I don’t listen to soundtracks but am trying to improve my knowledge of 20th century music. I think it would be interesting to see what people pick as their top 5 favorite 20th century pieces.
These can be your “desert island collection”, that is your favorite to listen to or pieces you think have historical significance. I’m thinking “serious”, “art”, “classical” or whatever you call it, but if you put in something like Miles (I think Miles –is- “serious art” music and the “Kind of Blue” album would make my top 10), Lennon & McCartney or Radiohead I’m sure nobody would mind.
Here is my top 5 –
1. Stravinsky “Rite of Spring” OK, a cop out. What can I say, I like it.
2. Prokofiev “Alexander Nevsky” This is a soundtrack. It is also one of my favorite pieces of music.
3. Shastakovich String Quartets I’m not sure which ones – I have # 2, 3,7,8 and 12 on CD and love them all. I don’t pay attention to which one is playing, but I’ve almost worn them out in the last few months.
4. Bartok “Concerto for Orchestra” I think that is what it is called. This has been collecting dust in my collection for years but is getting a lot of play now that I’ve been working on orchestration. Maybe I should have said \"Music for Strings Percussion & Celesta\"....
5. Phillip Glass “The Low Symphony” PG was my favorite until I got tired of the 5 pieces he wrote and kept releasing under different names (I have a dozen PG CDs or LPs). In the 90s he did some collaboration and came up with some interesting material. David Bowie’s “Low” is one of my all time favorite rock albums.
What about Ralph Vaughan Williams symphonies 5, 2, 7 & 8? Also Samuel Barber\'s first symphony. And Malcolm Arnold\'s third. Like you guys, I also love Bartok\'s Concerto for Orchestra. Listen to Janacek\'s sinfonietta sometime, really nice brass.
Ralph Vaughn Williams - Symphony #2 (mostly the second movement)
Carl Orff - Carmina Burana
George Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
Sergei Rachmaninov - The Bells
Sergei Rachmaninov - 2nd Piano Concerto
Sergei Prokofiev - Cinderella Suite
Debussy--\"La Mer\" and \"Images\"
Ravel--\"Daphnis and Chloe\"
Anything by Mahler
Takemitsu--\"Twill by Twilight\" (a gorgeous piece, though not well known)
Copland--Symphony No. 3
Ives--\"Three Places in New England\"
OK, I\'ll stop for now, but I might add a few later...
OK . Lets see; I can\'t limit my choices to just 5
Prokofiev: Symphonies 1 and 5
Shostakovich: Symphonies 5, 7and 9
Barber:Adagio for Strings, Overture for the School for Scandal
Roussel: Symphonies 3, 4, Suite in F and Petite Suite
Ives: Symphonies 2,3 and 4
Poulenc: Les Biches and Concerto for 2 pianos
Jolivet: Suite Delphique
Virgil Thompson: Suite from the River and Suite from the Plough that Broke the Plain
Randall Thomson: Second Symphony
Orff: Carmina Burana
Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches
Messiaen: Trios Petite Liturgies de la Presence Divine
Milhaud: Le Boef sur la Toit, Saudades do Brasil.
Bartok: Music for Strings Percussion and Celeste
William Kraft: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra
and the list goes on, and let us not forget the wonderful and prolific work of John Philip Sousa
Nine Inch Nails \"The Fragile\"
Tori Amos \"Little Earthquakes\"
Nirvana \"In Utero\"
Miles Davis \"Bitches Brew\"
Pink Floyd \"The Wall\"
Tori Amos \"From The Choirgirl Hotel\"
Roger Waters \"The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking\"
Charles Mingus \"Anthology\"
Radiohead \"OK Computer\"
It\'s not what I think you guys were looking for but... these are my top ten from the 20th century.