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40 Beloved Pieces of Classical Music

Many of us enjoy listening to classical music, seeing a concert or listening to beautiful instrumental tones of solo pieces. But all of these are just a drop in the ocean that is the complex and fascinating world of classical music. Its unique characteristics make it a very different genre to any modern music, and it's impossible not to recognize it as soon as the first notes begin to play.

Whether you're familiar with some classical pieces and would like to get to know more, or already know them all, this classical guide will fulfill all your wishes, with five different musical categories and 40 pieces of heavenly music, including some full-length operas. This is a wonderful way to while away many happy hours. So add this page to your favorites and happy listening!

 
 
 
1. Opera 
 
Opera is an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text (libretto) and musical score, usually in a theatrical setting. In traditional opera, singers do two types of singing: recitative, a speech-inflected style and arias, a more melodic style. Opera incorporates many of the elements of spoken theater, such as acting, scenery, and costumes and sometimes includes dance. This collection presents you with eight full length, classic and beautiful operas to enjoy.

Carmen

Don Giovanni

Orpheus

King Oedipus

Tannhauser

Cosi Fan Tutte

The Threepenny Opera

Macbeth

 
2. Symphonies
 
A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, most often written by composers for orchestra. This is usually a work consisting of multiple distinct sections or movements, often four, with the first movement in sonata form. Symphonies are scored for string (violin, viola, cello and double bass), brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, which altogether number about 30–100 musicians. They open slowly and close with faster music. Here we present you with some of the best symphonies in history, from greats like Mahler, Brahms and Beethoven.
 

Symphony no. 3

Brahms

Symphony no. 7

Bruckner

Symphony no. 9

Dvořák

Symphony no. 5

Mahler

Symphony no. 25

Mozart

Symphony no. 5

Tchaikovsky

The Classic Symphony

Prokofiev

Symphony no. 40

Mozart

 
3. Chamber Music
 
Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or a large room. That is why it is also known as "the music of friends", as it would be played in intimate settings. Most broadly, it includes any music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part (in contrast to orchestral music, in which each string part is played by a number of performers). We present you with some amazing chamber music pieces that include a duet, quartets and trios.
 

Piano Sonata
no.3

Brahms

String Quartet
no. 11

Beethoven

Piano Quintet
no. 2

Dvořák

Violin Sonata
in E Minor

Mozart

Cello, Violin
and Piano trio

Tchaikovsky

String Quartet
no. 8

Shostakovich

Piano Trio

Schubert

Cello Sonata
no. 3

Beethoven

 
 
4. Vocal pieces with instrumentals
 
If above you could listen to pieces where the instruments take center stage, these next musical pieces will allow you to witness the complex vocal relationship between the singer and the instruments accompanying him/her. As one begins and another joins in, they create magic together that is impossible not to enjoy.
 

Cantatas
no. 27, 84, 95 & 161

Bach

War Requiem
Britten

Selected Arias

Vivaldi

Messiah

Handel

The Song of the Earth

Mahler

Winterreise

Schubert

Songs on
the Death
of Children

Mahler

Symphony no. 3 

Górecki

 
5. Best of All Time
 
Whether you love classic operas or instrumental pieces, you cannot fail to enjoy this next collection of some of the best classical pieces of all time. Enjoy classic to modern pieces by Bach, Strauss, Brahms and more.
 

Orchestral Suite no. 2

Bach

Hungarian
Dance no. 5

Brahms

Scheherazade

Rimsky

Don Quixote

Strauss

Romeo &
Juliet

Prokofiev

Serenade

Schoenberg

Suite no. 3 

Bach

Piano Duo

Schnittke

 

 

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