Repertoire

Click on the links below to find out more about repertoire which will feature in forthcoming Philharmonia concerts, and to see when and where they will be performed.

Adams, John

Composer, conductor, and creative thinker - John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of music.

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Naïve and Sentimental Music

Anderson, Leroy

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A Christmas Festival

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched many established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and...

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Christmas Oratorio, Part I: Jauchzet, frohlocket

arr. STRAVINSKY Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm, ich her

Partita No. 1 BWV 825

Barry, John

John Barry Prendergast, OBE (3 November 1933 – 30 January 2011)was an English composer and conductor of film music. He composed the soundtracks for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987, and also arranged and performed the "James...

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Body Heat

Born Free

Chaplin

Goldfinger (1964)

James Bond

Mary, Queen of Scots

Midnight Cowboy

Moviola

Somewhere in Time

The Knack

The Persuaders

All Time High, Octopussy (1983)

Main Theme, Zulu

On her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) We Have All the Time in the World

Space March (Capsule in Space), You Only Live Twice

Suite, Dances with Wolves

Suite, James Bond

Theme, Out of Africa (1985)

Bartók, Béla

Béla Viktor János Bartók (March 25, 1881 – September 26, 1945) was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest...

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Concerto For Orchestra

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist.

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Overture, Egmont

Piano Concerto No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 2

Piano Concerto No. 3

Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 3, Eroica

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 9, Choral

Berlioz, Hector

Hector Berlioz (11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts.

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Symphonie fantastique

Bernstein, Leonard

Leonard Bernstein (August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim....

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West Side Story

Birchall, Richard

Richard Birchall is one of the UK's most versatile young musicians, pursuing a varied and colourful career as cellist, composer, arranger and lyricist. As a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra Richard performs regularly in the great concert...

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Labyrinth for cello and orchestra

Brahms, Johannes

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist.

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Ein deutsches Requiem

Clarinet Quintet

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 4

Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Saint Anthony Variations)

Britten, Benjamin

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM CH was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was one of the central figures of twentieth-century British classical music, and wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from...

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'Four Sea Interludes', Peter Grimes

Suite for Harp

Bruch, Max

Max Christian Friedrich Bruch (6 January 1838 – 2 October 1920), also known as Max Karl August Bruch, was a German Romantic composer and conductor who wrote over 200 works, including three violin concertos, the first of which has become a staple...

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Violin Concerto No. 1

Cattaneo, Aureliano


Aureliano Cattaneo was born in Italy in 1974. He studied piano and composition with Vincenzo Balzani, Carlo Landini, Pippo Molino and Sonia Bo in Piacenza and Milan. He attended Masterclasses with Gerard Grisey and Mauricio Sotelo.
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Violin concerto

Chin, Unsuk

Unsuk Chin is the Artistic Director of our Music of Today series.

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Le Chant des Enfants des Etoiles

Copland, Aaron

Aaron Copland (November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990) was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later in his career a conductor of his own and other American music.

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Fanfare for the Common Man

Cornelius, Peter

Carl August Peter Cornelius (24 December 1824 – 26 October 1874) was a German composer, writer about music, poet and translator.

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The Three Kings

Daugherty, Michael

Michael Daugherty is one of the most frequently commissioned, programmed, and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. 

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Dead Elvis for bassoon and ensemble

Mermaid Avenue

Sing Sing: J Edgar Hoover for string quartet and tape

Walk the Walk

Davis, Carl

Born in New York in 1936‚ Carl Davis studied composition with Paul Nordoff and Hugo Kauder‚ and with Per Nørgaard in Copenhagen. In 1959 the revue Diversions‚ of which he was co-author‚ won an off-Broadway Emmy and travelled...

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The Divine Woman

The Mysterious Lady

Debussy, Claude

Achille-Claude Debussy (22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself intensely disliked the term when applied...

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La mer

Pelléas et Mélisande

Prélude à l&39;après-midi d&39;un faune

Dukas, Paul

Paul Abraham Dukas (1 October 1865 – 17 May 1935) was a French composer, critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions. His best...

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Dvořák, Antonín

Antonín Leopold Dvořák (September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer. Following the nationalist example of Bedřich Smetana, Dvořák frequently employed features of the folk musics of Moravia and his native Bohemia...

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Carnival Overture

Cello Concerto

Symphony No. 7 in D minor (Op. 70)

Symphony No. 9, From the New World

Violin Concerto in A minor

Elgar, Edward

Sir Edward William Elgar (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934), 1st Baronet, OM, GCVO was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral...

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Great is the Lord

Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf

The Dream of Gerontius

Cello Concerto

Overture, In the South (Alassio) (Op. 50)

Symphony No. 1

Elms, Arr.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Enescu, George

George Enescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe eˈnesku]; 19 August 1881 – 4 May 1955), known in France as Georges Enesco, was a Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher. He is regarded by many as Romania's...

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Suite for Orchestra No. 2 in C Major op.20

Fauré, Gabriel

Gabriel Urbain Fauré (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers....

