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Classical Top 100  (YouTube.com)
("The most popular classical music made famous in movies, commercials, cartoons, songs, video games and ringtones."  Most of these I have heard on "Bugs Bunny" - S. K. Smith.)

Ultimate Playlist - Classical   (YouTube.com)
("This is a ever growing interactive music playlist...")

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18th Century:

J. S. Bach: Toccata e Fuga  (YouTube.com)
("Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) (often referred to simply as Bach) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose ecclesiastical and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.")

  Note:  This is really fun to hear around Halloween.
Beethoven - 6th Symphony 'Pastoral' (Complete)  (YouTube.com)
("Ludwig van Beethoven (baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. He was the most crucial figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, and remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.")
Händel: The Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus  (YouTube.com)
("George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-English Baroque composer who is famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel was born in Germany in the same year as JS Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. He received critical musical training in Italy before settling in London and becoming a naturalised British subject. His works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks.")

  Note:  In many parts of the world, it is the accepted practice for the audience to stand for this section of the performance - The Hallelujah Chorus. The tradition is said to have originated with the first London performance of The Messiah, which was attended by King George II. As the first notes of the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus rang out, the king rose to his feet and remained standing until the end of the chorus. Royal protocol has always dictated that when the monarch stands, everyone in his (or her) presence is also required to stand. Thus, the entire audience and orchestra stood when the king stood during the performance, initiating a tradition that has lasted more than two centuries.
Mozart The Magic Flute, Queen of the Night Aria  (YouTube.com)
("Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.")

  Note:  The vocal performance in this Aria of The Magic Flute is awesome!

Pachelbel:  Canon in D - Original Instruments   (YouTube.com)
("Johann Pachelbel (baptized September 1, 1653 – buried March 9, 1706) was a German Baroque composer, organist and teacher, who brought the south German organ tradition to its peak.")

  Note:  The Cannon in D is is the most famous piece of music by this composer.

Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor  (YouTube.com)
("Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (March 4, 1678 – July 28, 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest"), was a Venetian Baroque composer, priest, and famous virtuoso violinist. He was born and raised in the Republic of Venice.")

  Note:  Concerto for two violins, strings, and basso continuo in A minor RV522 Op. 3 No. 8 "L'estro Armonico" 1. Allegro  2. Larghetto e spiritoso  3. Allegro, Performed by Tafelmusik, Featuring Jeanne Lamon and Genevieve Gilardeau, violins,
Conducted by Jeanne Lamon


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19th Century:

Bizet: Carmen, Entr'acte Act III   (YouTube.com)
("Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875) was a French composer and pianist of the Romantic era. He is best known for the opera Carmen.")
Johannes Brahms:  Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor  (YouTube.com)
("The German composer, pianist, and conductor Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) was one of the most significant composers of the 19th century. His works greatly enriched the romantic repertory.")
Frederick Chopin: Grand Valse Brillante in E flat major, Op. 18  (YouTube.com)
("Frédéric François Chopin (March 1810 – 17 October 1849), was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of French-Polish parentage. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music.")

Dvorak - New World Symphony - 4th Movement   (YouTube.com)
("Antonín Leopold Dvořák (September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer of Romantic music, who employed the idioms of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia.")
Edward Elgar - Nimrod   (YouTube.com)
("Sir Edward William Elgar, (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have achieved enduring popularity. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies.")
Note:  Enigma Variations, Op. 36, Variation No. 9, NIMROD by Edward Elgar (1857 -1934)
with scenes from the documentary "The blue planet" by the BBC

Edvard Grieg:   Peer Gynt, Op. 46, In the Hall of the Mountain King (YouTube.com)
("Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the Romantic period.")

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2   (YouTube.com)
("Franz Liszt  (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher.  Liszt became renowned throughout Europe during the 19th century for his great skill as a performer. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time.")

