Best Classical Music of All Time – Ranked

I found more than 15 lists of “best classical music” and combined them into one meta-list. Here are the results – every piece of music that was on three or more of the original source lists, organized by rank, that is, with the works on the most lists at the top. I’ve arranged works on the same number of lists chronologically by date of composition.

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On 15 lists
George Frideric Handel: Messiah (1741)

On 14 lists
Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos (1721)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Choral” (1824)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique” (1893)

On 13 lists
Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concertos, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4 “The Four Seasons” (1725)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem (1792)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World” (1893)
Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913)

On 12 lists
Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (1741)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor (1749)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major “Jupiter”, K. 551 (1788)
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1829)
Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem (1874)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy: The Nutcracker (1892)
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 (1888)
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (1924)

On 11 lists
George Frideric Handel: The Water Music (1717)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (approx. 1717-1723)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor “Moonlight” (1801)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major (1812)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor, Op. 131 (1826)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished” (1822)
Richard Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (1. Das Rheingold; 2. Die Walküre; 3. Siegfried; 4. Götterdämmerung) (1853-1874)
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (1868)
Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55 (1891)
Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (1896)

On 10 Lists
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466 (1785)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 (1785)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525 “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (1787)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (1791)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb major “Eroica” (1804)
Gioachino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (1816)
Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Op. 21 (1826); Incidental Music, Op. 61 (1842)
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in Bb major, D. 960 (1828)
Georges Bizet: Carmen (1874)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 23 (1874-1875; revised 1879 and 1888)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovksy: Swan Lake (1875-1876)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (1888)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 (1888)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 4 (1927)

On 9 Lists
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (1727)
George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492 (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major “Surprise” (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major “London” (1795)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor” (1796 or 1797)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 (1805-1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral” (1808)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in Eb major, Op. 73 “Emperor” (1809-1810)
Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major “The Trout” (1819)
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D. 956 (1828)
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian” (1833)
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 (1845)
Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45 (1865-1868)
Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (1867; orchestration by Rimsky-Korsakov, 1886)
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (1874; orchestration by Ravel, 1922)
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 (1878)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 (1878)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major (1881-1883, revised 1885)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1884-1885)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 “Organ” (1886)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (1886)
Claude Debussy: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (1894)
Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (1894-1895)
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28 (1894-1895)
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (1899)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (1900-1901)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C# minor (1901-1902)
Claude Debussy: La Mer (1903-1905)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major (1910)
Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 (1914-1916)
Maurice Ravel: Boléro (1928)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43 (1934)
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana (1935-1936)
Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (1936)
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings (1936)
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (1943)
Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (1944)

On 8 Lists
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (1720)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suites, BWV 1066-1069 (approx. 1725-1739)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527 (1787)
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in Eb major, Op. 20 (1825)
Frédéric Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 (1829-1832)
Frédéric Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 (1839)
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (1844)
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1851)
Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor (1852-1853)
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore (1853)
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (1853)
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (1855-1876)
Johann Strauss II: An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (The Blue Danube) (1866)
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (1866, revised 1867)
Bedřich Smetana: Má Vlast (1. Vyšehrad (1874); 2. Die Moldau (1874); 3. Šárka (1875); 4. Z českých luhů a hájů (1875); 5. Tábor (1878); 6. Blaník (1879))
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (1877)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 (1877-1878)
Gabriel Fauré: Requiem (1887-1890)
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (1910)
Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka (1910-1911; revised 1947)
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 (1919)
Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (1935; revised 1940)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 (1937)

