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100 Greatest Classical Music Works

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Criteria: Classical Music Works are ranked for their innovation and influence, as well as their aesthetic importance, historical significance and lasting popularity.

Last Updated: 2010-10-31

  1. Mass In B Minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

  2. Der Ring des Nibelungen - Richard Wagner

  3. Symphony No. 9 in D minor "Choral" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

  4. Symphony No. 5 in C minor - Ludwig Van Beethoven

  5. St Matthew's Passion - Johann Sebastian Bach

  6. Tristan und Isolde - Richard Wagner

  7. Don Giovanni - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  8. String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor - Ludwig Van Beethoven

  9. Messiah - George Frideric Handel

10. Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky

11. Symphony No. 3 in E flat major "Eroica" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

12. Symphony No. 6 in B minor "Pathetique" - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

13. Otello - Giuseppe Verdi

14. Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor "Appassionata" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

15. The Marriage of Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

16. Symphony No. 41 in C major "Jupiter" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

17. Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

18. Well-Tempered Clavier - Johann Sebastian Bach

19. Symphony No. 9 in E minor "From the New World" - Antonin Dvorák

20. Winterreise - Franz Schubert

21. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major - Johannes Brahms

22. Piano Concerto in A minor - Robert Schumann

23. String Quintet in C major - Franz Schubert

24. Aida - Giuseppe Verdi

25. Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major "Emperor" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

26. The Nutcracker - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

27. Symphony No. 6 in F major "Pastorale" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

28. Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

29. Symphony No. 40 in G minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

30. Symphony No. 4 in E minor - Johannes Brahms

31. The Goldberg Variations - Johann Sebastian Bach

32. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Felix Mendelssohn

33. Violin Concerto in E minor - Felix Mendelssohn

34. Symphony No. 9 in C major "The Great" - Franz Schubert

35. Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky (orch. by Maurice Ravel)

36. Clarinet Quintet in A major "Stadler" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

37. Prelude A L'apres Midi D'un Faune - Claude Debussy

38. Symphonie Fantastique - Hector Berlioz

39. Clarinet Quintet in B minor - Johannes Brahms

40. Petrouchka - Igor Stravinsky

41. Violin Concerto in D major - Ludwig Van Beethoven

42. La Boheme - Giacomo Puccini

43. Piano Sonata in B minor - Franz Liszt

44. Cello Concerto in B minor - Antonin Dvorák

45. The Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi

46. Swan Lake - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

47. Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

48. Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat - Franz Schubert

49. Till Eulenspiegel - Richard Strauss

50. Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished" - Franz Schubert

51. Missa Solemnis - Ludwig Van Beethoven

52. Messa Da Requiem - Giuseppe Verdi

53. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor "Moonlight" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

54. Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor - Gustav Mahler

55. Symphony No. 2 in D minor - Jean Sibelius

56. Requiem - Gabriel Fauré

57. Madama Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini

58. String Quartet No. 14 in D minor "Death & the Maiden" - Franz Schubert

59. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor - Sergei Rachmaninoff

60. La Mer - Claude Debussy

61. 24 Preludes - Frederic Chopin

62. Water Music - George Frideric Handel

63. Violin Concerto in D major - Johannes Brahms

64. Piano Quintet in A major "The Trout" - Franz Schubert

65. String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major and Grosse Fugue - Ludwig van Beethoven

66. Also Sprach Zarathustra - Richard Strauss

67. Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

68. Préludes, Book 1 - Claude Debussy

69. Piano Concerto in A minor - Edvard Grieg

70. Symphony No. 7 in A major - Ludwig Van Beethoven

71. Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major "Heroic" - Frederic Chopin

72. Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection" - Gustav Mahler

73. Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major - Ludwig Van Beethoven

74. Symphony No. 10 in E minor - Dmitri Shostakovich

75. String Quartet No. 15 in A minor - Ludwig van Beethoven

76. Symphony No. 5 in D minor - Dmitri Shostakovich

77. String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

78. Parsifal - Richard Wagner

79. Finlandia - Jean Sibelius

80. Ein Heldenleben - Richard Strauss

81. Der Rosenkavalier - Richard Strauss

82. Appalachian Spring - Aaron Copland

83. Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor - Ludwig Van Beethoven

