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Topic: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

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    OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    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.

    Anyone else want to list theirs?

  2. #2

    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    Tough to narrow it down to 5, so I might have to consolodate

    (In no particular order)

    ~Stravinsky -- Rite of Spring, Petrouchka
    ~Arvo Part -- Litany, Fratres
    ~Steven Mackey -- Eating Greens
    ~Bartok -- Concerto for Orchestra, String Quartet no. 3
    ~Rouse -- Phantasmata
    ~Ken Valitsky -- Species Compatibility
    ~Chris Theofanidis -- Rainbow Body
    ~Mikkelborg -- Aura (for Miles Davis)
    ~Ken Nordine -- Colors
    ~Maria Schneider -- Gumba Blue
    ~Mingus -- Moanin\'
    ~Messiaen -- Turangalila-Symphonie

    That\'s the short list, at any rate.... I\'m sure I\'ll think of 10 more in a few minutes...


  3. #3

    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    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.


  4. #4

    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    I would like to add:

    - Gustav Holst - The planets
    - Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring


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    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    Some of my favorite 20th century pieces:

    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

    And the list goes on and on and on ...

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    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    I second all the above pieces, but don\'t forget:

    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\"
    Barber--Piano Concerto

    OK, I\'ll stop for now, but I might add a few later...

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    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    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
    Bernstein: Candide
    William Kraft: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
    Varese; Arcana
    Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra
    Ginastera: Estancia

    and the list goes on, and let us not forget the wonderful and prolific work of John Philip Sousa

    Ira Kraemer

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    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    Seriously? Where do I begin and leave off? I\'ll have to think about this one real hard! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

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    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    In no particular order:

    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\"
    Tool \"aenema\"
    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.

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    Re: OT - Top 5 20th Century Favorites

    Mine are here:

    Desert Island Thread

    Wow, someone took me down a notch or two! I feel liberated!

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