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pres2032 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:36 PM
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Poll question: favorite Classical Masterpiece
Edited on Sat Dec-04-04 10:41 PM by pres2032
tell us what your favorite is, if you chose other :-)

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Shadowen Donating Member (742 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:39 PM
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1. Gotta be the Ninth.
The grand, glorious ninth, the greatest achievement in that great composer's life.

Hell, my dad's not much into the classical, and he still stops when he sees a live performance of the Ninth on TV.
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pagerbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:46 PM
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22. Nope. Tiresome and overrated.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:44 AM
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51. I Love Beethoven's Seventh (Dance) Symphony...
In fact, I'm playing it right now!
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MuseRider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:40 PM
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2. Impossible,
simply impossible. However, I love Beethoven's 9th and Dvorak always is wonderful. IF I had to choose those would most likely be my choices from your list.
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:42 PM
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3. Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto # 1 in B Flat Minor
Totally takes me away. A stunning piece of art.
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signmike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:11 PM
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14. Johnny in blue? *Gasp*
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 12:03 PM
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66. In His Last Interview With larry King, He Said
that he didn't always wear black, but if he wasn't, it'd probably be black.
God, I miss Johnny Cash. :cry:
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jdots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:44 PM
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4. Brandenberg pieces by Bach
and now the bad jokes (sorry)
Hair on the G string Bach
i will spare you the others for now, anything by Bach cooks as in R & B , he was the great great grandfather of soul music
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:59 PM
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23. Bach's "A Musical Offering" is beautiful, too.
Bach makes me weak in the knees, but I love Beethoven, too. The 9th is amazing, but I also really really like the 7th. Sigh.
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:27 AM
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37. Bach's Brandenberg are jazz!
Especially the wonderful 3rd.

--IMM
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RevolutionaryActs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:45 PM
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5. Moonlight sonata, William Tell Overture, Ride of the Valkyries....
Shall I go on? hehe :D
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pres2032 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:48 PM
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7. haha, sure
so many masterpieces, so few spots on the poll
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:12 AM
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30. I'll second you on Ride Of The Valkyries.
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motely36 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:46 PM
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6. Hook on Classics!
:P

No, actually it would be close between Elijah and The Messiah. I really like Choral pieces.
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 12:41 AM
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26. I cry to "The Messiah"
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 12:44 AM
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27. Oh, and Ravel's "Bolero"
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Chomskyite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:51 PM
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8. No chamber works
For my money the first half of Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C-Sharp Minor is the greatest sequence of music ever written.
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Reverend_Smitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:52 PM
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9. Bach's Mass in B Minor
Probably my all time favorite
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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:16 PM
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17. One of my faves,too.
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 10:58 PM
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10. Elgar's Enigma Variations.
I can listen to those for hours....

Pcat
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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:17 PM
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18. Another one of my faves.
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libbygurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:02 PM
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11. Lots of J S Bach's works are great masterpieces, so tough to choose...
...but the Goldbergs (especially the 1981 version by Glenn Gould) could be among the greatest. The Brandenburgs have been played a bit too much, cutting some of the gloss off them, but they ARE brilliant works.

Other contenders:

Brahms violin concerto.
Tchaikovsky violin concerto.
Rachmaninov 3rd piano concerto.


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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:15 PM
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15. Doesn't Gould's humming bother you at all, though?
It drives me absolutely batshit.
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:08 AM
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44. Gould hummed in his first recording of the Goldberg Variations
in the early '60's. He doesn't hum on the second recording (1981) I believe.
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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:12 AM
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45. Well, I've got the one where he's humming.
Drives me crazy. I also have some Mozart Sonatas where he's humming.
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:13 AM
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46. Do you have it on LP? I haven't found a CD of the original recording.
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FuzzySlippers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:45 AM
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52. No, it was a CD. Actually, the copy I have I burned
off of my brother's computer files, but I bought him the original CD.
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 04:26 AM
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60. Well, I'll have to find it then. My original LP isn't in mint condition.
Thanks for the tip!
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 04:32 AM
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61. BTW, Gould's second recording of the Goldberg Variations
was done some 20 years later, in 1982 on CBS Records Masterworks MK37779 on CD. You should be able to find it in Tower Records. No humming to distract you. And the rendition is classic Glenn Gould - as good as the original, although there are certain phrasings in the original 1961-1962 LP recording I still prefer.

