - Grand Galop chromatique
  • Liszt - Deux Légendes S.175
  • Liszt - Weihnachtsbaum
  • Liszt - Liebesträume, particularly No.3
  • Liszt - Grandes études de Paganini, particularly La Campanella
  • Liszt - Operatic Paraphrases
  • Liszt - Schubert Lieder Transcriptions
  • Liszt - Fantasia and Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
  • Liszt - Fantasia and Fugue on Ad Nos, Ad Salutarum Undam
  • Liszt - Late Piano Works – particularly Nuages gris, La lugubre gondola, Unstern and Bagatelle sans tonalité
  • Moszkowski - Piano Music – particularly Étincelles
  • Reubke - The 94th Psalm
  • Tchaikovsky - The Seasons
  • Widor - Toccata from Symphony For Organ No.5

####Late Romantic (c.1880 – c.1930)

  • Albeniz - Ibéria
  • Busoni - Fantasia contrappuntistica
  • Busoni - Elegies
  • Busoni - Transcription of the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No.2 for Solo Violin
  • Elgar - Organ Sonata
  • Elgar - Concert Allegro
  • Fauré - Barcarolles
  • Fauré - Nocturnes
  • Fauré - Preludes
  • Fauré - Dolly Suite
  • Fauré - Souvenirs de Bayreuth
  • Granados - Goyescas
  • Granados - Spanish Dances
  • Horowitz - Variations on a theme from Carmen
  • Lyapunov - Transcendental Études
  • Medtner - Piano Sonatas, particularly 1, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12
  • Medtner - Skazki
  • Medtner - Forgotten Melodies Op.38, 39, 40
  • Rachmaninoff - Preludes Op.23 and Op.32
  • Rachmaninoff - Études Op.33 and Op.39
  • Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3, No.2
  • Rachmaninoff - Piano Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Reger - Organ Works
  • Satie - Gymnopédies
  • Satie - Gnoissiennes
  • Scriabin - Piano Sonatas, particularly 5, 8, 9 and 10
  • Scriabin - Piano Études
  • Scriabin - Piano Preludes

####Modernist (c.1900 – c.1945)

  • Barber - Piano Sonata
  • Bartok - Allegro Barbaro
  • Bartok - Piano Sonatina
  • Bartok - Out of Doors
  • Bartok - Mikrokosmos
  • Berg - Piano Sonata
  • Copland - Piano Variations
  • Debussy - Suite Bergamasque
  • Debussy - Préludes for Piano
  • Debussy - Children’s Corner
  • Debussy - Arabesques
  • Debussy - Estampes
  • Debussy - Pour le piano
  • Debussy - Études for Piano
  • Debussy - Images for Piano
  • Debussy - L'Isle joyeuse
  • Gershwin - Three Preludes
  • Ginastera - Piano Sonata
  • Hindemith - Piano Sonatas
  • Ives - Piano Sonata 2
  • Janácek - Piano Sonata "October 1, 1905"
  • Janácek - On An Overgrown Path
  • Janácek - In the Mists
  • Joplin - Piano Music
  • Poulenc - Piano Works
  • Prokofiev - Piano Sonatas, particularly 6, 7, and 8
  • Prokofiev - Visions Fugitives
  • Prokofiev - Sarcasms
  • Prokofiev - Toccata
  • Ravel - Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte
  • Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit
  • Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Ravel - Miroirs
  • Ravel - Jeux d’eau
  • Ravel - Sonatine
  • Ravel - Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  • Ravel - Other piano music
  • Schoenberg - Drei Klavierstücke, Op. 11
  • Schoenberg - Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19
  • Schoenberg - Fünf Klavierstücke, Op.23
  • Schoenberg - Suite für Klavier, Op.25
  • Shostakovich - 24 Preludes and Fugues
  • Shostakovich - Piano Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Stravinsky - Piano Sonata (1924)
  • Turina - Piano Music

####Post-War (c.1945 onwards)

  • Barraqué - Piano Sonata
  • Boulez - Piano Sonatas 1, 2 and 3
  • Cage - Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
  • Carter - Piano Sonata
  • Kapustin - Piano Music
  • Ligeti - Continuum
  • Ligeti - Études
  • Ligeti - Two Studies for Organ
  • Ligeti - Musica Ricercata
  • Messiaen - Organ Works, particularly Apparition de l'église éternelle, Diptyque, La Nativité du Seigneur, Les Corps Glorieux, Messe de la Pentecôte
  • Messiaen - Catalogue d'oiseaux
  • Messiaen - Quatre Études de rythme
  • Messiaen - Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
  • Messiaen - La Nativite du Seigneur
  • Messiaen - Messe de la Pentecôte
  • Messiaen - Livre du Saint-Sacrement
  • Mompou - Piano Music
  • Nancarrow - Studies for Player Piano
  • Rzewski - The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
  • Takemitsu - Piano Music

####Minimalism (c.1965 onwards)

  • Glass - Solo Piano
  • Pärt - Für Alina
  • Young - The Well-Tuned Piano
6 Comments
2012/11/17
21:26 UTC

21

Chamber Music Index

###Chamber Music

Chamber music is written for a small number of musicians, the lower limit being two, while the upper limit (although not strictly fixed) extends to around thirteen musicians. Common types of chamber music include string quartets (two violins, a viola and a cello), string quintets (usually two violins, a viola and two cellos), piano trios (piano, violin, cello), piano quartets (piano, violin, viola, cello), violin sonatas (violin and piano), cello sonatas (cello and piano) and so on. The name "chamber music" is derived from the fact that such a small number of musicians could easily be accommodated in a small chamber of a palace, rather than a large concert hall.

