Thursday, August 07, 2014

[wcbphsse] Popular classical music

Also sprach Zarathustra: Sunrise
Blue Danube
Canon in D
Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
Clair de Lune
Concierto de Aranjuez: 2nd movement
1812 Overture
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Four Seasons
Fanfare for the common man
Messiah: Hallelujah
Moldau (Vltava)
Moonlight Sonata
New World Symphony
Night on Bald Mountain
Ode to Joy
Pictures at an Exhibition: Great Gate of Kiev, Promenade
Peer Gynt: In the hall of the mountain king, Morning mood
Planets: Mars, Jupiter
Rhapsody in Blue
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini: 18th variation
Ride of the Valkyries
Sorcerer's apprentice
Symphony #5, 1st movement
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Water Music

There are more, perhaps not generally considered classical music: orchestration of the Soviet national anthem, soundtracks to movies.

A subset of these I would call transcendent, distinctly standing out among the composer's other works ("touched by a Muse"), as well as the entirety of human civilization.  Inspired by Rachmaninoff, who himself instantly recognized that the 18th variation was special.

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