I play most of them on piano and harpsichord, BTW. That and Bach's Italian Concerto and several Partitas and Tocatas are some of my favorite Bach that I play.
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libbygurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 07:01 AM
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63. His humming kept me from appreciating his recordings for the longest...
Edited on Sun Dec-05-04 07:02 AM by libbygurl
...time, but when I really got into the 1981 recording, his humming ceased to bother me (this was reissued together with the 1955 version on a triple CD release a few years ago, to coincide what would have been his 75th birthday, I believe).

There's still an audible humming in the opening aria and a few other spots on the 1981 recording, but it doesn't last too long--much more tolerable than usual!

Gould's '81 version of the Goldbergs is never dull, and he forces you to see the structural beauty of Bach's work. Absolutely mesmerizing!
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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:03 PM
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12. Wellington's Victory
Got to love a piece of music that takes a full orchastra, two marching bands, 100 muskets, three cannons and a large church bell to do right.
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pres2032 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:25 PM
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21. that's awesome
who wrote it and where can i find a recording of it?
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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 03:07 AM
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59. Beethoven
The L.A. Philharmonic did it with the USC and UCLA marching bands plus a bunch of civil war reenactors...
And it's often paired with the 1812 overture, which uses cannons and church bells, also.
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Cuban_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:05 PM
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13. Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons'
:)
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:47 AM
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54. I remember the man who introduced me to Vivaldi...
... wow, those are some great memories.

And then he told me about the opera "Norma" by Bellini, which I listened to but didn't like. Then we split up. That was a long time ago!

My favorite operas are "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini and "Carmen" by Bizet. I have loved them both since childhood.

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Queen Jane Donating Member (143 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:15 PM
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16. Beethoven's 7th...
the opening of the 2nd movement is the 2nd most beautiful thing I've ever heard. The most beautiful? Gabriel Faure's Requiem.
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WMliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:25 AM
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35. have you ever heard what Sarah Brightman did with it?
BEAUTIFUL!

Someone transposed a Goethe poem into Italian and then set it to the tune of Beethoven's 2nd Allegretto movement. It's titled "figlio perduto."
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signmike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:19 PM
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19. Castor Oil
We had a music teacher around 4th grade who would play a record of a different type of music each session. At the end of the year she asked us which was our favorite type or piece out of all she'd played for us. One kid in front of the class said, with a beatific look on his face "Castor Oil".
Nobody knew WTF he was talking about - but I remembered a really pretty piece by Beethoven from months before. Turns out it was "Pastoral"
Only one of many of my favorites.
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KDLarsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-04-04 11:22 PM
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20. A variety..
.. first of all, I'm a real sucker for the traditional part of the 'Last Night of the Proms' ie. all the British sea songs (Rule Britannia, Land of Hope & Glory, Jerusalem). I suppose that comes along when you're an anglofile as I am.

Other than that, Hndels Messias is veyr good, my local cathedral has a show each year, where a new choir/orchestra is brought in to perform it.

I'm also overly thrilled about Beethoven's Ode an der Freude - most likely because of it being the official EU hymn.
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 12:17 AM
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24. Saint-Saens Symphony #3 (Organ)
I just love the organ entrance in the second movement.

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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:41 AM
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49. Ditto
The ending with the descending 8-note scale takes my top prize for excitement. Gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.
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cry baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 12:39 AM
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25. Beethoven's 5th piano concerto "The Emperor"
Simply incredible!!
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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 12:52 AM
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28. "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky (solo piano)
Okay, so it's not actually "classical" (from the romantic period) but still my favorite. I prefer it played as the original was, on a piano by one pianist, but the full orchestral arrangements are alright, too. Ravel's orchestral arrangement is probably the best-known, but there are others.