Below is a list of some of the most important works of the genre, organised alphabetically by era. Particularly important works are highlighted in bold.

####Baroque (c.1600 - c.1750)

  • Albinoni - Trio Sonatas
  • JS Bach - Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering,
  • JS Bach - Flute Sonatas
  • JS Bach - Viola da Gamba Sonatas
  • Biber - Mystery Sonatas
  • Biber - Violin Sonatas
  • Biber - Trio Sonatas
  • Corelli - Violin Sonatas, Op.5,
  • Corelli - Trio Sonatas, Op.1 - 4
  • Geminiani - Violin Sonatas
  • Geminiani - Cello Sonatas
  • Handel - Flute Sonatas
  • Handel - Recorder Sonatas
  • Handel - Violin Sonatas
  • Handel - Oboe Sonatas
  • Handel - Trio Sonatas Op.2 and Op.5
  • Locatelli - Violin Sonatas
  • Locatelli - Flute Sonatas
  • Marais - Pièces de viole Books 1 - 5, Folies d'Espagne
  • Purcell - Sonatas of Three and Four Parts
  • Tartini - The “Devil’s Trill” Sonata
  • Telemann - Tafelmusik
  • Zelenka - Trio Sonatas

####Classical (c.1750 - c.1820)

  • Arne - Trio Sonatas
  • CPE Bach - Flute Sonatas
  • JC Bach - Quintets for Flute, Oboe and Strings, Op.11 and Op. 22
  • Boccherini - Guitar Quintets, particularly Fandango and La ritirada di Madrid
  • Boccherini - String Quintets, particularly La musica notturna di Madrid
  • Boccherini - Minuet from String Quintet in E major, Op. 11, No. 5
  • Danzi - Wind Quintets
  • Franz Joseph Haydn - String Quartets, particularly Op.20, Op.33, Op.64, Op.71, Op.74, Op.76, and Op.77
  • Franz Joseph Haydn - Piano Trios 18-45, particularly 39
  • Mozart - Flute Quartets 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Mozart - Oboe Quartet
  • Mozart - Piano Quartets 1 and 2
  • Mozart - String Quartets 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19
  • Mozart - Clarinet Quintet
  • Mozart - Horn Quintet
  • Mozart - Quintet for Piano and Winds
  • Mozart - String Quintet 4
  • Mozart - Divertimento (String Trio)
  • Mozart - Sonatas for Two Pianos
  • Mozart - Violin Sonatas
  • Mozart - Piano Trios

####Early Romantic (c.1800 – c.1850)

  • Beethoven - String Quartets, particularly 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and Grosse Fuge
  • Beethoven - Quintet for Piano and Winds
  • Beethoven - Clarinet Trio
  • Beethoven - Wind Octet
  • Beethoven - Septet
  • Beethoven - String Trios
  • Beethoven - Cello Sonatas 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Beethoven - Violin Sonatas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
  • Beethoven - Piano Trios 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
  • Chopin - Cello Sonata
  • Giuliani - Duets for Flute and Guitar
  • Hummel - Piano Trios, Septets 1 and 2
  • Fanny Mendelssohn - Piano Trio
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Octet
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Piano Trios 1 and 2
  • Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartets 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • Felix Mendelssohn - String Quintet 2
  • Felix Mendelssohn - Cello Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Reicha - Wind Quintets
  • Schubert - Piano Trios 1 and 2, and the Notturno
  • Schubert - String Quartets13, 14, 15 and Quartettsatz D.703
  • Schubert - String Quintet
  • Schubert - Trout Quintet
  • Schubert - Rondo brillant
  • Schubert - Fantasy in C Major D.934
  • Schubert - Arpeggione Sonata
  • Schubert - Trockne Blumen Variations
  • Schubert - Octet
  • Schubert - Violin Sonata D.574
  • Schubert - Fantasia in F Minor for piano four hands
  • Schubert - Grand Duo for piano four hands
  • Clara Schumann - Piano Trio
  • Robert Schumann - Piano Quartet
  • Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet
  • Robert Schumann - Piano Trios 1, 2 and 3
  • Robert Schumann - Violin Sonatas 1, 2 and 3
  • Robert Schumann - String Quartets 1, 2 and 3
  • Spohr - Double Quartets
  • Weber - Clarinet Quintet
  • Weber - Grand Duo Concertant

####High Romantic (c.1850 – c.1890)