Rossini: William Tell Overture: Final  (YouTube.com)
("Gioachino Antonio Rossini  (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best known operatic works include The Barber of Seville  and William Tell.")

Franz Peter Schubert:   Ave Maria Op.52 No. 6, sung by Andrea Bocelli (YouTube.com)
("Franz Peter Schubert (January 31, 1797 – November 19, 1828) was an Austrian composer.")

Smetana: Má vlast (My Fatherland) (YouTube.com)
("Bedřich Smetana (2 March 1824 – 12 May 1884) was a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style which became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood. He is thus widely regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music.")

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra Op. 30,  Introduction  (YouTube.com)
("Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, particularly of operas, Lieder and tone poems.")

  Note:  This Introduction was played in 2001:  A Space Odyssey

Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture Finale  (YouTube.com)
("Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era.")

  Note:  This piece can be confused with the War of 1812 , but it was written to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon.

 Verdi: La Traviata - Drinking Song (YouTube.com)
("Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (I9 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture")

Richard Wagner: The ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walküre   (YouTube.com)
("Richard Wagner is considered the master of German opera, and one of the most progressive composers in history.
The philosophical issues that Wagner considered vital to society were the tension between good and evil, between the physical and spiritual, and between selfishness and redemptive love.  Wagner is also one to the most controversial composers of our time, his music was breathtaking, his politics left many cold.")

  Note:  The first time I heard this song was in the Bugs Bunny cartoon, What's Opera, Doc?  Elmer Fudd opened with "Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit ....)

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20th Century:

Aaron Copland:  America: Fanfare for the Common Man    (YouTube.com)
("Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer of concert and film music, as well as an accomplished pianist. Instrumental in forging a distinctly American style of composition, he was widely known as "the dean of American composers".)

  Note:  Fanfare for the Common Man is a 20th-century American classical music was written in 1942 for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Gustav Holst:  The Planets - Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity   (YouTube.com)
("Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodor von Holst, 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer. He is most famous for his orchestral suite The Planets.")

Jean Sibelius:  Symphony No.2 - 4. Finale, Allegro Moderato  (YouTube.com)
("Jean Sibelius  (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the later Romantic period whose music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. His mastery of the orchestra has been described as "prodigious"")
  Note:  Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 43 was started in winter 1900 in Rapallo, Italy, and finished in 1902 in Finland. It was first performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic Society on 8 March 1902 with the composer conducting.

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Scott Joplin:  The Entertainer " (1902)   (YouTube.com)
(Scott Joplin (1867 - 1917) piece, The Entertainer (1902), made a revival in the  1970 movie, The Sting.)

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Jazz / Blues / BigBand:

Gershwin:  Rhapsody In Blue (1924)  (YouTube.com)
(George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.)

The Dorsey Brothers: Dream A Little Dream Of Me (1931)     (YouTube.com)
(The Dorsey Brothers rendition of great great tune of the early 1930s. Recording: The Troubadors (Dorsey Brothers Orch.) - Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Melotone 1931)

Glenn Miller:  In the Mood (1939)  (YouTube.com)
("'In the Mood"'is a song popularized by the American bandleader Glenn Miller in 1939, and one of the best-known arrangements of the big band era.)

Ervin Drake: It Was a Very Good Year (1961) - sung by Frank Sinatra (YouTube.com)
("'When I was 17 it was a very good year ..." Music by Ervin Drake.  Sung by Frank Sinatra .)

Mary Hopkin:  Those Were the Days (1968)   (YouTube.com)
("Those Were the Days" is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put English lyrics to the Russian song "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" ("By the long road"), written by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevskii. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism. The Georgian Tamara Tsereteli (1900–1968) in 1925
and Alexander Vertinsky in 1926 made what were probably the earliest recordings of the song. However, it is best remembered for Mary Hopkin's 1968 recording, which was a top-ten hit in both the U.S. and the U.K.)

