Recommended Orchestral Classical Listening

Enduring music has much to teach us. We need to catch the passion of these composers and be inspired toward our own creative bent. As Dmitri Shostakovitch declared, “If they cut off both hands, I will compose music anyway holding the pen in my teeth.” This is a starter list of wonderful classical music from one genre, the orchestral repertoire. Enjoy, and add to your own list! Here is the link if you’d like to print the document: Recommended Orchestral Classical Listening

                                   Composer, Period, Music                                  

Bach ~ Baroque, Brandenburg Concertos 1-6, Double Violin Concerto     

Barber ~ Modern, Adagio for Strings

Bartok ~ Modern, Concerto for Orchestra

Beethoven ~ Classical, Symphonies 3, 5, 6, 7, 9

Berlioz ~ Romantic,  Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein ~ Modern, Overture to “Candide”   

Brahms  ~ Romantic, Symphonies 1-4 

Britten ~ Modern, Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra

Chopin ~ Romantic, Piano Concertos

Copland ~ Modern, Appalachian Spring, Rodeo

Corelli ~ Baroque, Concerti Grossi 

Debussy ~ Modern, La Mer

Dvorak ~ Romantic, Symphonies 8,9, Slavonic Dances, Cello Concerto

Elgar  Romantic, Enigma Variations

Gershwin ~ Modern, Rhapsody in Blue

Grieg ~ Romantic, Piano Concerto, Peer Gynt Suite

Handel `Baroque, Messiah, Water Music, Fireworks Music

Haydn ~ Classical, Surprise Symphony, Trumpet Concerto

Holst ~ Modern, The Planets

Khachaturian ~ Modern, Gayane Suite

Liszt ~ Romantic, Hungarian Rhapsodies

Mahler ~ Modern, Symphony 2 “Resurrection”, 5

Mendelssohn ~ Romantic, Violin Concerto, Italian & Scottish Symphonies

Mozart ~ Classical, Symphonies 25,29,35,36,38,40,41

Mussorgsky ~ Romantic, Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain

Orff ~ Modern, Carmina Burana

Prokofieff ~ Modern, Classical Symphony, Peter and the Wolf

Rachmaninoff ~ Romantic, Piano Concerto 2 (“Rocky 2”), Symphony 2

Ravel ~ Modern, Piano Concerto in G

Rimsky-Korsakov ~ Romantic, Scheherezade

Rodrigo ~ Modern, Guitar Concerto

Saint-Saens ~ Romantic, Carnival of the Animals, Piano Concerto 2

Schubert ~ Classical, Symphonies 2, 5, 8 (Unfinished), 9

Schumann ~ Romantic, Piano Concerto in Am, Symphony 3

Shostakovitch ~ Modern, Symphony 5, 10

Sibelius ~ late Romantic, Symphonies 2, 3, 6

Smetana ~ Romantic, The Moldau

Strauss, Richard ~ Modern, Also Sprach Zarathustra

Stravinsky ~ Modern, Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite

Tchaikovsky ~ Romantic, Symphony 5,6, Violin Concerto,Piano Concerto 1

Vaughan Williams ~ Modern, Symphony 8, The Lark Ascending

Vivaldi ~ Baroque, The Four Seasons



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