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50 Greatest Classical Music Tone Poems

100 Greatest Tone Poems
Criteria: Tone Poems are ranked for their innovation and influence, as well as their aesthetic importance, historical significance and lasting popularity.
(Tone Poem: Orchestral music based on an extra musical idea.)


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List Begun: 2005-12-27


  1. Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky / Maurice Ravel
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  2. Prelude a L'apres Midi D'un Faune - Claude Debussy
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  3. Scheherezade - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
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  4. La Mer - Claude Debussy
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  5. Till Eulenspiegels - Richard Strauss
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  6. Finlandia - Jean Sibelius
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  7. American in Paris - George Gershwin
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  8. Night on Bald Mountain - Modest Mussorgsky
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  9. The Moldau (from Ma Vlast) - Bedrick Smetana
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10. Carnival of the Animals - Camille Saint-Saëns
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11. La Valse - Maurice Ravel
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12. Don Juan - Richard Strauss
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13. Les Preludes - Franz Liszt
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14. The Planets - Gustav Holst
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15. Siegfried Idyll - Richard Wagner
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16. The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Paul Dukas
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17. Death and Transfiguration - Richard Strauss
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18. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 - Edvard Grieg
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19. Also Sprach Zarathustra - Richard Strauss
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20. Peter & the Wolf - Serge Prokofiev
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21. Ein Heldenleben - Richard Strauss
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22. Swan of Tuonela - Jean Sibelius
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23. Nocturnes - Claude Debussy
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24. The Pines of Rome - Ottorino Respighi
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25. Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saens
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26. Fountains of Rome - Ottorino Respighi
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27. In the Steppes of Central Asia - Alexander Borodin
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28. Francesca da Rimini - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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29. Midsummer Night's Dream Incidental Music - Felix Mendelssohn
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30. El Salon Mexico - Aaron Copland
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31. The Lark Ascending - Ralph Vaughan Williams
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32. L'Arlesienne Suites - Georges Bizet
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33. Don Quixote - Richard Strauss
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34. On Hearing the 1st Cuckoo in Spring - Frederick Delius
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35. Tapiola - Jean Sibelius
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36. Ein Alpine Sinfonie - Richard Strauss
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37. Iberia (from Images) - Claude Debussy
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38. Sinfonietta - Leos Janácek
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39. Lieutenant Kije Suite - Serge Prokofiev
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40. Isle of the Dead - Sergei Rachmaninoff
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41. The Unanswered Question - Charles Ives
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42. Pelleas et Melisande Suite - Gabriel Faure
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43. Taras Bulba - Leos Janécek
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44. Mazeppa - Franz Liszt
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45. Masquerade Suite - Aram Khachaturian
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46. Tasso - Franz Liszt
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47. Chasseur Maudit - Cesar Franck
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48. In a Summer Garden - Frederick Delius
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49. Three Places in New England - Charles Ives
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50. Rosamunde Incidental Music - Franz Schubert
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Modest Mussorgsky
Modest Mussorgsky


Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy


Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov


Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius


Richard Strauss
Richard Strauss


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