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Stephen Foster:  Old Folks At Home (1851)  (YouTube.com)
("Stephen Foster (1826-1864)  as the "father of American music", was the pre-eminent songwriter in the United States of the 19th century.   )




The Beatles:  Let it Be  (YouTube.com)
("The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960 and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.")

Note:  Let It Be is the twelfth and final studio album released by The Beatles. It was released on 8 May 1970 by the band's Apple Records label shortly after the group's announced breakup.

Harry Chapin - Cats in the cradle and silver spoon   (YouTube.com)
(Harry Chapin (December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981) was an American singer-songwriter best known in particular for the number-one hit "Cat's in the Cradle."  I found this song so sad, as time is commodity that cannot be redeemed.)
Crosby, Stills, & Nash:  Teach the children well -   (YouTube.com)
("Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) are a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, also known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young.")

The Grateful Dead - Ripple  (YouTube.com)
("The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area.")

  Note:  Ripple was composed and written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.  Lyrics written in London, 1970

Kingston Trio - Where Have All the Flowers Gone?  (YouTube.com)
("Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (1961) is a folk song. The first three verses were written by Pete Seeger in 1955.  The Kingston Trio recorded the song in 1961. Believing it to be a traditional song, they claimed authorship, although upon notice from Seeger they had their name removed and credited Seeger and Hickerson.)




Blondie - Call Me  (YouTube.com)
(Blondie is an American rock band, founded by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in the mid 1970s. " Call me"  was released in 1980 became a number one hit.)

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19th/20th Century:


June Carter Cash:  Keep On The Sunny Side   (YouTube.com)
(Valerie June Carter Cash
(June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, comedian and author who was a member of the Carter Family and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash.)

Note: Keep on the Sunny Side  was written by Ada Blenkhorn in 1899

Jimmy Davis & Charles Mitchell:  You are My Sunshine (1939) (YouTube.com)
(The state song of Louisiana.  James Houston Davis (September 11, 1899–November 5, 2000), better known as Jimmie Davis, was a noted singer of both sacred and popular songs who served two nonconsecutive terms as the 47th Governor of Louisiana (1944–1948 and 1960–1964).)



20th Century:


Irving Berlin:  Blue Skies (1926) as sung by Willie Nelson (1978)     (YouTube.com)
("Blue Skies" is a popular song, written by Irving Berlin in 1926.  The song was composed  as a last minute addition to the musical, Betsy.  Crossing genres, Willie Nelson's recording of "Blue Skies" was a #1 country music hit in 1978. The fact that it became a No. 1 country song (especially by a Texan artist) was not entirely surprising as it clearly has a major western swing)

The Carter Family: Can the Circle Be Unbroken?(bye and bye)   (YouTube.com)
(Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) (1935) is a country/folk song reworked by A. P. Carter  of the Carter Family from the hymn Will the Circle Be Unbroken?  (1904) The song's lyrics concern the death, funeral, and mourning of the narrator's mother.)


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20th/21st Century:


Sissel: You`ll Never Walk Alone  (YouTube.com)
("Sissel, the international singing sensation from Norway, is widely regarded as one of the finest and most talented sopranos in the world.")

  Note:  This piece, You'll Never Walk Alone, is from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel (1956).  Since 1964 Jerry Lewis has concluded the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon with an emotional version of You'll Never Walk Alone. Lewis said at the end of the 2007 telethon that the song was suggested to him in 1964 by a disabled child.

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21st Century:


Requiem For A Dream   (YouTube.com)
("Requiem for a Dream is the title of a soundtrack album released in 2000 to accompany the Darren Aronofsky film Requiem for a Dream.  The album was composed by Clint Mansell and performed by the Kronos Quartet.")

Enya - "Only Time" with beautiful impressions of nature  (YouTube.com)
("Enya (born 17 May 1961 is an Irish vocalist, instrumentalist and composer.")

  Note:  After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Only Time was used as a soundtrack in many radio and television reports about the attacks.

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