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Une Chatelaine En Sa Tour

Requiem

Finzi, Gerald

Gerald Raphael Finzi (14 July 1901 – 27 September 1956) was a British composer. Finzi is best known as a song-writer, but also wrote in other genres. Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string...

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Dies Natalis

Furrer, Beat

Beat Furrer was born in Schaffhausen (Switzerland) in 1954 and received his first musical training on piano at the Music School there.

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Linea dell'orizzonte

Concerto for piano and ensemble

Gardner, John

Gardner was born in Manchester, England and brought up in Ilfracombe, North Devon. His father Alfred Linton Gardner was a local physician and amateur composer who was killed in action in the last months of the First World War. His grandfather was John...

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Holly and the Ivy

Glière, Reinhold

Reinhold Moritzevich Glière (Ukrainian language: Ре́йнгольд Мо́ріцевич Гліер / Reingol'd Moritsevich Glier; born Reinhold Ernest Glier, which was later converted for standardization purposes; 11 January 1875 [O.S....

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Concerto for coloratura soprano and orchestra

Suite, The Red Poppy

Glinka, Mikhail

Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (June 1 1804 – February 15 1857), was the first Russian composer to gain wide recognition within his own country, and is often regarded as the father of Russian classical music.

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Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla

Goodall, Howard

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The Lord is my Shepherd

Grieg, Edvard

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist.

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Piano Concerto

Handel, George Frideric

George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685, Halle – 14 April 1759, London) was a German-born British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, anthems and organ concertos.

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'Hallelujah Chorus', Messiah

'The trumpet shall sound', Messiah

Rejoice Greatly', Messiah

Haydn, Joseph

Franz Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809), known as Joseph Haydn, was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father...

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Symphony No. 12

Symphony No. 47 in G Major, The Palindrome

Holst, Gustav

Gustav Theodore Holst (21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, famous for his orchestral suite The Planets.

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The Planets

Howells, Herbert

Herbert Norman Howells CH, CBE was an English composer, organist, and teacher, most famous for his large output of Anglican church music.

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Hymnus Paradisi

Hummel, Johann Nepomuk

Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era.

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Trumpet Concerto

Janáček, Leoš

Leoš Janáček, baptised Leo Eugen Janáček; (3 July 1854 – 12 August 1928) was a Czech composer, musical theorist, folklorist, publicist and teacher.

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Glagolitic Mass

Jenkins, Karl

Karl Jenkins is one of the most performed living composers in the world. Educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peacealone has been performed nearly 1000...

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Cantus - Song of the Plains', Adiemus II: Cantata Mundi

Cantus - Song of the Spirit', Adiemus II: Cantata Mundi

Adiemus', Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary

Lament for the Valley (Agnus Dei), Cantata Memoria

Chatterbox!

Allegretto, Palladio

Dies Irae', Requiem

Pie Jesu', Requiem

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Kodály, Zoltán

Zoltán Kodály (16 December 1882 – 6 March 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is best known internationally as the creator of the Kodály...

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Dances of Galánta

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (May 29, 1897 – November 29, 1957) was an Austrian film and romantic music composer. While his compositional style was considered well out of vogue at the time he died, his music has more recently undergone a reevaluation...

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Violin Concerto

Liszt, Franz

Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher.

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Le Rossignol

Les Préludes

MacMillan, James

James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful living composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection...

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Blow the trumpet in the new moon

Mahler, Gustav

Gustav Mahler (7 July 1860 – 18 May 1911) was a late-Romantic Austrian composer and one of the leading conductors of his generation. A Jew, he was born in the village of Kalischt, Bohemia, in what was then the Austrian Empire, now Kaliště...

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Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 3

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 5

Symphony No. 9

Mason, Christian

Christian Mason (b.1984) defines composition as “searching in sound for fleeting solidifications of intangible experiences”; his music, which combines an emotional aspiration to radiance with a sensitivity to natural resonance, has...

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Layers of Love

Man Made for soprano and chamber orchestra

Massenet

Jules Émile Frédéric Massenet (12 May 1842 – 13 August 1912) was a French composer of the Romantic era best known for his operas, of which he wrote more than thirty. The two most frequently staged are Manon (1884) and Werther...

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Cendrillon (arias and excerpts)

Mendelssohn, Felix

Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (3 February 1809 – 4 November 1847) - generally known in English-speaking countries as Felix Mendelssohn - was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period.

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St Paul

Overture, Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Symphony No. 4, Italian

Mosolov, Alexander

Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov[ ( Aleksandr Vasil'evič Mosolov; 11 August [O.S. 29 July] 1900 – 11 July 1973) was a Russian composer of the early Soviet era, known best for his early futurist piano sonatas, orchestral episodes, and vocal...

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The Iron Foundry

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptismal name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era.

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Exsultate, jubilate

Mass in C minor K427

Oboe Quartet arranged for oboe and piano

Overture, The Marriage of Figaro

Piano Concerto No. 21, K467

Serenade for orchestra in D major, K. 250, 'Haffner

Violin Concerto No. 5, K219

Mussorgsky, Modest

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (21 March 1839 – 28 March 1881) was a Russian composer, one of the group known as "The Five". He was an innovator of Russian music in the romantic period. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity...

