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Newbies' Blush List Dozen
« on: August 19, 2017, 07:27:22 AM »
As someone fairly new to classical music who can be easily embarrassed by my ignorance, I'm wondering whether any of you seasoned listeners could provide a list of a dozen classical pieces that everyone is 'expected' to know?

All help is gratefully received. Thank you.
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Re: Newbies' Blush List Dozen
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2017, 08:01:07 AM »
Delighted to help!

Mozart, Ave verum corpus, K.618

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/HXjn6srhAlY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/HXjn6srhAlY</a>

JS Bach, Passacaglia & Fugue in c minor, BWV 582

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/HtFMxFQrKc4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/HtFMxFQrKc4</a>

Chopin, Prelude in e minor, Op.28 № 4

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/KHGHhYZCIQI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/KHGHhYZCIQI</a>

Beethoven, Symphony № 6 in F, Op.68, "Pastorale"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/t2VY33VXnrQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/t2VY33VXnrQ</a>

Vivaldi, Violin Concerto in E, "Spring" (from The Four Seasons)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/RnwuF-MCRuo" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/RnwuF-MCRuo</a>

Saint-Saëns, Danse macabre, Op.40

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Qz7elksiFb4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Qz7elksiFb4</a>

Prokofiev, Symphony № 1 in D, Op.25, "Classical"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/WLT55kPIFCo" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/WLT55kPIFCo</a>

Ives, The Unanswered Question

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/kkaOz48cq2g" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/kkaOz48cq2g</a>

Schubert, "Der Leiermann" (from Die Winterreise)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/pze4NxCOjg0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/pze4NxCOjg0</a>

Handel, Hornpipe (from Water Music)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6fa2wZEsRWM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6fa2wZEsRWM</a>
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2017, 08:08:58 AM »
Thank you, both - your replies are very helpful indeed.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2017, 08:29:41 AM »
Let us know what you like, and what you like less . . . there are always more suggestions to be made  ;)
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2017, 08:33:59 AM »
Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition (there are also numerous orchestrations, most famously the one by Ravel)
Below are two recordings of the work, by Mikhail Pletnev and Leif-Ove Andsnes.
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2017, 08:34:40 AM »
Excellent add, Karlo!
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2017, 08:38:18 AM »
I'm ashamed to have forgotten Pictures.  I did vacillate about adding The Four Seasons or not...figured there was plenty more without it.  Now I've revealed my bias and will shut up.

There's nothing wrong with getting to know the warhorses and the the popular hits, so I wish you happy listening, Rosalba.

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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2017, 08:39:51 AM »
That all comes under 'expected to know,' I think.  That said, I did not post any music to which I am not perfectly happy to listen, myself.
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Re: Newbies' Blush List Dozen
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2017, 08:44:56 AM »
Bach badinerie from orchestra suite no 2 2:20 of pure happiness

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/3jYxMlPm-_Y" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/3jYxMlPm-_Y</a>

Charles Gounod, Ave Maria

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« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2017, 08:58:27 AM »
I must say I wouldn't have thought of naming Passacaglia & Fugue in c minor, BWV 582 before Toccata & Fugue in d minor, BWV 565 - the former is clearly the (even) better piece, granted, but the latter is surely far more well-known.

Liszt: La campanella (Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141, No. 3)
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/-hCNkp97I30" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/-hCNkp97I30</a>

Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries (an excerpt from the Ring cycle) [I resisted the temptation to post the Looney Tunes version..]
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/V92OBNsQgxU" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/V92OBNsQgxU</a>

And Sarasate's Fantasy is a handy way to hear the greatest hits from Bizet's Carmen.
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/iwo-vKPR4Lo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/iwo-vKPR4Lo</a>
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2017, 12:22:31 AM »
Let us know what you like, and what you like less . . . there are always more suggestions to be made  ;)

I like the music of the eighteenth century - or anything with a strong or interesting rhythm.
Thanks for asking. And thanks again for your samples - I've started on them today, and so far, very nice indeed!
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2017, 12:24:46 AM »
I'm ashamed to have forgotten Pictures.  I did vacillate about adding The Four Seasons or not...figured there was plenty more without it.  Now I've revealed my bias and will shut up.

There's nothing wrong with getting to know the warhorses and the the popular hits, so I wish you happy listening, Rosalba.

Thank you - I shall look up your suggestions, I know I shall enjoy myself.
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2017, 12:26:40 AM »
Bach badinerie from orchestra suite no 2 2:20 of pure happiness

Thank you, Spineur.
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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2017, 12:34:17 AM »
What about modernism? have you heard any of that?  8)

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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2017, 12:35:01 AM »
I must say I wouldn't have thought of naming Passacaglia & Fugue in c minor, BWV 582 before Toccata & Fugue in d minor, BWV 565 - the former is clearly the (even) better piece, granted, but the latter is surely far more well-known...

Thank you for your examples, North Star - I am looking forward to listening to them.
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2017, 12:37:12 AM »
What about modernism? have you heard any of that?  8)

Not much. Bits and pieces - always pleased to try things, so please suggest any works that I should know. Thank you.
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2017, 12:51:51 AM »
Not much. Bits and pieces - always pleased to try things, so please suggest any works that I should know. Thank you.

Off the top of my head, these are essential works that haven't been mentioned yet:

Webern - Symphony op 21
Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta
Stravinsky - Agon
Varese - Ameriques
Stockhausen - Gruppen
Xenakis - Jonchaies
Ligeti - Atmospheres
Penderecki - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima


Hope you enjoy them, it provides a great contrast to many of the examples cited thus far too  8)

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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2017, 12:57:22 AM »
To pretty much sum up the entirety of classical music:

It covers the whole spectrum from the most light and fluffy stuff, to the most extreme, aggressive and overwhelming. Something for everyone  ;)

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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2017, 01:17:51 AM »
Ah, Yorkshire, home of Northern Monk. Excellent!

Slightly more tangential suggestions:

As a seasoned ignoramus, I found the book Classical Music by Jan Swafford to be useful to "get my bearings."

Put Radio 3 on, just as background music (sacrilege!).

Nothing is required or expected. I admit I've got stuff by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, but my very favourite music is often by composers I hadn't even heard a note of just a few years ago (or even heard of).

Enjoy the journey. 👍😃

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