On 7 Lists
Josquin des Prez: Missa Pange Lingua (ca. 1515)
Claudio Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)
Johann Sebastian Bach (attribution in question): Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (1707?)
Domenico Scarlatti: Harpsichord sonatas (between approx. 1719 and 1757)
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (1722)
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (1736)
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (1742)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague” (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in Eb major, K. 543 (1788)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G major “Military” (1793 or 1794)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major (1793 or 1794)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in Eb major “Drum Roll” (1794-1795)
Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in Eb major (1796)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 2 “Fifths” (1796 or 1797)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 “Pathetique” (1798)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 (1800)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata” (1804-1805)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in Bb major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier” (1819)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123 (1819-1823)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in Bb major, Op. 130 (1825)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Grosse Fugue, Op. 133 (1826)
Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture (1829)
Franz Schubert: Winterreise (1827)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major “The Great” (1828)
Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9 (1834-1835)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 35 (1837-1839)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58 (1844)
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser (1845)
Richard Wagner: Lohengrin (1850)
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (1859)
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida (1871)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb major (1874; revised through 1888)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major, Op. 83 (1878-1881)
Cesar Franck: Violin Sonata in A major (1886)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C minor (version 1: 1887; version 2: 1890)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” (1888-1894)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 (1889)
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)
Claude Debussy: String Quartet (1893)
Giacomo Puccini: La bohème (1896)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (1896)
Edward Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme For Orchestra, Op. 36 “Enigma Variations” (1898-1899)
Claude Debussy: Nocturnes (1899)
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26 (1899, revised 1900)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 (1900-1902)
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (1904)
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (1904)
Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (1908-1909)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 (1909)
Claude Debussy: Préludes, Book 1 (1909-1910)
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (1909-1912)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910; revised 1913 and 1919)
Charles Ives: Three Places in New England (1911-1914, revised through 1929)
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26 (1921)
Giacomo Puccini: Turandot (1926)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 3 (1927)
George Gershwin: An American in Paris (1928)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 5 (1934)
Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man (1942)
Benjamin Britten: War Requiem, Op. 66 (1961-1962)

On 6 Lists
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (ca. 1562)
Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (1689)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata No. 140 “Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme” (1731)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in Eb major, K. 364 (1779)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 “Haffner” (1782)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491 (1786)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 96 in D major (1791)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 1 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 4 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 5 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 6 (1796 or 1797)
Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung (The Creation) (1796-1798)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring” (1801)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major “Waldstein” (1804)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 “Razumovsky” (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 “Razumovsky” (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59 “Razumovsky” (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 7 in Bb major, Op. 97 “Archduke” (1811)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93 (1812)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 (1821-1822)
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden” (1824)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 (1825)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 (1830)
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 15 (1830-1832)
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturnes, Op. 27 (1835)
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 1 in G minor (1836)
Hector Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), Op. 5 (1837)
Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise No. 6 in Ab major, Op. 53 “Heroic” (1842)
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in Eb major, Op. 44 (1842)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1864)
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos (1867)
Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (1st version: 1870; 2nd version: 1872; 3rd version: 1880)
Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda (1876)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op. 24 (1879)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (1880)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major (1887-1888)
Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20 (1888)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty (1889)
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff (1893)
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (1898)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (1899-1901)
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca (1900)
Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Op. 39 (1901-1930)
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major (1903)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 1 (1909)
Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59 (1911)
Claude Debussy: Préludes, Book 2 (1912-1913)
Alban Berg: Wozzeck (1914-1922)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 2 (1915-1917)
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical” (1917)
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome (1923-1924)
Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta (1926)
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major (1929-1931)
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto (1935)
Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (1936)
Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor (1937–38)
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 (1939)
Joaquín Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra (1939)
Aaron Copland: Rodeo (1942)
Aram Khachaturian: Gayane (1942)
Tomaso Albinoni (attrib.)/Remo Giazotto: Adagio in G minor for Strings and Organ (1958)
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960)

