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    Name your top 20 overtures.

    It's a bit hard for me to list them in any order, so I write down some of them in order to edit the whole thing later.

    Meistersinger von Nürnberg's Overture (Wagner)
    The Flying Dutchman's Overture (Wagner)
    Julius Caesar (Schumann)
    Egmont's Overture (Beethoven)
    Prince Igor's overture (Borodin)
    Ouverture solennelle (Glazunov)
    Overture No.1 on Three Greek Themes (Glazunov)
    King Lear's Overture (Balakirev)
    Russlan and Lyudmila's (Glinka)
    Carnival Overture (Dvorak)
    Karelia Overture (Sibelius)
    Overture: Ruy Blas (Mendelssohn)
    Music To 'Rosamunde' - Overture (Schubert)

    And several more I write later.

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    Do vorspiels/preludes/introductions count? If so then:

    1. Ligeti: all the preludes from Le Grand Macabre
    2. Wagner: Prelude to act I of Tristan und Isolde
    2. Glinka: Ruslan und Ludmilla
    2. Handel: Giulio Cesare
    2. Bach: Overture from orchestral suite no. 3
    2. Rameau: Naïs
    2. Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
    2. Wagner: Prelude to act III of Lohengrin
    2. Bach: Overture from orchestral suite no. 4
    2. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    2. Handel: Messiah
    2. Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio
    2. Wagner: Prelude to act III of Tristan und Isolde
    2. Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
    2. Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
    2. Verdi: The Force of Destiny
    2. Glass: Prelude to Akhnaten
    2. Wagner: Prelude to act I of Lohengrin
    2. Mendelssohn: Trumpet Overture
    2. Wagner: Prelude to act I of Parsifal
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    In a general guide, but not specific, order:

    Bach's 3rd Orchestral Suite Overture
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    Coriolan
    Consecration of the House
    Hebrides
    Bach's 2nd Orchestral Suite Overture
    Marraige of Figaro
    Midsummer Night's Dream
    Handel's Fireworks
    Judus Maccabaeus
    Magic Flute
    Don Giovanni
    Tristan Und Isolde act 1, at certain times of day
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    I like:
    - the ouverture of Monteverdi's l'Orfeo
    - the ouverture of Mozart's Zauberflöte
    - the ouverture of Verdi's Nabucco
    - the ouverture (sonatinao) of J.S. Bach's Actus Tragicus Cantate BWV 106
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    Favourite ones include

    Mendelssohn The Hebrides
    Beethoven Coriolan
    Mozart Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Die Entführung
    Schreker Vorspiel zu einen Drama
    Wagner Parsifal (indeed)
    Schumann Manfred
    Tchaikovsky Hamlet (Simon recording)
    Delius Irmelin
    Langgaard Antichrist, prelude (Stupel recording)
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    No Order:

    Magic Flute
    Figaro
    Seraglio
    Clemenza di tito
    Don Giovanni
    Cosi Fan Tutte
    Oberon
    Euranthe
    Der Freischutz
    Barber of Seville
    Thieving Magpie
    William Tell
    Forza Del Destino
    Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Fierrbas
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    Of concert overtures: Schumann's Manfred Overture is a masterpiece I think. Berlioz wrote lots of good ones (including the interesting but often forgotten Tempest Overture); my favourite is the relatively famous King Lear. Also Mendelssohn wrote some good ones

    Of operatic overtures: in addition to the well known overtures from his late operas, Mozart's The Impressario has a fine overture. Pretty much all of Wagner's are fantastic.

    I do think some distinction should be made between concert overtures and operatic ones. Concert overtures are essentially tone poems before the term was coined.
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    Strauss - Die Fledermaus (The Bat)

    Best overture ever made
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    My top 5

    Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
    Cosi Fan Tutte - Mozart
    Barber of Seville - Rossini
    Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn
    Candide - Bernstein

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    Schumann Manfred
    Schumann Braut von Messina
    Schumann Julius Caesar
    Schumann Herman und Dorothea
    Beethoven Egmont
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    Beethoven: Egmont
    Mozart: The Magic Flute
    Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
    Schumann: Manfred
    Rossini: The Barber of Seville
    Wagner: Tannhauser
    Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
    Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

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    I love Poet and Pesant and William Tell. So much fun!

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    Barber: The School for Scandal
    LvB: Leonora 3
    LvB: Egmont
    Berlioz: Rob Roy
    Bernstein: Candide
    Brahms: Academic Festival
    Brahms: Tragic
    Dvorak: Carnival
    Elgar: Alassio: In the South
    Gershwin: Cuban
    Mendelssohn: Hebrides
    Mozart: Marriage of Figaro
    Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
    Mozart: Don Giovanni
    Mozart: Magic Flute
    Nielsen: Maskarade
    Rossini: William Tell
    Schubert: Rosamunde
    Schumann: Manfred
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy
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    Nicolai: Der Tempelritter
    Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino
    Sullivan: Il Ballo
    Brahms: Academic Festival
    Von Suppe: Light Cavalry
    Beethoven: King Stephen
    Smetana: The Bartered Bride
    Dvorak: Carnival
    " In Nature's Realm
    Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
    Bizet: La Patrie
    Wagner: Rienzi
    Thomas: Mignon
    Auber: The Crown Diamonds
    Offenbach: Overture To A Grand Orchestra
    Nielsen: Helios
    Walton: Scapin
    Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini
    Berlioz: Roman Carnival
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    I haven't made my mind yet, too busy currently.

    Keep up the good work with posting interesting overtures

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    Edit to add, in no specific order:

    Academic Festival (Brahms)
    Tragic (Brahms)
    Manfred (Schumann)
    Braut von Messina (Schumann)
    Philemon und Baucis (Haydn)
    L'Isola Disabitata (Haydn)
    Il Ritorno di Tobia (Haydn)
    Fireworks Overture (Handel)
    The Force of Destiny (Verdi)
    Lohengrin preludes (Wagner)
    Smetana - all of his overtures!
    and some of Mozart and Rossini's overtures.

    My problem about Wagner is I don't have many Operas from him, but I have two CDs of his preludes and overtures (Decca and Naxos Best of Wagner). So I just know them not the Opera themselves.
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