84. Boris Godunov - Modest Mussorgsky

85. Symphony No. 3 in F major - Johannes Brahms

86. La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi

87. Carmen - Georges Bizet

88. Scheherazade - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

89. Die Zauberflote - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

90. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

91. Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

92. Requiem - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

93. Missa Papae Marcelli - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

94. Die Meistersinger - Richard Wagner

95. Symphony No. 39 in E flat major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

96. The Creation - Franz Joseph Haydn

97. Sleeping Beauty - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

98. Symphony No. 7 in E major - Anton Bruckner

99. Romeo and Juliet - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

100. Concerto for Orchestra - Béla Bartók


101. German Requiem - Johannes Brahms

102. Symphony No. 4 in F minor - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

103. Symphony No. 1 in C minor - Johannes Brahms

104. Piano Quintet in F minor - Johannes Brahms

105. Serenade No. 13 in G major "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

106. String Quartet No. 12 in F major "American" - Antonin Dvorák

107. String Quartet No. 19 in C major "Dissonance" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

108. Clarinet Concerto in A major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

109. Violin Concerto in D major - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

110. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

111. Symphony No. 9 in D minor - Gustav Mahler

112. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major - Johann Sebastian Bach

113. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major - Johann Sebastian Bach

114. Firebird Suite - Igor Stravinsky

115. Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

116. Symphony No. 4 in E flat major "Romantic" - Anton Bruckner

117. Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

118. Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of 1610) - Claudio Monteverdi

119. Symphony No. 4 in A major "Italian" - Felix Mendelssohn

120. Piano Trio No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 97 "Archduke" - Ludwig van Beethoven

121. Requiem Grande Messe des Morts - Hector Berlioz

122. War Requiem - Benjamin Britten

123. Tosca - Giacomo Puccini

124. Falstaff - Giuseppe Verdi

125. Die Schone Mullerin - Franz Schubert

126. Carmina Burana - Carl Orff

127. String Quartet No. 2 in D major "Nocturne" - Alexander Borodin

128. Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi

129. Glagolitic Mass - Leos Janácek

130. The Barber of Seville - Gioacchino Rossini

131. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin

132. Cello Concerto in E minor - Edward Elgar

133. Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

134. Symphony No. 38 in D major "Prague" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

135. Cantata No. 140, Wachet Auf - Johann Sebastian Bach

136. Octet for Strings in E flat major - Felix Mendelssohn

137. String Quartet in C major, Op. 76 No. 3 "Emperor" - Joseph Haydn

138. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis - Ralph Vaughan Williams

139. Violin Sonata in A major - César Franck

140. Symphony No. 3 in C minor "Organ" - Camille Saint-Saëns

141. Missa Pange Lingua - Josquin des Prez

142. Dichterliebe - Robert Schumann

143. Symphony No. 94 in G major "Surprise" - Franz Joseph Haydn

144. Symphony No. 101 in D major "The Clock" - Franz Joseph Haydn

145. Les Preludes - Franz Liszt

146. Symphony No. 5 in B flat major - Serge Prokofiev

147. Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major "Waldstein" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

148. Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni

149. Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor - Sergei Rachmaninoff

150. Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major - Sergei Prokofiev

151. Piano Quintet in E flat major - Robert Schumann

152. Enigma Variations - Edward Elgar

153. Das Leid von der Erde - Gustav Mahler

154. Fantasy in C major "Wanderer" - Franz Schubert

155. Symphony No. 104 in D major "London" - Franz Joseph Haydn

156. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major - Franz Liszt

157. Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini - Sergei Rachmaninoff

