My Favorite Orchestral Music


There is nothing like orchestral music to lift your spirits.

I wanted to write this post for almost two weeks, but always postponed to it a later date. Today it’s time to grab the bull by the horns. It’s extremely difficult to select a list of favorite music of any genre. The difficulty lies in the momentary mood you are when you select your favorites. If you’re sad, your selection would be A-B-C; but if you are jubilant, then your list would change to D-E-F. However, trying to be as objective as possible, here’s my list in order of preference:

1
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C K467 “Elvira Madigan”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor
Ludwig van Beethoven

3
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Sergei Rachmaninoff

4
Va, Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from the Opera Nabucco
Giuseppe Verdi

5
Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

6
Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 23
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

7
Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Christoph Willibald Gluck

8
Etude in C Minor (Revolutionary Etude), Op. 10, No. 12
Frederic Chopin

9
Concerto Antico for Guitar and Small Orchestra
Richard Harvey & Steve Gray

10
The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi

This post has been the most difficult one since I started Lingua Franca. Having to leave out hundreds of magnificent music works in the History of Music was very painful, but I had a list to make, and that I did.   Your comments and/or opinions are most welcomed.  Good Day!

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