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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Snowstorm: Just FYI, just so you know, "artist" usually is taken to mean performer, not composer. When I saw the title of the thread, I did realize you probably meant composers.

Another modern thing I can't stand. smile

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Good grief, can I mod just close this train wreck!

No I am not lazy, I will DuckDuckGo it myself.

I just thought it might be fun for people like me new to classical music to just have a thread with a list of the main composers with the most popular “COMPOSITIONS”.

Just close/delete it please.

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Chopin's Top 25 "songs," based on a combination of popularity and greatness, no exact order:
(and, need I say, not to be taken as Gospel)

(BTW, is it OK to say "as Gospel" when it's not like anyone would think anyway that it's from Jesus)

Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53
Fantasy Impromptu
Etude #3 from Op. 10
Prelude in A major
Prelude in C minor
"Minute" Waltz
Waltz in C# minor
"Military" Polonaise
.....let's see, how many have I used up with the stupid stuff ha ....OK, just 8
Ballade #4 in F minor
Ballade #1 in G minor
Scherzo #2 in B-flat minor
Fantaisie in F minor
Polonaise in F# minor
Polonaise-Fantaisie
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise
Prelude #24 in D minor
In fact let me say, as the next thing, the whole 24 Preludes (of Op. 28)
Impromptu #2 (F# major)
Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42
Waltz in A minor, Op. 34 #1 (which BTW seems now to be played less than the "posthumous" A minor)
Any number of Mazurkas, so I'll make them all just 1 item

.......so how many is that.....21

Need 4 more.

Ballade #3
Ballade #2
Scherzo #1
Scherzo #3

.....and then we also have to say Scherzo #4, even though that makes 26.

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Originally Posted by Snowstorm
Good grief, can I mod just close this train wreck!

No I am not lazy, I will DuckDuckGo it myself.

I just thought it might be fun for people like me new to classical music to just have a thread with a list of the main composers with the most popular “COMPOSITIONS”.

Just close/delete it please.

NO!
This is good!!!
Including your saying "song," and the discussion about it. smile

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So what about answering the OP's question instead of bickering?
I'd rather bicker than scrape together 375 pieces for OP who could simply do his/her own exploring.

Then if you weren’t planning on providing at least part of the list, why did you question the use of the word ‘songs’? Seems like you could easily help out with Chopin
It was my backdoor way of criticizing OP's incorrect usage of "song".

I could give OP a list of 25 Chopin pieces, but he asked for the 25 most popular. Does Chopin even have a 25 most popular list?... It makes more sense for OP to just do some looking around. Wikipedia does a great job listing the most important works of most composers.

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Snowstorm, great idea. You're in luck as I noticed some time ago that Spotify already kind of has what you're asking for, under the title "This is ____" whenever you search a composer. It should be the first thing you see, or you can find it under playlists.

You'll see it appears like the following example:

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He11... I've got nothing to do right now so I will try to help you, OP. Don't take us so seriously, by the way.

Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana, Fantasie

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, Sonata, La Campanella

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Everything Horowitz recorded, Amadeus soundtrack

Frédéric Chopin: The nocturnes, mazurkas, waltzes, impromptus, polonaises, scherzi, ballades, etudes, preludes, fantasy, barcarolle, polish songs, sonatas, piano concertos, oh god what else...

Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg concertos, orchestral suites

Franz Schubert: Any song, any time

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Swan Lake

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzi

Claude Debussy: Afternoon of a faune, Suite bergamasque, Deux arabesques, La plus que lente, mazurka, ballade, Valse romantique, Danse bohemian, preludes vols 1+2

Sergei Rachmaninov: Preludes, piano concertos

Franz Joseph Haydn: Whatever

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonies, piano sonatas, piano concertos

Richard Wagner: Tristan



Non Classical

Church Hymns: No clue

Scott Joplin: He only wrote 40-some-odd. I love most of them. Any playlist will do.

Ragtime: What's ragtime?

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Originally Posted by weinstay
Snowstorm, great idea. You're in luck as I noticed some time ago that Spotify already kind of has what you're asking for, under the title "This is ____" whenever you search a composer. It should be the first thing you see, or you can find it under playlists.

You'll see it appears like the following example:
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Hey - this is cool !! Here's the one for Chopin.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWV7cvDzE3MOI

And, of course, Spotify refers to all of these selections as 'songs." thumb thumb thumb


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Originally Posted by weinstay
Snowstorm, great idea. You're in luck as I noticed some time ago that Spotify already kind of has what you're asking for, under the title "This is ____" whenever you search a composer. It should be the first thing you see, or you can find it under playlists.

