Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Great Melodies In Classical Music [My Top Ten]

Last weekend the Tales gave its picks, 11-20, of some of the many great melodies in classical music in the post: "Great Melodies In Classical Music [Part 1].  Today Tales presents our top 10 picks. 

As a review, this is not naming our pick of the greatest pieces in classical music, just our picks of some of the greatest melodies in classical music in the pieces we choose.  Also, we have limited our choice of melodies to symphonic and chamber works [no operatic arias] from the great eras of classical music: Baroque, Classical and Romantic. 

Classical music has an abundance of beautiful melodies
This is only my list, and not a definitive list from a group of musical scholars. I am sure there can be other lists of 20 totally different pieces, and none would be wrong, just a matter of opinions.  Also, I am sure I will look back on these 20 in the future and think to myself, "how could I miss this or that beautiful melody".  :-) 

My picks, 11-20 I posted here were: 11. Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Adagio movement; 12. Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", Adagio sostenuto;  13. Antonin Dvorak, "Serenade for Strings", moderato;  14. Robert Schumann, "Traumerei" from Scenes from Childhood;  15. J.S. Bach, "Air on the G-String";  16. George Bizet, "Dance Boheme" from Carmen;  17. Felix Mendelssohn, "Hebrides Overture";  18. Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme from Haydn, "Chorale St. Antoni";  19. Johann Strauss II, "The Blue Danube Waltz";  20. W.A. Mozart, Piano Concerto #23, Adagio Movement.

Now without further ado, please turn up the volume and enjoy our picks 1-10 in reverse order:

#10 P.I. Tchaikovsky: "Dance of the Swans" from Swan Lake:  

 #9 Edvard Grieg: "Peer Gynt", Suite #10:

#8 W.A. Mozart: Wind Serenade, "Gran Partita", Movement 3, Adagio: 

#7 Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings:

#6 Bedrich Smetana: "The Moldau":

#5 Serge Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in C minor, Movement 3, Allegro Scherzando:

#4 Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 in E minor, Movement 2, Larghetto:

#3 L.V. Beethoven: "Pastoral Symphony" #6 in F Major Movement 5 Allegretto:

#2 L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5 in Eb Major, "Emperor", Movement 2, Adagio un poco motto:



#1 Sir Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations, variation #9, "Nimrod":

now because it is #1, let's hear the Nimrod as played by organ:


Thank you for listening.  I hope you enjoyed and will come back to listen to these beautiful melodic pieces often.  I know when I go on my morning walks I will turn to these to help me through my walks. :-)



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