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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. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Chuck Berry - "My Ding A Ling"
     
  2. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    I think Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight sonata) takes some beating.

    Or this

     
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  3. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue The Mighty Deoxitiser

    Beethoven’s 9th.
     
  4. Buntobox

    Buntobox pfm Member

    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem. Ethereally beautiful. Karajan's 1964 account would be with me on my desert island.
     
  5. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    Sibelius - Kullervo
    or
    Handel - Messiah
     
  6. eisenach

    eisenach Thüringen

    Thanks for the reminder ! It's a while since I've played these discs. I can't believe how young sounding Kirkby's voice is: I'd forgotten.
     
  7. docstocker

    docstocker pfm Member

    And for me
     
  8. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim pfm Member

    I'll be having white punks on dope by the tubes at my funeral...need I say more..
     
  9. rdf

    rdf pfm Member

    If I have to pick one I'm picking The Rite of Spring, because it still astonishes me every time I hear it.
     
  10. jamjar

    jamjar pfm Member

    Stravinsky's Octe Nash - short but a powerful peice of music.
     
  11. rdf

    rdf pfm Member

    I'd never heard that before. It's wonderful. Thanks.
     
  12. gingermrkettle

    gingermrkettle Deep vein trombonist

    Up until yesterday I would have said that you couldn't possible give just one. Then Herreweghe directing the Bach B Minor Mass came up on the stream.
     
  13. dadgad

    dadgad pfm Member

    For a perfect combination of melodies and skilful use of all the potential sound colourations of the orchestra, how about Swan Lake? Its so often heard that's one tends to overlook or become blasé but its a brilliant piece of writing.
     
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  14. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I agree, there would be huge hole in the repertoire if Tchaikovsky hadn't been born. I was listening to the Nutcracker being played the other day- the woodwind writing is truly magical.
     
  15. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    swordfishtrombones by tom waits.
     
  16. cjyosemite

    cjyosemite pfm Member

    Verdi's Requiem for drama & Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker for pure joy have consistently done it for me. Handel's Giulio Cesare & Berlioz's La damnation de Faust are up there with them but at the very top of my tree is Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina. Incidentally the last 2 pieces both featured in the 2017 Proms.
     
  17. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    I'm fond of the Ravel Quartet in F Maj.
     
  18. monstrous lie

    monstrous lie Infinitely Baffled

    Very interesting thread!
    I'm not saying the "best music ever written", but no-one yet has mentioned Monteverdi, who certainly deserves being considered for the accolade. Perhaps one of his later books of madrigals?
    ML
     
  19. Brian S

    Brian S pfm Member

    I have just discovered this section of the forum. Reading through it remided me of an incident from many years ago. A small group of us, failed jazz musicians all, had started discovering classical music. My great friend John Snee, bricklayer, trombonist and the one of us with greatest knowledge of classical music said: 'I'll tell you what the greatest music ever written is... ' We put down our pints and waited in something approaching awe. And he went on: 'Beethoven's Piano Trios.' We all said something like, 'Really?' He put down his pint and replied, with a look of wry wisdom, 'Yes, almost as good as his sonatas and string quartets.'
     
  20. lagavullin10y

    lagavullin10y Active Member

    Nice anecdote. I love failed jazz musicians, they see to understand much of the world.

    You might like this - it has a nice jazz solo:



    Sounds much better on vinyl though. Listening much to this.
     

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