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What do you feel is the best piece of music ever written?

Discussion in 'classical' started by TheDecameron, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    The last act of Gotterdamerung for me. In fact no, start at Siegfried's Trauermusic and music gets no better than this.
  2. Vinniemac

    Vinniemac pfm Member

    Except maybe the Liebestod at the end of Tristan. Too close to call for me. Wagner really excelled at endings, didn't he?
  3. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    He did - but he wasn`t too shabby at beginnings either, the opening bars of Rheingold just starts you off on the 15 hour journey perfectly.
  4. Barryoke

    Barryoke pfm Member

    Whoosh!! ... that's gone right over my head. Taking your comment at face value, I didn't think we had a timespan?
  5. Vinniemac

    Vinniemac pfm Member

    Very true. The openings of all his major operas are remarkable.
  6. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Albinoni died in the 18 century. The adagio was written 200 years later by someone else...

  7. herb

    herb music live

    So that would be Bach then Tony? In my view Miles was a great band leader and let band members do their own thing, with his suggestions. How much of it was written down? Kind of Blue was greatly influenced by Bill Evans. My favourite music is mid sixties John Coltrane - I suspect little of which was written down.

    When I saw ones of my favourite saxophonists, Chris Biscoe, I was astonished to see him turning pages for one of his solos!

    For written music I like late Schoenberg, perhaps Moses und Aron.
  8. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    I played Act 1 of Die Walkure the other night in the 'new'ish listening space. Divine moment - well several moments with Talisker to help.

    Wagner so good - but finding the time is the tricky bit.
  9. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    Yes, that`s what Saturday nights are for - pity there`s only one a week....
  10. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Agree about Wagner and endings - last 10 mins of Parsifal might be on my list.

    However, to select a beginning for best piece of music ever... I'd nominate the overture for The Marriage of Figaro - its only 7 minutes but there is so much in it, has so much vim and energy, and knockout tunes too.
  11. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    For me, one of those. Cannot decide.
  12. PsB

    PsB Citizen of Nowhere™

    St Matthew Passion for me (preferred to the B Minor mass as it is a dramatic piece, designed for performance; it really is close to a piece of theater or an oratorio).
    Or maybe Stravinsky's Rites of Spring.
    Or Beethoven last 3 piano sonatas. Or maybe his late quartets.
    Or Bartok's violin sonata.
    Or some of Mozart's overtures (Figaro in particular).
    Don't think there is such a thing as best.
  13. Bill Colledge

    Bill Colledge pfm Member

    If we are taking modesty of forces/number of notes into account Satie,s Gymnopedies.

    If we are not Sibelius,s Tapiola.
  14. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    Bach's B Minor Mass - he poured into it all that he knew about choral music, pinching much of the material from his church cantatas.
  15. Cesare

    Cesare pfm Member

    For me, it's either Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, or Chopin's Preludes.

    I'd love to be able to play either half decently, but I know that's not going to happen, so i'll stick to recordings.
  16. Del monaco

    Del monaco pfm Member

    I'm going to go for a single song/aria that is majestic in it's simplicity and direct in its ability to communicate real gut wrenching emotion.It's Purcell's 'When I am laid to earth.'
  17. DonQuixote99

    DonQuixote99 pfm Member

    You are all right. :)
  18. Cheese

    Cheese Bitter lover

    Has nobody come up yet with the Chaconne ? Life and Death in one piece of music.

  19. Richard C.

    Richard C. pfm Member

    Not specifically but this was included in post Nr. 18. Unquestionably a stupendous piece of writing of the very highest order. Baron Grumiaux was an elegant and polished performer of Bach works.
  20. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

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