  • Borodin - String Quartet 2
  • Brahms - Clarinet Trio
  • Brahms - Clarinet Quintet
  • Brahms - Horn Trio
  • Brahms - Cello Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Brahms - Clarinet Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Brahms - Violin Sonatas 1, 2 and 3
  • Brahms - Piano Trios 1, 2 and 3
  • Brahms - Piano Quartets 1, 2 and 3
  • Brahms - String Quartets 1, 2 and 3
  • Brahms - String Quintets 1 and 2
  • Brahms - String Sextets 1 and 2
  • Brahms - Piano Quintet
  • Dvořák - Serenade for Winds
  • Dvořák - String Quartets, particularly 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Dvořák - String Quintets 2 and 3
  • Dvořák - Piano Trios 3 and 4
  • Dvořák - Piano Quintet 2
  • Dvořák - Piano Quartet 2
  • Dvořák - Sonatina for Violin and Piano
  • Dvořák - Romantic Pieces, Op.75
  • Dvořák - Bagatelles
  • Franck - Violin Sonata
  • Grieg - String Quartet
  • Grieg - Violin Sonata 3
  • Grieg - Cello Sonata
  • Saint-Saens - Piano Trios
  • Smetana - String Quartet 1
  • Smetana - Piano Trio
  • Tchaikovsky - Piano Trio
  • Tchaikovsky - String Quartet No.1
  • Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence
  • Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d’un lieu cher
  • Verdi - String Quartet

####Late Romantic (c.1880 – c.1930)

  • Arensky - Piano Trio 1
  • Bridge - String Quartets
  • Bruckner - String Quintet
  • Bruckner - String Quartet
  • Elgar - Piano Quintet
  • Elgar - String Quartet
  • Elgar - Violin Sonata
  • Fauré - Piano Quartets 1 and 2
  • Fauré - Piano Quintets 1 and 2
  • Fauré - Piano Trio
  • Fauré - Violin Sonata 1
  • Glazunov - String Quartets
  • Glazunov - String Quintet
  • Mahler - Piano Quartet Movement
  • Moeran - String Quartets
  • Moeran - String Trio
  • Nielsen - Wind Quintet
  • Rachmaninoff - Piano Trios 1 and 2
  • Rachmaninoff - Cello Sonata
  • Reger - String Quartets
  • Reger - Clarinet Quintet
  • Reger - Violin Sonatas
  • Franz Schmidt - String Quartets
  • Sibelius - String Quartet, Op.56
  • Richard Strauss - Violin Sonata
  • Richard Strauss - Sextet from Capriccio

####Modernist (c.1900 – c.1945)

  • Bartok - 44 Duos for Two Violins
  • Bartok - String Quartets 1-6
  • Bartok - Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
  • Bartok - Contrasts
  • Berg - Lyric Suite for String Quartet
  • Berg - String Quartet, Op.3
  • Berg - Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op.5
  • Britten - String Quartets
  • Debussy - String Quartet
  • Debussy - Cello Sonata
  • Debussy - Violin Sonata
  • Debussy - Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Ginastera - String Quartets
  • Hindemith - Viola Sonatas
  • Hindemith - Kammermusik 1-7
  • Hindemith - String Quartets
  • Ives - String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Ives - Piano Trio
  • Janácek - String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Janácek - Pohádka For Cello & Piano
  • Janácek - Violin Sonata
  • Poulenc - Sextet for Piano and Winds
  • Poulenc - Flute Sonata
  • Poulenc - Clarinet Sonata
  • Poulenc - Oboe Sonata
  • Poulenc - Cello Sonata
  • Poulenc - Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
  • Prokofiev - String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Prokofiev - Quintet, Overture on Hebrew Themes
  • Prokofiev - Flute Sonata
  • Prokofiev - Violin Sonatas
  • Ravel - Piano Trio
  • Ravel - String Quartet
  • Ravel - Introduction and Allegro
  • Ravel - Violin Sonata
  • Schoenberg - String Quartets
  • Schoenberg - String Trio, Op.45
  • Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht
  • Shostakovich - Piano Quintet
  • Shostakovich - Piano Trio 2
  • Shostakovich - String Quartets, particularly 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
  • Shostakovich - Cello Sonata
  • Shostakovich - Violin Sonata
  • Shostakovich - Viola Sonata
  • Stravinsky - Octet
  • Stravinsky - Septet
  • Villa-Lobos - String Quartets
  • Webern - String Quartet, Op.28
  • Webern - Five Movements for String Quartet, Op.5
  • Webern - Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op.9

####Post-War (c.1945 onwards)

  • Cage - Music for String Quartet
  • Carter - String Quartets 1-5
  • Crumb - Black Angels
  • Dutilleux - String Quartet: Ainsi la nuit
  • Feldman - String Quartets
  • Ligeti - Cello Sonata
  • Ligeti - Horn Trio
  • Ligeti - String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Ligeti - Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
  • Lutoslawski - String Quartet
  • Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time
  • Schnittke - String Quartets

####Minimalist (c.1965 onwards)

