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    From Renaissance to Baroque, Classical, Romantic*, and 20th Century/Modern (post WW2) what do you consider to be each period's finest music?

    I can't offer anything for renaissance as I haven't heard enough to make an informed choice.

    Baroque. JS Bach Brandenburg Concertos.

    Classical. Mozart 'Jupiter' Symphony.

    Romantic. Beethoven 14th String Quartet.

    20th Century/Modern. Elgar Enigma Variations.

    *I will arbitrarily place the start of the romantic period at 1820.
    I love Muzio Clementi's music.

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    Sorry perhaps some other arbitrarily set dates need to be added. Baroque started 1600. Classical started 1750.
    I love Muzio Clementi's music.

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    Ah, objective quality. SO much easier to talk about than personal preference.

    Baroque. Bach, Art of Fugue

    Classical. Beethoven, 9th symphony

    Romantic. Wagner, Götterdämmerung

    20th Century/Modern. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

    That WAS easy!

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    Just one work per period? Hmm, this is going to be difficult. As usual, I'm doing favorites rather than greatest. Here goes...

    Baroque--Bach, Mass in B Minor

    Classical--I agree with your choice: Mozart, Jupiter Symphony

    Late Classical/Early Romantic--I agree with you again: Beethoven, String Quartet No. 14

    Romantic--Liszt, Sonata in B Minor

    20th Century--Debussy, La Mer

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    Postmodern. Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians??

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    Baroque: Bach WTC (complete).

    Classical: Haydn Six Paris Symphonies.

    Romantic: Berlioz Les Troyens.

    Twentieth Century: Britten: Peter Grimes.
    Last edited by hpowders; Mar-20-2017 at 23:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum Miserium View Post
    Ah, objective quality. SO much easier to talk about than personal preference.

    Baroque. Bach, Art of Fugue

    Classical. Beethoven, 9th symphony

    Romantic. Wagner, Götterdämmerung

    20th Century/Modern. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

    That WAS easy!
    Ditto, that's even easier

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    Baroque: Bach WTC

    Classical: Beethoven 3rd symphony (since the division year is 1820)

    Romantic: Brahms 4th symphony

    Twentieth Century: Sibelius 5th symphony


    I could easily create a dozen such lists

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    Baroque: Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.
    Classical: Mozart's Great Mass in C minor.
    Romantic: Mahler's Symphony no. 4.
    20th Century/Modern: Shostakovich's Preludes & Fugues Op. 87.

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    Mine would be:
    Renaissance: something from von Bingen (didn't hear of much else)
    Baroque: Monteverdi's Vespers
    Classical: Mozart's PIano Concerto 27
    Romantic: Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique
    Post Romantic: Ravel's String Quartet
    20th Century/Modern: Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

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    Baroque: Handel Concerti Grossi op. 3, 6

    Classical: Beethoven Symphony no. 5

    Romantic: Wagner Ring Cycle

    Twentieth Century: Shostakovich Symphony no. 5

    (To be honest, really a poll of personal favorites from each period vs historically most significant.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Renaissance: something from von Bingen (didn't hear of much else)
    Bingen (1098-1179) is medieval, not Renaissance

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    Baroque: Bach Mass in B Minor

    Classical: Mozart Requiem

    Romantic: Mahler Symphony 3

    20th Century pre-WW2: Mahler Symphony 9

    20th Century post-WW2: Shostakovich Symphony 10

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    Baroque. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier

    Classical. Beethoven, 9th Symphony

    Romantic. Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen

    Impressionistic. Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    20th Century. Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

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    Personal Favorites:

    Medieval: "Stella Splendens" (Anonymous) from the "Llibre Vermell de Montserrat"
    Renaissance: "The Danserye" - Tylman Susato
    Baroque: "Brandenburg Concertos" - Bach
    Classical: "Le Nozze Di Figaro" - Mozart
    Romantic: "Symphony 9" - Beethoven (post 1820)
    Modern: "Rite of Spring" Stravinsky

    Honorable Mentions:
    Clarinet Concerto - Mozart
    Violin Concerto - Mendelssohn
    Cello Concerto - Dvorak
    La Mer - Debussy
    Appalachian Spring - Copland
    Symphony 5 - Shostakovich

    .....harder than I thought to narrow down apparently

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