Oh, and the Emerson Lake and Palmer version is a very sick joke. Ew...
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:10 AM
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29. Debussy - "Claire De Lune" , Satie - "Gymnopadie"
Not part of the Classical period, or even Romantic period, but great pieces nonetheless.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:19 AM
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31. other...
II. Largo from Guitar Concerto in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi

The most heavenly music I have ever heard.
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WMliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:19 AM
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32. oh man... flame war ensues...
other... it'd take me weeks to decide on one.
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Mobius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:20 AM
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33. Rach 3
geez people...
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:32 AM
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47. I will second the Rach 3
I don't approve of these mainstream choices. If I had to pick a small piece of classical nirvana, it would be Christian Sinding's "Rustle of Spring" for pianoforte. Virtuoso!
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:43 AM
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50. Wasn't that in "The Music Man?"
The ladies dance - "two Grecian urns" with the mayor's wife?
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:23 AM
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34. Holst's The Planets
specifically Mars, God of War...which John Williams totally ripped off for star wars

:hippie: The Incorrigible Democrat
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pres2032 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:26 AM
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36. ah yes
I personally love Jupiter
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:43 AM
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39. i love all of them
but.... baaaaaaaaaah.......bum...baahhhhhhh

i love trying to type music w/o notes lol

:hippie: The Incorrigbile Democrat
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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:31 AM
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38. Rodrigo's Concierto d'Aranuez
Almost all Spanish-sounding music is based on this, including Chick Corea's "Spain" and the soundtrack to the Disney "Zorro" series.

--IMM
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:54 AM
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40. Sibelius' violin concerto
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:54 AM
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41. Mozart's Requiem
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 01:55 AM
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42. Carol Orff's Carmina Burana
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libbygurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 10:45 AM
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65. Played by whom? I've got the Mutter one, love it, too!
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CalebHayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:05 AM
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43. Nirvana's Smells like Teen spirt -- for sure!
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Cats Against Frist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:34 AM
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48. The Rite of Spring -- Stravinsky, hands down
Edited on Sun Dec-05-04 02:40 AM by Cats Against Frist
Second -- Berlioz, "Symphonie Fantastique"
Third -- "The Carmina Burana" -- Carl Orff and a buncha monks.

****edit: yeah -- I have no idea which ones of these are actually "classical," -- I'd say that the Stravinsky borders on modern -- but the rest, I have no clue. The only composers that I KNOW their period/methods is Schoenberg and Satie, and only because of my pomo literary studies.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:45 AM
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53. Wagner's Sigfried's Funeral Musique
Though many others vie for top position including Grieg and Bach.
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sir_captain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:50 AM
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55. Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op. 2
Particularly the second movement
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:51 AM
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56. "La Boutique Fantasque" -- The Fantastic Toyshop
This ballet will be performed in Portland, Oregon, on December 17, 18, 19, 2004 at PCC Sylvania and I can't wait to take my husband and two young grandchildren, ages 6 and 4. I have never seen it danced on stage and hope these young ballet stars in training do a good job.

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bloodyjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:51 AM
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57. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Rachmaninov's 2nd concerto
Brahms' 2nd symphony

So, is this restricted to instrumentals, or what?

I submit Georges Bizet's 'Carmen'
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 02:57 AM
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58. Hello, bloodyjack... another lover of the sexy Carmen!
The 1984 movie with Placido Domingo as Don Jose and Julia Migenes as Carmen -- is one of my favorites.

This is the IMDB (International Movie Data Base) link for more information:

http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0087034/combined
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Seabiscuit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 04:33 AM
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62. Adagio from Prokofiev's Violin Concerto
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-05-04 08:59 AM
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64. Theme to Masterpiece Theatre...
Mouret's "Rondeau" ;)
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