On 5 Lists
Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D (1680-1706?)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 147 “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben” (1723)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor (Double Concerto), BWV 1043 (1730-1731)
Georg Philipp Telemann: Tafelmusik (Musique de Table) (1733)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331/300i (1783)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516 (1787)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major, Op. 19 (1787-1795)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 “Stadler” (1789)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 95 in C minor (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 98 in Bb major (1792)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in Bb major (1794)
Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1 (1802-1817)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” (1803)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major (Triple Concerto), Op. 56 (1803)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio (1805; revised 1806 and 1814)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in Bb major (1806)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in Eb major, Op. 74 “Harp” (1809)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso” (1810)
Franz Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795 (1823)
Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe, Op. 48 (1840)
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (1847)
Franz Liszt: Les Préludes (Symphonic Poem No. 3) (ca. 1848-1854)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15 (1858)
Charles Gounod: Faust (1859)
Bedřich Smetana: The Bartered Bride (1866)
Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1868-1873)
Johann Strauss II: Die Fledermaus (1874)
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 (1878)
Alexander Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D major “Nocturne” (1881)
Léo Delibes: Lakmé (1881-1882)
Richard Wagner: Parsifal (1882)
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello (1887)
Hugo Wolf: Lieder (1888-1897)
Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (1890)
Claude Debussy: Suite bergamasque (1890, revised 1905)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes: Prelude in C# minor, Op. 3, No. 2 (1892); Ten Preludes, Op. 23 (1903); Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 (1910)
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” (1893)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (1894-1896)
Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1896-1897)
Claude Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande (1902)
Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole (1907-1908)
Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21 (1912)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in Eb major, Op. 82 (1915, revised 1916 and 1919)
Ottorino Respighi: Fountains of Rome (1915-1916)
Manuel de Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) (1919)
Alban Berg: Lyric Suite for String Quartet (1925-1926)
Leoš Janáček: Glagolitic Mass (1926)
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” (1928)
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand) (1929-1930)
William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast (1931)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on ‘Greensleeves’ (1934)
Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony (1934)
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7 in Bb major, Op. 83 “Stalingrad” (1939-1942)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65 (1943)
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in Bb major, Op. 100 (1944)
Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes (1945)
Benjamin Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 (1946)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93 (1953)
Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story (1957)
György Ligeti: Atmosphères (1961)

