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Rosalba:
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.

Mahlerian:
Not necessarily the ones I think are the best, but certainly among the best-known.  Usually it's an excerpt or two from these that's really the "hit," but they're all better in full.

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D
Handel: Messiah
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor "Moonlight"
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
Schumann: Kinderszenen
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World"
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Ravel: Bolero
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

k a rl h e nn i ng:
Delighted to help!

Mozart, Ave verum corpus, K.618

http://www.youtube.com/v/HXjn6srhAlY

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

http://www.youtube.com/v/HtFMxFQrKc4

Chopin, Prelude in e minor, Op.28 № 4

http://www.youtube.com/v/KHGHhYZCIQI

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

http://www.youtube.com/v/t2VY33VXnrQ

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

http://www.youtube.com/v/RnwuF-MCRuo

Saint-Saƫns, Danse macabre, Op.40

http://www.youtube.com/v/Qz7elksiFb4

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

http://www.youtube.com/v/WLT55kPIFCo

Ives, The Unanswered Question

http://www.youtube.com/v/kkaOz48cq2g

Schubert, "Der Leiermann" (from Die Winterreise)

http://www.youtube.com/v/pze4NxCOjg0

Handel, Hornpipe (from Water Music)

http://www.youtube.com/v/6fa2wZEsRWM

Rosalba:
Thank you, both - your replies are very helpful indeed.

k a rl h e nn i ng:
Let us know what you like, and what you like less . . . there are always more suggestions to be made  ;)

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