You'll see it appears like the following example:
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Hey - this is cool !! Here's the one for Chopin.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWV7cvDzE3MOI

And, of course, Spotify refers to all of these selections as 'songs." thumb thumb thumb

Hahah yes I noticed Elgar is listed under artist, but the logistical reason, of course, is because it's the template they use for most other musicians smile

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Originally Posted by chopinetto
Frédéric Chopin: The nocturnes...

Darn, I forgot Nocturnes!!!

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barcarolle

Double darn, I forgot Barcarolle -- my most beloved piece in the world!!

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sonatas

Triple darn -- I forgot the sonatas!
The 2nd and 3rd sonatas both belong on any Chopin list.
(heh heh -- I said Chopin liszt) ha

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piano concertos

Quadruple darn -- I forgot the 2 concertos!!!

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Originally Posted by MinscAndBoo
You guys are still hung up on the song thing? That was so 2007.
I think a majority of people use "song" to mean any musical composition at this point.

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Wooooo I touched a nerve. Sorry guys. I knowwww, its really annoying, I have a music degree too. But I have empathy with people who dont live it, breath it, etc.

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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Originally Posted by chopinetto
Frédéric Chopin: The nocturnes...

Darn, I forgot Nocturnes!!!

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barcarolle

Double darn, I forgot Barcarolle -- my most beloved piece in the world!!

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sonatas

Triple darn -- I forgot the sonatas!
The 2nd and 3rd sonatas both belong on any Chopin list.
(heh heh -- I said Chopin liszt) ha

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piano concertos

Quadruple darn -- I forgot the 2 concertos!!!

Don’t forget ‘Berceuse’. ( not just my opinion but on album ‘50 of Chopin’s best’ )


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Originally Posted by Snowstorm
I was wondering if you could help me create Spotify Play Lists?

I am thinking maybe name 25 most popular songs from each artist below?

Long ago I was looking for something like this because I didn't know where to begin and needed suggestions. I ended up with this book :
"The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection: Second Edition, Revised and Updated"

It ends up covering "The 350 Essential Works"

The book has 6 chapters for different categories :
Orchestral, Concertos, Chamber, etc.

I consumed the entire thing about 20 years ago. Expensive but fun.

You should find a current version or something similar. Nowadays you could just Google or use Spotify but I think you will have more fun reading a book with commentary. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

Edit: you don't really need a newer version because that one from 1999 is current from the essential works perspective. But the book also recommends the best recordings so I would be curious what gets recommended after 1999. smile

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Originally Posted by dogperson
Don’t forget ‘Berceuse’. (not just my opinion but on album ‘50 of Chopin’s best’)

QUINTUPLE darn, I forgot Berceuse too!!

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Originally Posted by Pathbreaker
Originally Posted by Snowstorm
I was wondering if you could help me create Spotify Play Lists?

I am thinking maybe name 25 most popular songs from each artist below?

Long ago I was looking for something like this because I didn't know where to begin and needed suggestions. I ended up with this book :
"The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection: Second Edition, Revised and Updated"

It ends up covering "The 350 Essential Works"

The book has 6 chapters for different categories :
Orchestral, Concertos, Chamber, etc.

I consumed the entire thing about 20 years ago. Expensive but fun.

You should find a current version or something similar. Nowadays you could just Google or use Spotify but I think you will have more fun reading a book with commentary. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

Edit: you don't really need a newer version because that one from 1999 is current from the essential works perspective. But the book also recommends the best recordings so I would be curious what gets recommended after 1999. smile

This is a great recommendation. I haven't read that book myself but it definitely wouldn't hurt having in the personal library and picking it up every now and then to discover something new (with commentary, as you say). Fruitful. Cheers 👍

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Originally Posted by MinscAndBoo
You guys are still hung up on the song thing? That was so 2007.
I think a majority of people use "song" to mean any musical composition at this point.
Probably the majority of younger people and really "hip" oldsters.

I have a dear friend (my age) at church who refers to any solo piano piece played during a service as a concerto. He appreciates classical music so I don't have the desire to gently correct him. Not worth it.


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At this point it seems appropriate to quote that well-known 1920's song (Yep, really, it's a "song") by Whiting and Kahn: "Ain't We Got Fun?"

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Originally Posted by BruceD
At this point it seems appropriate to quote that well-known 1920's song (Yep, really, it's a "song") by Whiting and Kahn: "Ain't We Got Fun?"

I am surprised at you!
"Ain't" is not correct English!!

Not to mention "got" does not mean "have"! grin

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You can buy the NPR Guide on Amazon for $8.99 used 😀
Doesn’t get much better than that


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