  • John Adams - Shaker Loops
  • Glass - String Quartets
  • Nyman - String Quartets
  • Pärt -Spiegel im Spiegel
0 Comments
2012/11/16
22:01 UTC

24

Composer Index: Renaissance

######Renaissance (c.1400 - c.1600)

This is an alphabetical index of important composers and their works, organised by era. Particularly important pieces are in bold:

####Agricola

  • Chansons
  • Masses
  • Magnificat
  • Motets

####Binchois

  • Chansons
  • Masses

####Brumel

  • Masses, particularly Missa Et ecce terrae motus
  • Requiem

####John Bull

  • Keyboard Works
  • Organ Works

####Busnois/Busnoys

  • Masses

####Byrd

  • Mass for Three Voices
  • Mass for Four Voices
  • Mass for Five Voices
  • Keyboard Works
  • Consort Music
  • Gradualia
  • Madrigals
  • Motets
  • Anthems
  • Great Service

####Cabezón

  • Tientos y Glosados

####Caccini

  • Il rapimento di Cefalo
  • Euridice
  • Le nuove musiche

####Carver

  • Masses

####Cornago

  • Missa de la Mappa Mundi

####Cornysh

  • Stabat Mater

####Dowland

  • First, Second and Third Booke of Songes
  • A Pilgrim’s Solace
  • Lachrimae
  • Lute Music

####Dufay

  • Masses
  • Chansons
  • Motets

####Fayrfax

  • Masses
  • Magnificats

####Walter Frye

  • Masses

####Giovanni Gabrieli

  • Canzoni

####Gesualdo

  • Madrigals
  • Tenebrae
  • Sacred Music for Five Voices

####Gibbons

  • Anthems
  • Fantasias
  • Consorts
  • Keyboard Works

####Gombert

  • Magnificats
  • Salve Regina
  • Credo
  • Masses, particularly Missa Tempore paschali

####Heinrich Isaac

  • Masses

####Janequin

  • Chansons

####Josquin

  • Masses, particularly Missa Pange Lingua and Missa l'homme armé
  • Ave Maria
  • Motets
  • Chansons
  • Stabat Mater

####Pierre de la Rue

  • Requiem
  • Magnificats
  • Salve Reginas
  • Masses
  • Officium

####Lassus

  • Requiem
  • Magnificat
  • Motets
  • Prophetiae Sibyllarum
  • Penitential Psalms
  • Madrigals

####Morales

  • Masses
  • Magnificat
  • Motets
  • Lamentations
  • Officium Defunctorum

####Ockeghem

  • Requiem
  • Masses

####Palestrina

  • Masses – particularly the Missa Papae Marcelli
  • Motets
  • Stabat Mater

####Richafort

  • Requiem

####Sweelinck

  • Harpsichord Works – Fantasias and Toccatas
  • Organ Works

####Tallis

  • Spem in Alium
  • Lamentations of Jeremiah
  • Masses
  • Motets

####Taverner

  • Masses

####Victoria

  • Masses
  • Motets
  • Requiem "Officium defunctorum"

####Willaert

  • Madrigals
  • Missa Christus Resurgens

####Wolkenstein

  • Songs
  • Ballads

####Multiple Composers

  • The Eton Choirbook
5 Comments
2012/11/16
17:05 UTC

14

Composer Index: Post-War

######Post-War (c.1945 onwards)

This is an alphabetical index of important composers and their works, organised by era. Particularly important pieces are in bold:

####Babbitt

  • Piano Concerto
  • Philomel
  • Electronic Works
  • String Quartets
  • Piano Music

####Barraqué

  • Clarinet Concerto
  • Piano Sonata

####Berio

  • Sequenzas
  • Chemins
  • Sinfonia
  • Laborintus 2
  • Rendering

####Bernstein

  • Symphonies 1, 2 and 3
  • West Side Story
  • Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
  • Serenade after Plato's Symposium
  • Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  • Chichester Psalms
  • Mass
  • Fancy Free
  • Dybbuk
  • On the Waterfront
  • Candide
  • Trouble in Tahiti

####Birtwistle

  • Earth Dances
  • Gawain
  • Night’s Black Bird
  • The Minotaur
  • The Mask of Orpheus

####Boulez

  • Rituel In Memory of Bruno Maderna
  • Derives 1 and 2
  • Pli selon pli
  • Le marteau sans maître
  • …explosante-fixe…
  • Sur Incises
  • Messagesquisse
  • Anthemes II
  • Piano Sonatas 1, 2 and 3
  • Dialogue de l'ombre double
  • Domaines
  • Notations
  • Rèpons
  • Structures
  • Eclat
  • Multiples

####Cage

  • Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra
  • Constructions for Percussion
  • Music for String Quartet
  • Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

####Carter

  • Concerto for Orchestra
  • Symphonia: sum fluxae pretium spei
  • String Quartets 1-5
  • Clarinet Concerto
  • Oboe Concerto
  • A Celebration of Some 100 x 150 Notes
  • Holiday Overture
  • Piano Sonata