158. The Art of the Fugue - Johann Sebastian Bach

159. Symphony No. 5 in E minor - Peter Ilitch Tchaikovsky

160. Daphnis et Chloe - Maurice Ravel

161. Trumpet Concerto in E flat major - Franz Joseph Haydn

162. Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi

163. Ballade No. 1 in G minor - Frederic Chopin

164. Night on Bald Mountain - Modest Mussorgsky

165. Carnaval - Robert Schumann

166. Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major "Hammerklavier" - Ludwig Van Beethoven

167. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 - Johannes Brahms

168. Adagio for Strings - Samuel Barber

169. Violin Concerto in D minor - Jean Sibelius

170. Turandot - Giacomo Puccini

171. Belshazzar's Feast - William Walton

172. Symphony No. 9 in D minor - Anton Bruckner

173. Faust - Charles Gounod

174. Symphony of Psalms - Igor Stravinsky

175. Lohengrin - Richard Wagner

176. Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major - Jean Sibelius

177. Mathis der Maler - Paul Hindemith

178. Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor - Frederic Chopin

179. Sinfonietta - Leos Janácek

180. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor - Max Bruch

181. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 - Edvard Grieg

182. Symphony No. 1 in D major - Serge Prokofiev

183. Symphony No. 8 in C minor - Anton Bruckner

184. The Royal Fireworks Music - George Frideric Handel

185. Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor - Béla Bartók

186. Rapsodie Espagnole - Maurice Ravel

187. Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major - Franz Schubert

188. The Planets - Gustav Holst

189. String Quartet No. 4 in C major - Béla Bartók

190. Romeo and Juliet - Serge Prokofiev

191. Canon - Johann Pachelbel

192. The Blue Danube - Johann Strauss II

193. Four Coronation Anthems - George Frideric Handel

194. String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 - Dmitri Shostakovitch

195. Verklärte Nacht - Arnold Schoenberg

196. 24 Caprices - Niccolo Paganini

197. Pelléas et Mélisande - Claude Debussy

198. Trois Gymnopédies - Erik Satie

199. Symphony No. 2 in G major "London" - Ralph Vaughan Williams

200. Three Places in New England - Charles Ives

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach


Ludwig von Beethoven
Ludwig von Beethoven


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Johannes Brahms
Johannes Brahms


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Georg Friedrich Handel
Georg Friedrich Handel


Antonin Dvorak
Antonin Dvorak


Joseph Haydn
Joseph Haydn



The 25 Greatest Conductors of Classical Music

  1. Herbert Von Karajan
  2. Leonard Bernstein
  3. Wilhelm Furtwangler
  4. Karl Bohm
  5. George Szell
  6. Otto Klemperer
  7. Claudio Abbado
  8. Eugene Ormandy
  9. George Solti
10. Bruno Walter
11. Neville Marriner
12. John Eliot Gardner
13. Carlos Kleiber
14. Michael Tilson Thomas
15. Fritz Reiner
16. Leopold Stokowski
17. Colin Davis
18. Charles Dutoit
19. Adrian Boult
20. Bernard Haitink
21. Andre Previn
22. James Levine
23. Rafael Kubelick
24. Christoph Von Dohnanyi
25. Leonard Slatkin

The 20 Greatest Classical Pianists

  1. Vladimir Horowitz
  2. Arthur Rubinstein
  3. Sergei Rachmaninoff
  4. Joseph Hoffman
  5. Sviatoslav Richter
  6. Van Cliburn
  7. Arthur Schnabel
  8. Claudio Arrau
  9. Alfred Cortot
10. Vladimir Ashkenazy
11. Maurizio Pollini
12. Alfred Brendel
13. Martha Argerich
14. Glenn Gould
15. Emil Gilels
16. Georges Cziffra
17. Aldo Ciccolini
18. Leif Ove Andsnes
19. Krystian Zimerman
20. Jean-Yves Thibaudet

The 10 Greatest Classical Violinists

  1. Jascha Heifetz
  2. Yehudi Menuhin
  3. Itzhak Perlman
  4. Nathan Milstein
  5. Joseph Szigeti
  6. Isaac Stern
  7. Salvatore Accardo
  8. Maxim Vengerov
  9. Joshua Bell
10. Anne-Sophie Mutter






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