On 4 Lists
Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo Virtutum (c. 1151)
Hildegard of Bingen: O Jerusalem aurea civitatis (1140-1175)
Hildegard of Bingen: O Euchari in leta via (1140-1175)
Hildegard of Bingen: O ignis spiritus Paraclitus (1140-1175)
Hildegard of Bingen: O presul vere civitatis (1140-1175)
Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Notre-Dame (ca. 1365)
Guillaume Dufay: Missa “Se la face ay pale” (approx. 1452-1458)
Thomas Tallis: The Lamentations of Jeremiah (approx. 1560s)
Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium (c. 1570)
Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzoni for Brass Choirs (approx. 1597-1612)
Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigals (1594-1611)
John Dowland: Works for Lute (approx. 1597-1612)
Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (1607)
Gregorio Allegri: Miserere (c. 1630s)
Claudio Monteverdi: MadrigalsBook VIII – Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Madrigals of Love and War) (1638)
Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea (1642)
Dietrich Buxtehude: Organ Works (approx. 1668-1707)
Henry Purcell: Ode for St. Cecilia’s/Hail! Bright Cecilia (1692)
Arcangelo Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (1714)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042 (ca. 1723)
Georg Frideric Handel: Coronation Anthem No. 1 “Zadok the Priest” (1727)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue), BWV 1080 (approx. 1740s)
George Frideric Handel: 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (1739)
Christoph Wilibald Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (1762)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219 “The Turkish” (1775)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb major, K. 271 (1777)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425 “Linz” (1783)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 “Dissonance” (1785)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major (1787)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte (1790)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 93 in D major (1791)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb major, K. 595 (1791)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 97 in C major (1792)
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 99 in Eb major (1793)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15 (1796-1797)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18/4 (1799)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major (1799-1800)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in Bb major, Op. 18/6 (1800)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major (1801-1802)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69 (1808)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 26 in Eb major, Op. 81a “Les Adieux” (1810)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84 (1810)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 (1812)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb major, D. 485 (1816)
Niccolò Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6 (1817-1818)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 (1820)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab major, Op. 110 (1821)
Franz Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 760 “Wanderer” (1822)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in Eb major, Op. 127 (1823-1824)
Franz Schubert: Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellens Gesang III), D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6 (1825)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 (1826)
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13 (1827)
Franz Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in Bb major, D. 898 (1827-1828)
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959 (1828)
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish” (1829-1842)
Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 (1830)
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1830-1831)
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb major (1830-1849)
Vincenzo Bellini: Norma (1831)
Hector Berlioz: Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), Op. 16 (1834)
Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# minor, Op. posth. 66 (1834)
Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (1835)
Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots (1836)
Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op. 17 (1836, revised 1839)
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 (1836-1839)
Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16 (1838)
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 3 in Ab major, Op. 47 (1841)
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 (1842, revised 1843)
Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale (1843)
Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman) (1843)
Frédéric Chopin: Waltz in Db major, Op. 64, No. 1 (1847)
Johann Strauss I: Radetzky March, Op. 228 (1848)
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in Eb major, Op. 97 “Rhenish” (1850)
Jacques Offenbach: Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) (1858)
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 (1862-1865)
Franz von Suppé: Light Cavalry Overture (1866)
Alexander Borodin: Symphony No. 2 in B minor (1869-1876)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (1873, revised 1877 and 1891)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre, Op. 40 (1874)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 in Bb major (1875-1876)
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78 (1878-1879)
Georges Bizet (arr. by Ernest Guiraud): L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2 (1879)
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major (1879-1881)
Jacques Offenbach: Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) (1880)
Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (1880)
Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 (1880)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 (1880)
Johannes Brahms: String Quintet No. 1 in G major (1882)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 (1885)
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 (1886)
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100 (1886)
Cesar Franck: Symphony in D minor (1886-1888)
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (1887)
Antonín Dvořák: Carnival Overture, Op. 92 (1891)
Johannes Brahms: Seven Fantasias for Piano, Op. 116 (1892)
Johannes Brahms: Three Intermezzi for Piano, Op. 117 (1892)
Ruggiero Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci (1892)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 (1898)
Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor (1903-1904)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (1904-1905)
Richard Strauss: Salome (1905)
Franz Lehár: Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) (1905)
Isaac Albéniz: Iberia (1905-1909)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in Eb major (1906-1907)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 (1906-1907)
Frederick Delius: Brigg Fair (1908)
Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit (1908)
Richard Strauss: Electra (1909)
Maurice Ravel: Ma mère l’Oye (piano version 1910; ballet 1912)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 63 (1910-1911)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 64 “White Mass” (1911)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68 “Black Mass” (1912-1913)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2 in G major) (1912-1913; reconstructed 1915; revised 1918, 1919-1920 and 1933)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 10, Op. 70 (1913)
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1915)
Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo (1915; revised 1916 and 1925)
Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 (1915-1917)
Maurice Ravel: La Valse for Orchestra (1919-1920)
Darius Milhaud: La Création du Monde, Op. 81a (1922-1923)
Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 (1924)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 (1924-1925)
George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major (1925)
Zoltan Kodály: Háry János Suite (1927)
Kurt Weill: Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (1928)
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (1930, revised 1948)
Sergei Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60 (1933)
George Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (1935)
William Walton: Symphony No. 1 in Bb minor (1935)
Anton Webern: String Quartet (1937-1938)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #5 (1938-1945)
Michael Tippett: A Child of Our Time (1939-1941)
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in C (1940)
Oliver Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (1941)
Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major (1945)
Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3 (1946)
John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-1948)
Oliver Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie (1946-1948, revised 1990)
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs (1948)
George Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children (1970)
Pierre Boulez: Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna (1974-1975)
Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa (1977)