####Copland

  • Appalachian Spring
  • Rodeo
  • Billy the Kid
  • Quiet City
  • Lincoln Portrait
  • El Salón México
  • Piano Concerto
  • Clarinet Concerto
  • Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Symphony 3
  • Piano Variations

####Corigliano

  • Symphonies 1 and 2
  • The Ghosts of Versailles
  • Piano Concerto

####Crumb

  • Black Angels
  • Ancient Voices of Children
  • Makrokosmos

####Dallapiccola

  • Tartiniana
  • Piccola musica notturna
  • Frammenti sinfonici
  • Variazioni
  • Il Prigionieto
  • Partita

####Dutilleux

  • Symphonies 1 and 2
  • Timbres, espace, movement
  • Sur le même accord
  • The Shadows of Time
  • Metaboles
  • L'Arbe des songes (Violin Concerto)
  • Cello Concerto (Tout un monde lointain)
  • Le Loup
  • Mystere de l'instant
  • String Quartet: Ainsi la nuit

####Ferneyhough

  • String Quartets
  • Terrain
  • Funérailles
  • Flurries
  • String Trio
  • La Chute d’Icare

####Górecki

  • Symphony 3

####Henze

  • Symphonies
  • String Quartets
  • El Cimmaron
  • Violin Concertos
  • Barcarola
  • Ondine

####Dello Joio

  • Air Power
  • Piano Works

####Kapustin

  • Piano Music

####Kokkonen

  • Symphony 4

####Kurtág

  • Music for String Instruments
  • Kafka-Fragmente
  • Stele

####Ligeti

  • Atmosphères
  • Aventures
  • Nouvelles Aventures
  • Melodien
  • Poème symphonique
  • Lontano
  • Lux aeterna
  • Apparitions
  • Cello Concerto
  • Violin Concerto
  • Piano Concerto
  • Continuum
  • Études
  • Two Studies for Organ
  • Musica Ricercata
  • Cello Sonata
  • Horn Trio
  • String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
  • Le Grand Macabre
  • Requiem

####Lutoslawski

  • Symphony 3
  • Cello Concerto
  • Piano Concerto
  • Concerto for Oboe, Harp and Chamber Orchestra
  • Concerto for Orchestra
  • Chains 2 and 3
  • Dance Preludes
  • Funeral Music
  • Les Espaces du Sommeil
  • Venetian Games
  • String Quartet

####Menotti

  • The Telephone
  • The Consul
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors

####Messiaen

  • Turangalîla-Symphonie
  • Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum
  • Chronochromie
  • Organ Works, particularly Apparition de l'église éternelle, Diptyque, La Nativité du Seigneur, Les Corps Glorieux, Messe de la Pentecôte
  • Catalogue d'oiseaux
  • Concert à quatre
  • Des canyons aux étoile
  • Eclairs sur l'Au-Delà
  • L'Ascension
  • Transfiguration du Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ
  • Trois Petites Liturgies de la Présence Divine
  • Quatre Études de rythme
  • Thème et variations
  • La Merle Noir
  • Quartet for the End of Time
  • Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
  • Saint François d'Assise

####Nancarrow

  • Studies for Player Piano

####Nono

  • Como Una Ola De Fuerza Y Luz
  • Sofferte Onde Serene
  • Contrappunto Dialettico Alla Mente
  • Fragmente
  • Hay que caminar
  • Choral Works
  • Epitaffi
  • La lontanaza

####Nørgård

  • Symphonies
  • Violin Concertos
  • Luna
  • Piano Concerto
  • String Quartets

####Partch

  • Delusion of the Fury

####Penderecki

  • Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
  • Symphonies
  • Utrenja
  • De Natura Sonoris No.1 and No.2
  • The Dream of Jacob
  • Polymorphia
  • Anaklasis
  • Fonogrammi
  • Fluorescences
  • Cello Concertos
  • St Luke Passion
  • Polish Requiem
  • Te Deum

####Pettersson

  • Symphonies, particularly 7

####Piazzolla

  • Libertango
  • Tango: Zero Hour

####Piston

  • Symphonies
  • The Incredible Flutist

####Rautavaara

  • Cantus Arcticus
  • Symphonies, particularly 7 and 8
  • Piano Concertos

####Reynolds

  • Whispers Out of Time

####Rorem

  • Symphonies 1-3

####Rubbra

  • Symphonies

####Rzewski

  • The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

####Sallinen

  • Symphonies
  • Concertos

####Scelsi

  • Quattro pezzi per orchestra
  • Hurqualia
  • Aion
  • Hymnos
  • Chukrum
  • Anahit
  • Uaxuctum
  • Konx-Om-Pax
  • Pfhat
  • String Quartets
  • Natura renovator
  • Elohim
  • Anagamin
  • Maknongan

####Schnittke

  • Symphonies, particularly 3 and 4
  • Cello Concertos 1 and 2
  • Concerti Grossi
  • String Quartets

