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What is your utmost favorite classical songs of all time?

Asked by partyrock (3870points) April 9th, 2012

What is your favorite classical song of all time? What song makes your jump for joy, put a smile on your face, tugs at your heart strings, or make you cry?

I have a good collection of classical music right now but want to see if I’ve missed any or over looked some :)

My favorite songs are :

The Blue Danube
Waltz of the Flowers
Canon in D
Piano Concerto 1 by Tchaikovsky
and Danse Macabre

What are some of yours?

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zenvelo's avatar

Ode to Joy
For Unto us a Child is Born

Rarebear's avatar

Beethoven Symphony #7 second movement
Gorecki Symphony #3

jaytkay's avatar

Utmost since I was 16 years old:
Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto
Beethoven’s Third Symphony

Something I discovered recently:
Ibert: Trois Pieces Breves For Wind Quintet

whitecarnations's avatar

Mozarts, “The Piano Sonata No 16 in C Major” (so much contrast and many lovely running notes)
From Romantic Period but I love Chopin’s Nocturne op. 9 no. 2 (for it’s simplicity and it’s melancholy elegance)

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thanks for asking this question. I’m a newcomer to this genre, and the SO listens to it all of the time. You might enjoy this site of Classical Top 100 Songs. It’s a handy little tool for beginners like me. And to answer the question, no favorite yet.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Mozart’s Symphony 41, the Jupiter Symphony

Rarebear's avatar

@jaytkay Eroica was Beethoven’s personal favorite also.

DominicX's avatar

My Top 10, not in any order:

MAHLER Symphony No. 2
MAHLER Symphony No. 8
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Sleeping Beauty
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome
SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 3

Here’s the Scriabin, just for fun, since it’s probably the piece on this list that people haven’t heard of. Also, Sylvia is the most underrated ballet of all time. :)

ETpro's avatar

I am torn. I love Beethoven’s 7th Symphony with its relentless drive toward grandeur and revelation; the yearning for life of his 3rd Symphony, the Eroica, and Bedrich Smetana’s eloquent statement of the spectacular perfection of nature as defined in Ma Vlast, Die Moldau capturing the beauty of his beloved Czechoslovakia and the Vltava River.

Plucky's avatar

Some of my most favourite are:

Carmina Burana: O Fortuna by Carl Orff
Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Für Elise by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Nutcracker: Dance Of The Mirlitons by Peter Tchaikovsky
Remembrances by John Williams
Peer Gynt: In The Hall Of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor by Ludwig Van Beethoven

I love so many to find them all and put them here.
Here’s a fun one:
Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean played by a street violinist, Josh Vietti.

Bellatrix's avatar

In no particular order and not limited to these. My favourite classical music, like any other music, depends entirely on my mood.

Barber’s Adagio for Strings.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem – (makes me feel patriotically goose bumpy).
Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto
Elgar’s Nimrod (Enigma Variations)
Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez
Bizet’s Carmen
Holst’s – The Planets
Puccini’s Nessun Dorma
Dvorak’s New World Symphony
Handel’s Water Music Suite
Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Lately it’s been Massenet’s Meditation of Thais.

And the aria O Mio Bambino Caro by Puccini/Forzano which I recently saw used as background music in a poignant suicide scene.

Jeruba's avatar

@Espiritus_Corvus, I think you mean O Mio Babbino Caro, from Gianni Schicchi. “Babbino” = “papa” or “daddy,” rather than “baby.” A daughter is pleading with her darling daddy to let her have the handsome young fellow who has charmed her, because if she can’t she’ll just die. It humorously exaggerates the passion of young love and hence seems a very odd choice for a serious suicide scene.

In any case, it’s one of my favorites too. Lovely melody.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

@Jeruba Correct. Common mistake made by people like myself who have never actually seen the opera. I hate making common mistakes. I prefer the more unique ones. Thanks.

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