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|Frederic Chopin - Raindrop Prelude|
|bartok's romanian folk dances|
debussy's preludes and images, book 1
liszt's hungarian rhapsodies
mussorgsky's pictures at an exhibition
rachmaninoff - plays rachmaninoff
the first four are compositions, the last one is an actual CD of the composer playing his own stuff
|btw, those are all piano only|
i've played piano for like 12 years so that's how i learn about pieces
|chopin is boring.|
brahms - requiem
gorecki's 3rd symphony
|Rachmaninoff--Prelude in C Sharp Minor is brilliant.|
|Definately backing up illmitch on Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition. Extraordinary music.|
|dude i just have a developed enough taste to actually like AND dislike things|
|Mmmmm, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, so epic|
|Definitely check out some Bartok. Since most will just give you piano stuff, here's some interesting classical guitar works you should check out. These are all compositions from different periods/places so check out whichever period you enjoy more.|
Agustin Barrios Mangore - La Catedral (Romantic)
Keigo Fujii - The Legend of Hagoromo (20th century)
Leo Brouwer - Cuban Landscape with Rain (20th century/Afro-Cuban)
Francesco Tarrega - Gran Jota (Spanish Dance)
Anything by Paganini (usually on violin but alot have been transcribed for guitar, obviously classical)
Luys de Narvaes - Guardame Las Vacas (Spanish Folk song, originally composed for vihuela)
For baroque(esque) music really all you need to look into are the usual Bach, Haydn, Pachelbel, Chopin, Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, so on so forth.
|Vivaldi - The Four Seasons|
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
|kitsch, how the hell can you call Chopin boring when one of your so called favorites is a piece by Brahms?|
Mahler - Symphony #2
Shostakovich - Symphony #5
As for Beethoven, the fifth is good and all, but the sixth and seventh are two of his best. However, none of them compare to the ninth. Furthermore, I actually prefer his works for piano to his symphonies, so consider that.
|anything by chopin|
|You definitely need Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony no doubt. Obviously the essential Beethoven and Mozart (just because they are more well known then other composers doesn't mean they are worser by any means).|
Now i shall wait for taylormemer.
|Mozart Requiem, Carmina Burana by Carl Orff|
|omg i totally forgot; |
Olivier Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time, I/22
|There is a slight flaw in how you are going about this exercise. Unless you are going to just look at the sheet music and imagine what it sounds like, it's crucial for you get recordings that exemplify the best performance of the composition...And even the question of the best performance depends on the taste of the listener. I like the Vivace of Beethoven 7th to start slower than most conductors choose to take it, but that knowledge comes from years of listening to 'classical' music and listening to different recordings of the same compositions. This shit is highly personal. |
Perhaps you should start by listening to a sampling of music from each major era (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, etc.). Or, choose an instrument that you enjoy and listen to the different compositions by various composers for that instrument. Maybe you can pick a type of composition that you like (concertos, orchestral music, sonatas) and see what each era has to offer. Use sites like classicstoday.com to guide you to find quality recordings and give you some background.
The thing is, to truly enjoy and understand 'Classical' you've got to invest time. It's the ultimate concept music. In the same way that you only 'get' the Kinks 'Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire ...' by listening to it in its entirety, you only get 'classical' music by belying the easy path of a 'greatest hits' album and diving in, head first.
|I'm quite partial to Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and Liadov myself. Most of the works they've put out are awesome.|