####Schuman

  • Symphonies
  • New England Triptych

####Sessions

  • Symphonies

####Simpson

  • Symphonies

####Stockhausen

  • Klavierstücke
  • Kontakte
  • Mantra
  • Stimmung
  • Licht
  • Gruppen
  • Momente
  • Mikrophonie
  • Aus der sieben Tagen
  • Tierkreis
  • Inori
  • Kontra-Punkte
  • Gesang der Jünglinge
  • Zyklus for solo Percussionist
  • Refrain for three instrumentalists
  • Hymnen
  • Helicopter Quartet

####Subotnick

  • Silver Apples of the Moon

####Takemitsu

  • November Steps
  • Film Music
  • From me flows what you call Time
  • Twill by Twilight
  • Requiem
  • Piano Music
  • Chamber Music
  • A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden
  • I Hear the Water Dreaming
  • Toward the Sea

####Tavener

  • The Protecting Veil
  • The Lamb
  • Song for Athene
  • Funeral Ikos
  • Magnificat and Nunc dimittis
  • Angels

####Tippett

  • A Child of Our Time
  • Concerto for Double String Orchestra
  • Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

####Weinberg

  • Symphonies
  • Concertos

####Xenakis

  • Metastatis
  • Palimpsest
  • Pithoprakta
  • Jonchaies
  • Tetras
  • Oresteia
  • Rebonds B
0 Comments
2012/11/16
16:52 UTC

13

Composer Index: Modernism

######Modernism (c.1900 – c.1945)

This is an alphabetical index of important composers and their works, organised by era. Particularly important pieces are in bold:

####Alain

  • Organ Works

####Alwyn

  • Lyra Angelica Harp Concerto
  • Symphonies

####Antheil

  • Ballet Mechanique
  • Symphonies
  • Piano Concertos
  • Film Scores

####Arnold

  • Symphonies
  • English Dances, Sets 1 and 2
  • Tam O’Shanter Overture
  • Divertimento, Op.37

####Atterberg

  • Symphonies
  • Piano Concerto
  • Violin Concerto

####Bacewicz

  • Music for Strings, Five Trumpets and Percussion
  • Sinfonietta
  • Symphony
  • Concerto for Strings
  • Violin Concertos

####Barber

  • Adagio for Strings
  • Violin Concerto
  • Symphonies 1 and 2
  • Piano Concerto
  • First and Second Essays for Orchestra
  • The School for Scandal Overture
  • Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra
  • Cello Concerto
  • Capricorn Concerto
  • Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
  • Medea Suite
  • Mutations from Bach
  • Knoxville, Summer of 1915
  • Summer Music for Wind Quintet
  • Piano Sonata
  • Vanessa

####Bartok

  • Concerto for Orchestra
  • Piano Concertos 1, 2 and 3
  • Violin Concertos 1 and 2
  • Viola Concerto
  • Rhapsodies for Violin and Orchestra 1 and 2
  • String Quartets
  • Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta
  • Four Orchestral Pieces, Op.12
  • Divertimento for Strings
  • Hungarian Sketches
  • Two Pictures
  • Dance Suite
  • Romanian Folk Dances
  • The Miraculous Mandarin
  • The Wooden Prince
  • Solo Violin Sonata
  • Violin Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Allegro Barbaro
  • Piano Sonata
  • Piano Sonatina
  • Out of Doors
  • 44 Duos for Two Violins
  • Mikrokosmos
  • Two Elegies
  • For Children
  • Four Dirges
  • Fourteen Bagatelles
  • Nine Little Piano Pieces
  • Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
  • Contrasts
  • Cantata Profana
  • Bluebeard’s Castle

####Berg

  • Violin Concerto
  • Lulu Suite
  • Lyric Suite for String Quartet
  • Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op.6
  • Chamber Concerto
  • Piano Sonata
  • String Quartet, Op.3
  • Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op.5
  • Seven Early Songs
  • Altenberg Lieder
  • Der Wein
  • Wozzeck
  • Lulu

####Britten

  • War Requiem
  • Sinfonia da Requiem
  • The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
  • Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
  • Simple Symphony
  • Cello Suites
  • Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
  • The Prince of the Pagodas
  • String Quartets
  • Violin Concerto
  • Piano Concerto
  • Cello Symphony
  • Sinfonietta
  • Ceremony of Carols
  • Peter Grimes, particularly The Four Sea Interludes
  • The Turn of the Screw
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Rape of Lucretia
  • Death in Venice
  • Albert Herring
  • Billy Budd

####Crawford-Seeger

  • String Quartet

####Debussy

  • Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
  • La Mer
  • Nocturnes for Orchestra and Chorus
  • Images for Orchestra
  • Danse sacrée et danse profane
  • Jeux
  • Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien
  • Suite Bergamasque
  • Préludes for Piano
  • Children’s Corner
  • Arabesques
  • Estampes
  • Pour le piano
  • Études for Piano
  • Images for Piano
  • L'Isle joyeuse
  • String Quartet
  • Cello Sonata
  • Violin Sonata
  • Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Pelleas et Mélisande