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Hildegard von Bingen: O viridissima virga (1140-1175)
Hildegard von Bingen: O vis aeternatis (1140-1175)
Hildegard von Bingen: O quam mirabilis (1140-1175)
Hildegard von Bingen: Caritas Habundat in Omnia (1140-1175)
Hildegard von Bingen: O frondens virga (1140-1175)
Perotin: Viderunt Omnes (c. 1185-1205)
Guillaume Dufay: Nuper rosarum flores (1436)
Anonymous: Missa Caput (c. 1440s)
Guillaume Dufay: Messe L’homme arme (c. 1460)
Jacob Arcadelt: Madrigals (1539-1551)
Orlande de Lassus: Madrigals (c. 1550-1594)
Orlande de Lassus: Motets (c. 1550-1594)
William Byrd: Mass in 5 parts (1592-1595)
William Byrd: Mass in 4 parts (1592-1595)
William Byrd: Mass in 3 parts (1592-1595)
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccatas and Partitas, First Book: Toccata No. 3 (1615)
Arcangelo Corelli: 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 1 (1681)
Arcangelo Corelli: 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 2 (1685)
Arcangelo Corelli: 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 3 (1689)
Arcangelo Corelli: 12 Trio Sonatas, Op. 4 (1694)
Henry Purcell: Funeral Music for Queen Mary (1695)
Tomaso Albinoni: 12 Concertos for Oboe and Strings, Op. 7 (1715)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 (1717-1723)
George Frideric Handel: Keyboard Suite in D minor (1720)
George Frideric Handel: Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major “The Harmonious Blacksmith” (1720)
Giuseppe Tartini: Violin Concerto in D minor (c. 1720-1760)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243 (1723)
Alessandro Marcello: Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor, Op. 1 (1725)
Jean-Joseph Mouret: Fanfare-Rondeau, from Suite of Symphonies No. 1 (1729)
Francesco Geminiani: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3 (1733)
Giovanni Pergolesi: La Serva Padrona (1733)
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Indes galantes (1735)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 (1734)
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Castor et Pollux (1737)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 (1738)
William Boyce: Symphony No. 5 in D major (1739)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Piano Sonata in B minor (c. 1742-1787)
George Frideric Handel: Solomon (1748)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 1 (1761-1765)
Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 9 in Bb major (c. 1767-1773)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 (1774)
Luigi Boccherini: String Quintets in E, Op. 11, Nos. 1-6 (1775)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 (1775)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 311 (1778)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade #10 in Bb major “Gran Partita”, K. 361 (1781)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 (1783)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Michael Haydn: Symphony No. 37 in G major, K. 444 (1783)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453 (1784)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 (1786)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No 3 in C major, K. 515 (1787)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G major “Gypsy” (1795)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) (1798)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 (1798)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 12 (1798)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3 in Eb major, Op. 12 (1798)
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 66 in G major, Op. 77, No. 1 (1799)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 (1801)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 (1803)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 (1803)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 (1803)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelle in A minor “Für Elise” (c. 1810)
Carl Maria von Weber: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73 (1811)
Carl Maria von Weber: Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65 (1819, orchestration by Hector Berlioz, 1841)
Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischutz Overture (1821)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 (1823)
Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 13 in A minor “Rosamunde”, Op. 29 (1824)
Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon Overture (1826)
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 21 in G major “Fantasie”, D. 894 (1826)
Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus for Piano, D. 899 (1827)
Franz Schubert: 4 Impromptus for Piano, D. 935 (1827)
Franz Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957 (1828)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 1 (1829-1830)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 2 (1833-1834)
Robert Schumann: Symphonic Studies (Études symphoniques), Op. 13 (1834)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 3 (1836-1837)
Frederic Chopin: 4 Mazurkas, Op. 33 (1837-1838)
Robert Schumann: Kinderscenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15 (1838)
Hector Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (1839)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 4 (1839-1841)
Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d’été, Op. 7 (1841)
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120 (1841, revised, 1851)
Mikhail Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla (1842)
Frederic Chopin: Impromptu No. 3 in Gb major, Op. 51 (1842)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 5 (1842-1844)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 8 (1842-1845)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 6 (1843-1845)
Felix Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 7 (1843-1845)
Hector Berlioz: Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 (1844)
Hector Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 (1845-1846)
Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 (1847)
Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (1850)
Franz Liszt: Transcendental Études (1852)
Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens, Op. 29 (1856-1858)
Johann Strauss II: Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (1858)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 (1863)
Johannes Brahms: Wiegenlied “Lullaby”, Op. 49, No. 4 (1867-1868)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 (1868)
Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1869)
Johannes Brahms: Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 (1870)
Leo Delibes: Coppélia (1870)
Georges Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 (1872)
