Favorite Classical Pieces


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In the three year period June 2002 to May 2005, I compiled periodically a list of my favourite music. It was an attempt to define, to give expression to, to list what has become for me a vast sea of pleasurable sounds produced in a number of genres of music. My first memories of listening to music were in about 1948, although I was exposed to music right from the word go in 1944 by two parents who played the piano. I would post the full list here, but it is too long. I would post here "a short list" of over 60 years of musical experience, musical pieces I have enjoyed from a longer list of music that gave me pleasure, but it is, as I say, obviously too long to include here. This is a short--short--list.

1.1 Bach:Symphony No.2 E-minor
1.2 Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F; 12.2 No.6 in Bflat Major; No3, 4
1.3 Bach: Goldberg Variations
1.4 Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
1.5 Bach: see my 20 record collection of Bach--too many to list here
2.1 Beethoven: Sonata #8 opus 13 and Violin Concerto in D, Opus 61
2.2 Beethoven: Symphonies: set 1-9, especially no.#5
2.3 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Opus 57(Appassionata)
2.4 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F# major, Opus 78
2.5 Beethoven: Pathétique Sonata, Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor Op.13
2.6 Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor Op.27/2.
2.7 Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5(Emperor)
2.8 Beethoven: Fur Elise(Bagatelle No.25 in A minor, G.173
2.9 Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Opus 72 and 72a
2.10 Beethoven: Waldstein Sonata, Piano Sonata No.21 in C major Op.53
2.11 Beethoven: Piano Trio #7 in B Flat Opus 97(The Archduke)
2.12 Beethoven: too many other pieces of Beethoven’s to list due to prolixity
3.   Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique
4.1 Johannes Brahms, Symphony No.1 in C-Minor
4.2 Johannes Brahms, Piano Concerto # 1 in D Minor, Opus # 15
5.1 Frederick Chopin: Scherzo 1,2,3 and 4 ; 11.2 Ballads 1 to 4
5.2 Chopin: Fantasy Impromptu in C sharp minor, Opus 66
5.3 Chopin, 24 Preludes(C#minor,A-Flat-Major)
5.4 Chopin, Waltz No.7 in C Sharp minor, Opus 64/2
5.5 Chopin, Study No.3 in E major Opus 10 Tristesse
5.6 Chopin: Polonaise in A Flat, Op. 53 "Heroic"
5.7 Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat, Op. 9 No. 2
5.8 Chopin: Etude Op.10 No. 3 in E
5.9 Chopin: too many other pieces of Chopin’s to list due to prolixity
6.1 Debussy: Claire de Lune from the Suite Bergamasque
6.2 Debussy: Preludes, esp.”Girl With the Flaxen Hair”
7.1 Dvorak: New World Symphony
7.2 Dvorak: Symphony #3
7.3  Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, op.104
7.4  Dvorak: Symphonic Variations, Opus 78
8.   Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt, Suite No.1
9.   Frederick Handel, Water Music Suite
10. Franz Joseph Hayden: Concerto in D. Major
11. Franz Liszt: Concerto No.1 in E Flat Major
12. Gorecki (pronounced Goretsky), Symphony #3.
13. Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 in A-flat, S 541 / III.
14. Massinet: Meditations
15. Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony #4 in A(Italian), Opus 90
16.1Mozart: Sonatas for Piano
16.2 Mozart: Divertimenti for strings, Adagio & Fugue in C Minor
16.3 Mozart: Piano Concerto #20 in D minor, K466
16.4 Mozart: Piano Concertos: other
16.5 Mozart:  Symphony #40 in C minor
16.6 Mozart: too many other pieces of Mozart to list due to prolixity
17. Puccini:One Fine Day, Madame Butterfly
18. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
19.1 Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
19.2 Rachmaninov: Prelude in G Minor, Opus 23, No.5
19.3 Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 D Minor
19.4 Rachmaninov: Prelude in C sharp Minor Op.3 No.2
19.5 Rachmaninov: too many other pieces of Rachmaninov to list due to prolixity
20.1 Joaquin Rodrigo: Ecos de Sefarad-guitar
20.2 Joaquin Rodrigo: need to familiarize myself with his repertoir
21.   Satie: Gymnopedie No.1
22.1 Schubert: Fantasie in F. Minor, D 940
22.2 Schubert: Ave Maria, Symphony #8 in B-minor
22.3 Schubert: Octet Quintet in F major(For 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon)
22.4 Schubert: Impromptu No.3 in G flat major D.899/Op.90
22.5 Schubert: String Quartet #14: Death of a Maiden, D 810
22.6 Schubert: String Quintet in C.
22.7 Schubert: Piano Trios in E Flat Major, D 929 and 897
22.8 Schubert: Piano Quintet In A major: 'Trout' D667
23.1 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B Binor
23.2 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto D Major
23.3 Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Opus 50
24.  Vivaldi: Violin Concerti #3; trumpet concerti for 4 violins


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