####Diamond

  • Symphonies
  • Rounds
  • String Quartets

####Eisler

  • Deutsche Sinfonie

####Finzi

  • Clarinet Concerto
  • Cello Concerto
  • Dies Natalis
  • Five Bagatelles

####Gershwin

  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Second Rhapsody
  • Piano Concerto
  • An American in Paris
  • Cuban Overture
  • Shall we Dance, particularly Walking the Dog
  • Variations on "I Got Rhythm"
  • Three Preludes
  • Blue Monday
  • Sleepless Night
  • March and Overture from Strike up the Band
  • Catfish Row
  • Porgy and Bess

####Ginastera

  • Panambi
  • Estancia
  • Harp Concerto
  • Piano Concertos 1 and 2
  • String Quartets
  • Piano Sonata
  • Danzas Argentinas

####Harrison

  • Gamelan Works
  • Piano Concerto
  • Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra
  • La Koro Sutro

####Hartmann

  • Symphonies
  • Concerto Funebre

####Hindemith

  • Mathis der Maler
  • Viola Sonatas
  • Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes of Weber
  • Kammermusik 1-7
  • A Requiem for Those We Love
  • String Quartets
  • Ludus Tonalis
  • Cello Concertos
  • Der Schwanendreher
  • Piano Sonatas
  • Die Harmonie Der Welt
  • Suite ‘1922’
  • Nobilissima Visione

####Holst

  • The Planets
  • St Paul’s Suite
  • Brook Green Suite
  • First and Second Suites for Military Band
  • First Choral Symphony
  • Choral Fantasia

####Honegger

  • Pacific 231
  • Symphonies, particularly 3
  • Le Roi David
  • Concerto da camera

####Ibert

  • Divertissement
  • Escales

####Ives

  • Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Holidays Symphony
  • Universe Symphony
  • Central Park in the Dark
  • The Unanswered Question
  • Piano Sonata 2
  • Three Places in New England
  • String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Piano Trio

####Janácek

  • Sinfonietta
  • Taras Bulba
  • Glagolitic Mass
  • String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Pohádka For Cello & Piano
  • Violin Sonata
  • Piano Sonata "October 1, 1905"
  • On An Overgrown Path
  • In the Mists
  • The Cunning Little Vixen
  • Jenůfa
  • Kát'a Kabanová
  • Vec Makropulos
  • From the House of the Dead
  • The Diary of One Who Disappeared

####Joplin

  • Treemonisha
  • Piano Music

####Khachaturian

  • Gayane
  • Masquerade
  • Spartacus
  • Piano Concerto
  • Violin Concerto
  • Cello Concerto
  • Dance Suite
  • Symphonies 1, 2 and 3

####Kodaly

  • Concerto for Orchestra
  • Dances of Galánta
  • Dances of Marosszék
  • Háry János Suite
  • Summer Evening
  • Peacock Variations
  • Theatre Overture
  • Symphony in C
  • Psalmus Hungaricus
  • Solo Cello Sonata

####Krenek

  • Symphonies
  • String Quartets
  • Piano Works

####Larsson

  • Förklädd gud
  • Symphonies 1-3
  • Pastorale Suite

####Lilburn

  • A Song of Islands
  • Aotearoa Overture
  • Forest
  • Symphonies 1-3

####Martin

  • Mass
  • Petite Symphonie Concertante
  • Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments

####Martinů

  • Symphonies, particularly 4 and 6
  • Oboe Concerto
  • Cello Concertos 1 and 2
  • Piano Concertos 1-5
  • Concerto Grosso
  • Violin Concertos 1 and 2
  • Harpsichord Concerto
  • Double Concerto for 2 String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani
  • Frescoes of Piero della Francesca

####Milhaud

  • La Création du Monde
  • Le boeuf sur le toit
  • Suite Provençale
  • Symphonies
  • Saudades do Brasil
  • La cheminée du roi René

####Mompou

  • Piano Music

####Mosolov

  • Iron Foundry

####Myaskovsky

  • Symphonies 1 - 27
  • Cello Concerto

####Orff

  • Carmina Burana
  • Gassenhauer

####Poulenc

  • Organ Concerto
  • Concert champêtre
  • Piano Concerto
  • Concerto for Two Pianos
  • Sinfonietta
  • Les Biches
  • Sextet for Piano and Winds
  • Flute Sonata
  • Clarinet Sonata
  • Oboe Sonata
  • Cello Sonata
  • Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
  • Dialogue of the Carmelites
  • La voix humaine
  • Stabat Mater
  • Gloria
  • Piano Music
  • Songs

####Prokofiev

  • Symphonies, particularly 1 and 5
  • Piano Concertos, particularly 2 and 3
  • Violin Concertos 1 and 2
  • Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
  • Lieutenant Kijé Suite
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Cinderella
  • Peter and the Wolf
  • Ivan the Terrible
  • Scythian Suite
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Overture on Hebrew Themes
  • Piano Sonatas, particularly 6, 7, and 8
  • Visions Fugitives
  • Toccata
  • The Love for Three Oranges

