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    Default Incidental Music of Classical Composers

    I know of Beethoven's Egmont and Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream, but what other noteworthy incidental music is there by other composers?
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    Schubert wrote quite a bit. Rosamunde is a good one.

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    How about: Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, Op. 85 (Christ on the Mount of Olives)

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    Beethoven: Creatures of Prometheus
    Schumann: Manfred
    R Strauss: Bourgeoise Gentilhomme
    Grieg: Peer Gynt
    Walton: various Shakespeare film soundtracks
    Prokofiev: various film soundtracks (Lt. Kije, Alexander Nevsky)

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    • Carl Nielsen: Aladdin
    • Hugo Alfven: The Mountain King
    • Alexander Glazunov: Tsar Iudeyskiy (The King of the Jews)
    • Jean Sibelius: Jedermann (Everyman) & Belshazzar's Feast
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Wasps
    • Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Hamlet & The Snow Maiden
    David A. Hollingsworth (dholling)

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    Wow, fantastic. Now I have to find time to check them all out. I did know of the other Beethoven works, but wasn't sure if they were incidental music vs oratorio (say for Christ at the Mount of Olives).
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    Sibelius also wrote music for Pelleas and Melisande (op.46). The first number, At the Castle Gate, is used as the theme for the BBC TV programme The Sky at Night, which as it happens was first broadcast when Sibelius was still alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nereffid View Post
    Sibelius also wrote music for Pelleas and Melisande (op.46). The first number, At the Castle Gate, is used as the theme for the BBC TV programme The Sky at Night, which as it happens was first broadcast when Sibelius was still alive.
    Sibelius wrote a lot of incidental music, perhaps because his brother-in-law was a leading playwright. His Pelleas music is excellent, as are the pieces he wrote for Kuolema, and one of his last works was a fascinating suite for The Tempest.

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    Now that I think of it, The Creatures of Prometheus might have been a ballet score -- and it was pretty tepid in any event.

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    I knew I forgot one: Sibelius: Swanwhite – Complete incidental Music

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