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Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

Nicolai, Otto

Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai (9 June 1810 – 11 May 1849) was a German composer, conductor, and founder of the Vienna Philharmonic. Nicolai is best known for his operatic version of Shakespeare's comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor as Die lustigen...

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The Merry Wives of Windsor, Overture

Parry, Hubert

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet (27 February 1848 – 7 October 1918) was an English composer, teacher and historian of music.

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I was glad

Jerusalem

Ode on the Nativity

Phibbs, Joseph

Joseph Phibbs was born in London, and studied at The Purcell School, King’s College London, and Cornell University. His teachers have included Param Vir, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Steven Stucky.

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Clarinet Concerto

Poulenc, Francis

Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and a member of the French group Les Six. He composed solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, choral music, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music.

Poulenc...

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Organ Concerto

Sonata for Oboe and Piano

Prokofiev, Sergei

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works are the...

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Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)

Seven, they are Seven

Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Revolution

Piano Concerto No. 3

Violin Concerto No. 1

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninov (1 April 1873 – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninov is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives...

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Piano Concerto No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 2

Piano Concerto No. 3

Rasch, Torsten

Torsten Rasch was born in Dresden in 1965 and began piano lessons at the age of six. From 1974-82 he was a member of the renowned Dresdner Kreuzchor and subsequently went on to study composition and piano at the Carl Maria von Weber University in Dresden....

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A Welsh Night

Ravel, Maurice

Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated...

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Shéhérazade

Piano Concerto in G

Suite, Ma mère l'oye

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March 1844 – 21 June 1908) was a Russian composer, and a member of the group of composers known as The Five. 

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'Polonaise' from Christmas Eve Suite

Scheherazade

Rossini, Gioachino

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.

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Overture, William Tell

Rutter, John

John Milford Rutter CBE (born 24 September 1945) is a British composer, conductor, editor, arranger and record producer, mainly of choral music.
 

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Candlelight Carol

Shepherd's Pipe Carol

Saariaho, Kaija

Kaija Saariaho (née Laakkonen, born 14 October 1952) is a Finnish composer.

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Lumière et pesanteur

Saint-Saëns, Camille

Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era. He is known especially for The Carnival of the Animals, Danse macabre, Samson and Delilah (Opera), Piano Concerto No. 2, Cello Concerto...

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Symphony No. 3, Organ

Schoenberg, Arnold

Arnold Schoenberg (13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951) was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. He used the standard German spelling Schönberg...

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Gurrelieder

Schubert, Franz

Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer.

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Ave Maria

Sciarrino, Salvatore

Salvatore Sciarrino (Palermo, 1947) boasts of being born free and not in a music school. He started composing when he was twelve as a self-taught person and held his first public concert in 1962.

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Three pieces from Sei Capricci for solo violin

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and a prominent figure of 20th-century music.

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Festive Overture

Symphonic excerpts to accompany a live screening of Battleship Potemkin

Symphony No. 1 (Op. 10)

Symphony No. 10

Symphony No. 12, The Year 1917

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 5

Violin Concerto No. 1

Sibelius, Jean

Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957) was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity.

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Finlandia

Lemminkäinen Legends

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 6

Symphony No. 7

Violin Concerto

Smetana, Bedřich

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...

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Má Vlast

Strauss, Richard

Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras.

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Also sprach Zarathustra

Metamorphosen

Morgen! (Op.27, No. 4)

Ich wollt ein Sträußlein binden (Op.68 No.2)

Meinem Kinde (Op.27 No.3)

Säusle, liebe Myrte (Op.68 No.2)

Ständchen (Op.17 No.2)

Wiegenlied (Op.41 No.1)

Stravinsky, Igor

Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (7 June 1882 – 6 April 1971) was a Russian, and later French and American composer, pianist and conductor. He is widely considered to be one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century.

Stravinsky's...

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The Firebird

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893), anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, chamber music, and a choral setting of The Russian Orthodox...

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&39;Waltz of the Flowers&39;, The Nutcracker

Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet

Piano Concerto No. 1

Polonaise, Eugene Onegin

Symphony No. 4

Symphony No. 5 in E minor (Op. 64)

Violin Concerto

Tippett, Michael

Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE (2 January 1905 – 8 January 1998) was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary Benjamin Britten...

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A Child of Our Time

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958), OM, was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music and film scores.

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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

O little town of Bethlehem

Serenade to Music

Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony

Symphony No. 7, Sinfonia Antartica

Verdi, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. Some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture – such as "La donna è mobile"...

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La traviata (arias and excerpts)

Wagner, Richard

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist and conductor primarily known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas").

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Overture, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Siegfried Idyll

Walton, William

Sir William Turner Walton OM (29 March 1902 – 8 March 1983) was an English composer. During a sixty-year career, he wrote music in several classical genres and styles, from film scores to opera. His best-known works include Façade...

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Belshazzar&39;s Feast

Williams, John

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws...

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Star Wars