####Ravel

  • Dapnis et Chloé
  • La Valse
  • Ma Mere L'oye
  • Alborada Del Gracioso
  • Rapsodie Espagnole
  • Bolero
  • Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte
  • Piano Concerto in G Major
  • Piano Concerto for the left hand
  • Tzigane
  • Piano Trio
  • String Quartet
  • Introduction and Allegro
  • Gaspard de la Nuit
  • Le Tombeau de Couperin
  • Miroirs
  • Jeux d’eau
  • Sonatine
  • Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
  • Other piano music
  • Violin Sonata
  • Chansons Medécasses
  • Shéhérazade
  • L'heure espagnole
  • L'enfant et les sortilèges

####Rawsthorne

  • Piano Concertos 1 and 2
  • Cello Concerto
  • Oboe Concerto
  • Symphonic Studies
  • Violin Concertos 1 and 2

####Respighi

  • Pines of Rome
  • Fountains of Rome
  • Feste Romane
  • Ancient Airs and Dances
  • The Birds
  • Brazilian Impressions
  • Church Windows
  • Trittico Botticelliano
  • La Boutique fantasque
  • Violin Concerto
  • Rossiniana

####Revueltas

  • Sensemayá
  • La Coronela
  • La noche de los mayas
  • Janitzio
  • Redes
  • Homenaje a Federico García Lorca

####Rodrigo

  • Concierto de Aranjuez
  • Fantasia para un gentilhombre

####Schoenberg

  • Chamber Symphonies 1 and 2
  • Five Orchestral Pieces, Op.16
  • Variations for Orchestra, Op.31
  • Violin Concerto
  • Piano Concerto
  • Suite, Op.29
  • Serenade, Op.24
  • Pelleas und Melisande
  • String Quartets
  • Wind Quintet
  • String Trio
  • Verklärte Nacht
  • Drei Klavierstücke, Op.11
  • Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op.19
  • Fünf Klavierstücke, Op.23
  • Suite für Klavier, Op.25
  • Pierrot Lunaire
  • Erwartung
  • Gurre-Lieder
  • A Survivor from Warsaw
  • Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte
  • Moses und Aron

####Shostakovich

  • Symphonies, particularly 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Gadfly Suite
  • Hamlet Suite
  • Jazz Suites 1 and 2
  • Festive Overture
  • Violin Concertos 1 and 2
  • Cello Concertos 1 and 2
  • Piano Concertos 1 and 2
  • Piano Quintet
  • Piano Trio 2
  • String Quartets, particularly 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
  • Cello Sonata
  • Viola Sonata
  • Violin Sonata
  • 24 Preludes and Fugues
  • Piano Sonatas 1 and 2
  • Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
  • The Nose

####Stravinsky

  • The Rite of Spring
  • The Firebird
  • Petrushka
  • Apollo
  • Pulcinella
  • Dumbarton Oaks
  • Symphony in C
  • Symphony in Three Movements
  • Symphony of Psalms
  • Violin Concerto
  • Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
  • Movements for Piano and Orchestra
  • Symphonies of Wind Instruments
  • Feu d’artifice
  • Ebony Concerto
  • Song of the Nightingale
  • Four Études
  • Circus Polka
  • Ragtime
  • Scherzo à la russe
  • Scherzo fantastique
  • Tango
  • Octet
  • Septet
  • Piano Sonata (1924)
  • Les Noces
  • Mass
  • Canticum Sacrum
  • Histoire du soldat
  • The Nightingale
  • Oedipus Rex
  • The Rake’s Progress

####Szymanowski

  • Violin Concertos 1 and 2
  • String Quartets 1 and 2
  • Symphonies
  • Harnasie
  • Métopes
  • Nocturne and Tarantella
  • Stabat Mater

####Thomson

  • The Plow That Broke The Plains
  • Symphonies

####Tubin

  • Symphonies

####Turina

  • Piano Music

####Varèse

  • Deserts
  • Ionisation
  • Octandre
  • Tuning Up
  • Amériques
  • Poème Electronique
  • Arcana
  • Nocturnal
  • Un grand sommeil noir
  • Offrandes
  • Hyperprism
  • Intégrales
  • Ecuatorial
  • Density 21.5
  • Dance for Burgess

####Villa-Lobos

  • Bachianas Brasileiras
  • Chôros
  • Guitar Concerto
  • String Quartets

####Walton

  • Symphonies 1 and 2
  • Cello Concerto
  • Violin Concerto
  • Viola Concerto
  • Belshazzar’s Feast

####Webern

  • Five Orchestral Pieces, Op.10
  • Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op.6
  • Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op.24
  • Symphony, Op.21
  • String Quartet, Op.28
  • Five Movements for String Quartet, Op.5
  • Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op.9
  • Passacaglia for Orchestra
  • Im Sommerwind
  • Orchestration of the Ricercare a 6 from Bach’s Musical Offering
  • Variations for Piano, Op.27
  • Variations for Orchestra, Op.30

####Weill

  • Die Dreigroschenoper
0 Comments
2012/11/16
16:28 UTC

Back To Top