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a (1873)
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22 (1875)
Bedřich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor “From My Life” (1876)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave, Op. 31 (1876)
Pablo de Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 (1878)
Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81 (1880)
Johannes Brahms: String Quintet in F major, Op. 88 (1882)
Émile Waldteufel: The Skater’s Waltz, Op. 183 (1882)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50 (1882)
Isaac Albéniz: Suite Española No. 1, Op. 47 (1882-1889)
Emmanuel Chabrier: España, rhapsody for orchestra (1883)
Jules Massenet: Manon (1884)
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Series II, Op. 72 (1886)
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 (1887)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 (1887)
Erik Satie: Trois Gymnopédies (1888)
Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), Op. 24 (1889)
Erik Satie: Six Gnossiennes (1889-1897)
Johannes Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118 (1893)
Johannes Brahms: Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119 (1893)
Leoš Janáček: Jenůfa (1896-1902)
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote (1897)
Gabriel Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80 (1898)
Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37 (1899)
Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (1900-1903, 1910)
Ferruccio Busoni: Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 39 (1901-1904)
Charles Ives: Symphony No. 3: The Camp Meeting (1901-1904, revised 1911)
Claude Debussy: Images, Set 1 (1905)
Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9 (1906)
Claude Debussy: Children’s Corner (1906-1908)
Claude Debussy: Images, Set 2 (1907)
Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (1907)
Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 (1909-1910)
Frederick Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (1912)
Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, Op. 51 (1912)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (for piano, 1914; for orchestra 1920)
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable”, Op. 29 (1914-1916)
Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” (1915)
Ernest Bloch: Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque for Violoncello and Orchestra (1915-1916)
Karol Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 (1916)
Maurice Ravel: Alborada del gracioso (1918)
Igor Stravinsky: Suite from Histoire du soldat (1918-1919)
Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Op. 68a (1919)
Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella (1920)
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 (1926)
Anton Webern: Symphony for Chamber Ensemble, Op. 21 (1927-1928)
Albert Roussel: Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 42 (1929-1930)
Francis Poulenc: Songs (c. 1930-1949)
Edgard Varèse: Ionisation (1929-1931)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35 (1933)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1935)
Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 (1935)
Aaron Copland: El Salón México (1936)
Zoltán Kodály: Variations on a Hungarian folk song “Peacock Variations” (1939)
Sergei Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 (1939)
Karl Hartmann: Concerto Funebre (1939, revised 1959)
Dmitry Kabalevsky: The Comedians, Op. 26 (1940)
Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8 in Bb major, Op. 84 (1944)
Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus (1944)
Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (1945)
Maurice Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 (1947)
Milton Babbitt: Three Compositions for Piano (1947)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77 (1947-1948)
Pierre Boulez: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1948)
Arthur Honegger: Symphony No. 5 in D major “Di tre re” (1950)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Guitar Concerto (1951)
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 1 (1951)
Bohuslav Martinů: Symphony No. 6 “Fantaisies symphoniques” (1953)
Witold Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra (1954)
Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2 “Mysterious Mountain” (1955)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in Eb major, Op. 107 (1959)
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959)
Terry Riley: In C (1964)
Roger Sessions: Symphony No. 7 (1967)
Toru Takemitsu: November Steps (1967)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Stimmung (1968)
Luciano Berio: Sinfonia (1968-1969)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 14, Op. 135 (1969)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Mantra (1970)
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 3 (1971)
Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 (1976)
Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (1976)
Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach (1976)
Arvo Pärt: Fratres (1977)
George Crumb: Makrokosmos (1979)
Witold Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3 (1983)
György Ligeti: Etudes for Piano, Book 1 (1985)
Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 4 (1986)
György Ligeti: Etudes for Piano, Book 2 (1988-1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Best Classical Music of All Time – Ranked

    1. beckchris

      I’m sorry for the error – I will make the correction. Thank you for pointing it out – I have tried to be as accurate as possible but I am sure there are mistakes and I truly appreciate careful readers such as yourself.

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  1. AfoRhapsody

    I don’t understand:

    7:
    Frédéric Chopin: Preludes, Book I, Op. 28 (1839)

    6:
    Frédéric Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28 (1839)

    Is this two separated works?

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  2. Anonymous

    The Four Seasons by Vivaldi doesn’t appear to be on this list even though it’s in the other classical list organized by composers.

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  3. Noel Cross

    Just wanted to say how useful this list is to me as someone who’s just getting into classical music! It’s so helpful to have an idea of what the most highly-rated pieces are when you’re deciding what to buy first. Thanks!

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  4. Genki Kids

    Impressive list. If I wanted to listen to all the classical songs without missing anything then this would be a list u recommend?

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