(using same outline as Trout's thread)
This is part of a series of the TC Top Recommended Lists project (previous ones can be seen here).
(This list was made as a reaction to the Modern Classical Music Project.)
Pre-Nomination DiscussionThe project philosophy is summarized below:
- The TalkClassical members with a wide variety of interests and experiences can reach a consensus on the top works from a variety of musical forms.
- The process should lead to some interesting debate and discussion regarding these various specialized areas of music.
- The resulting list will be posted as a Sticky Thread and may be used as reference points for both newcomers and long-time classical listeners to the world of classical music and to specific areas of classical music as defined by these lists.
Before we begin voting, we're going to have to make a set of criteria collectively. Or in other words, we must agree on the requirements for works to be nominated.
And here is what I think (which of course will need to be edited):
1. It can be of any genre of any sort (as long as it's "classical"), film music is iffy but I'll let that be part of the discussion.
2. The general rule of thumb is that it should be post-1900. There are, of course, EXCEPTIONS to this rule, such as Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Mahler, Elgar, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Sibelius, and R. Strauss are not allowed, but early Schoenberg, Ravel, Debussy, and Satie are. Scriabin and others are going to be a problem. But we'll discuss this.
3. Neoclassical and other neo-whatever are allowed (e.g. Stravinsky).
4. We'll consider works such as Ligeti's Etudes as a single work if they are almost always recorded as a group, if they are not collectively too large - not more than 2 or 3 hours - and if the individual components wouldn't merit much consideration alone. These are vague guidelines because no very firm rule will fit all cases, so the community of participants can discuss any particular ambiguous choices. (from science's Classical Music Project)
5. The work must be published (I'm looking at you, CoAG)
6. We'll cross bridges when we come to them.
The first round should start in a couple of days once the qualifications are solidified and everyone has had enough time to listen and brainstorm their selections.
All users (new and old) are welcome to join! Ask question is needed about the criteria, or if the work you want to nominate fits the criteria, or whatever.