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    I want to buy all of the best pieces ever composed before I buy the rest, so I have made a list of all of the pieces I already have. Please take a look and see if you can give any more suggestions BASED ON THE PIECES LISTED ALREADY. The "*" means it is EXTREMELY good. Two of them means that if you don't know them and don't listen to them in the next five minutes, I will do all in my power to make your every waking moment a swirling torrent of pain and misery. :angry: Here is the list:

    1. "Carmen" Fantasy *
    2. A Hora mit Branfn
    3. Andante Cantabile
    4. Berceuse, Op.16
    5. Bukovina 212
    6. Caprice Fantastique (Wichtelmännchen)
    7. 24 Caprices (N. Paganini) *
    8. Casta Diva
    9. Cavatina, Op.85, No.3
    10. Concert Fantasy on Gounod's Faust *
    11. Concerto for 2 Pianos in E-flat Major, K. 365
    12. Dance of the Blessed Spirits
    13. Danse Macabre *
    14. Doina Naftule
    15. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Allegro and Rondo)
    16. Elegie: O Doux Printemps
    17. Exsultate, Jubilate - Alleluia
    18. Fantasy on Russian Themes (after Rimsky-Korsakov)
    19. Fileuse ("Spinning Song") Op. 80, No. 2
    20. Flight Of The Bumble-Bee *
    21. Fun Tashlikh
    22. Girl With The Flaxen Hair, The
    23. Golem Tants *
    24. Graceful Ghost (rag)
    25. Guitarre, Op.45, No.2
    26. Havanaise, Op. 83 *
    27. Healthy Baby Girl Hora
    28. Hexenlied
    29. Honga Encore **
    30. Humoreske (A. Dvorak) *
    31. Humoresque
    32. Introduction & Tarantelle, Op.43 **
    33. Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 *
    34. Khaiterma **
    35. La Ronde des Lutins *
    36. La Tambourin *
    37. Légende, Op.17 **
    38. Lekho Neraneno
    39. Liebesfreud and Liebesleid
    40. Mazurka-Obéreque **
    41. Méditation (from Thaïs)
    42. Meditation, Op.32
    43. Meron Nign/In the Sukke
    44. Moto Perpetuo, Op.11 *
    45. Navarra, Op. 33 **
    46. Nocturne (Chopin)
    47. Nocturne (Borodin)
    48. Nocturne In E Flat, Op.55, No.2
    49. O Mio Babbino Caro
    50. Obsession - from Solo Sonata No. 2 *
    51. Old Folks At Home, The
    52. Old Refrain, The
    53. Poeme, Op.25 **
    54. Polonaise
    55. Processional/Klezmer Suite/Ale Brider (We Are All Brothers)
    56. Prokofiev - Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63
    57. Puck (Kobold)
    58. Romance 1 G Major Op. 40 (Beethoven)
    59. Romance 2 F Major Op. 50 (Beethoven)
    60. Romance F Minor Op. 11 (A. Dvorak)
    61. Romance G Major Op. 26 (Svendson)
    62. Romance In A Major, Op.94, No.2
    63. Romanza Andaluza Op. 22
    64. Salut D'Amour, Op.12
    65. Scene De Ballet, Op.100
    66. Schon Rosmarin
    67. Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
    68. Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, K. 361 (Mozart)
    69. Sholom Aleykhem *
    70. Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat Major, K.364 (Mozart)
    71. Sonata in G Minor "Devil's Trill" *
    72. Spanish Dance (Danza Espagnola)
    73. Summertime (from "Porgy and Bess") *
    74. Swan, The
    75. Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 **
    76. Tzigane *
    77. Violin Concerto No.3 in B Minor, Op.61 (Saint-Saens)
    78. Vocalise, Op.34, No.14
    79. Walpurgisnacht
    80. Witches of Eastwick: Devil's Dance *
    81. Yiddish Blues
    82. Young Frankenstein: A Transylvanian Lullaby
    83. Zapateado *
    84. Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 **

    Well, that's it so far. The first time I tried to write this, I accidentally quit the browser and had to restart. OK. Anyone know any better ones? I think I have a few more, but I'll add later when I find them.
    It is our imperfections that make us who we are.

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    Hm, difficult to list that. I couldn't do that, because I can't say this and this. There are simply too many. But my list would contain more symphonic, concerto and chamberworks, like concertos, symphonies, sonatas, operas etc.

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    I think it definately comes down to personal preferance. I realise your list is all solo works.
    But Bach's Musical Offerings or other ensemble works are more crucial in my personal list.
    I like to collect quartet scores also, not so much of soloworks.
    I hace complete Haydn and Beethoven quartet scores.
    But of caz, the Waxman Carmen Fantasy is a must have.
    BTW, have u heard the other Carmen before?

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    I ordered "carmen" from Shar, but the music i got i didn't not recognize, even though that was the name. It said it was by Sarasate after Bizet's opera, but I don't see the main theme. Is that what you mean? Who's thee "other Carmen" by?

    I know it is all based on preference, but what other pieces might you not like but think that I would based on the pieces I have already?
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    Quaverion,

    There's two main Carmens for violin

    Waxman or Sarasate.

    The real showy one being the Waxman.

    Nearly every concert i played last year had Waxman included :P
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    Wow. I would think that Sarasate would be showy enough. His is the more famous version of course? I will have to get the Waxman version. I've actually never heard of him . And I considered myself an authority on flashy pieces! My teacher said I must get some non-flashy ones... (BORING&#33
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    Normally u'll hear and see people do the Waxman version.
    Sarasate is sadly, nowhere near Waxman's transcript.

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    La Campanella is another that I just discovered.
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    I don't know, but I don't like the Waxman soooooooo much....:unsure:

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    I can't find anyplace on the web where I can download the Waxman version. Anyone want to email me the file?
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    WHAT? NO RACH 2?? YOU'RE NUTS! :P (j/k)

    If I compiled a list, it would be mainly piano solo, piano concerto, organ, violin concerto works, and some symphonic works.
    IF I hit a wrong key its becaus i kind of like it that way.

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    Ok. Symphonies are good with me. Which ones would you suggest?
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    Symphonies scores are interesting.
    It's a whole world of difference listening to a symphony and looking at the scores, and listening to a piano piece and referring to the scores at the same time.
    There's so much hustle bustle with the orchestra scores.
    I have quite a few, but my fav is Beethoven's Fifth. I love to follow the CD through the staggered entrance parts and running my eyes through it. It's really fun.
    I would suggest that you collect those 'big' sound, 'colourful' and masterful orchestrated music...
    Dvorak, Ibert, Mahler, Berlioz, Stravinsky etc.

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    Why do I not see Sarasate's Caprice Basque on that magnificent list? lol, or Bazzini's Round of the Goblins! For shame! :P

    But you do have Havanaise. *nods with approval*
    Bach that thang up.

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    The Bazzini is such a fun, one of my all time favourites! I wonder what Bazzini wrote besides this Rondo, maybe one will find new treasures.

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