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This page contains a list of music that tend to get stuck in Camelfantasy's head and of which he considers must-listen pieces for the classical music enthusiast. Do note that unlike other user music pages, the listed music are almost purely classical-style. Don't bother with this page if you're only into pop music and all that other stuff.

Main List

Date Piece Composer Performer(s)/(Conductor) Information
5/1/16 String Quartet No.12, Op.96, IV. Finale Dvořák, Antonín Alban Berg Quartet This piece was inspired by a train ride Dvořák took while traveling through the USA, riding from one coast to the other.
8/6/16 Act II Finale (Triumphal March) from Aida Verdi, Giuseppe Orchestre de l'Opéra de Vienne Commonly played in graduation ceremonies, this piece contains a distinct oboe melody backed by cello pizzicato and then a distinct brass melody in the middle of the piece.
8/6/16 Petite Suite, L 65 Debussy, Claude Symphony Orchestra of The Arthur Rubinstein Music School in Bydgoszcz, Poland/Henryk Wierzchoń Originally written for a piano duet, this piece has since been transcribed into a more known symphonic orchestral version, and contains four of the classic French dances.
8/22/16 Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Slovak Chamber Orchestra/Bohdan Warchal Although often overlooked/overrated due to its popularity and frequency of performances, the piece is actually a very well written one, with the first and fourth movements upbeat and fast, a moving second movement, and a short third movement.
8/22/16 Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 Dvořák, Antonín Münchner Philharmoniker/Sergiu Celibidache The second and fourth movements of this piece are among the more famous movements, with their melodies appearing often in modern pop culture.
8/27/16 Waltz in E-flat major, B.133 Chopin, Frédéric Unknown One of Chopin's shorter and lesser known waltzes, it is sometimes not classified as a waltz, but is nevertheless still beautiful in its style.
8/27/16 Waltz in A minor, B.150 Chopin, Frédéric Cubus The waltz is one Chopin's most known compositions and is heard often in piano recitals.
9/8/16 Holberg Suite, Op. 40 Grieg, Edvard Camerata Nordica String Orchestra Written to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Ludvig Holberg's birth, this suite features a prelude followed by the traditional ballroom dance music.
9/9/16 2 Elegiac Melodies, Op.34 Grieg, Edvard Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Willem Mengelberg This piece contains two movements, both of which are very passionately melodic and achingly beautiful.
9/9/16 Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.20 Elgar, Edward Sydney Camerata The movements all contain a similar melody heard at some point, and the piece represents the youthful charm of Elgar when he wrote the piece.
12/29/16 Symphony in C Major Bizet, Georges Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernhard Haitink Written within a month when Bizet was 17 and is the only symphony he composed. Although written in the Romantic period, it is Neoclassical in style.
2/17/17 Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048 Bach, Johann Sebastian Freiburger Barockorchester One of the 6 Brandenburg Concertos written by Bach, which are considered the finest examples of Baroque music.
2/17/17 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell ...
5/10/17 Egmont, Op.84 (Overture) Beethoven, Ludwig van Wiener Philharmoniker/Leonard Bernstein ...
5/10/17 Symphony No.1, Op.68 Brahms, Johannes Wiener Philharmoniker/Leonard Bernstein ...
5/10/17 various music from Studio Ghibli films, full list found at link Hisaishi, Joe Full list found here/Joe Hisaishi Arrangment of soundtracks from Studio Ghibli films that were both directed by Hayao Miyazaki and composed by Joe Hisashi
7/10/17 Symphony in D minor Franck, César Orchestre National de France/Leonard Bernstein Franck's most famous work and only symphony, with a slow first movement, haunting English horn melody in the second, and a joyous finale, with a few notable recurring motifs.
7/10/17 Suite in D minor, HWV 437 (Sarabande) Handel, George Frideric Armonie Symphony Orchestra/Stefano Seghedoni Notably used in the film Barry Lyndon, and served as a basis for the Requiem from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
7/10/17 Ruslan and Lyudmila (Overture) Glinka, Mikhail Unknown/Yuri Ahronovitch ...
7/17/17 Il barbiere di Siviglia (Overture) Rossini, Gioachino St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov Rossini's most famous opera, and one of the most well known in history.
7/19/17 Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen Mahler, Gustav Wiener Philharmoniker/Leonard Bernstein A series of 4 lieder of a heartbroken wanderer that eventually finds peace.
7/19/17 Symphony No. 5 (Adagietto) Mahler, Gustav Wiener Philharmoniker/Leonard Bernstein Although commonly used in funerals, it was originally written as a love song and is renowned among slow and expressive works.
7/21/17 Symphony No.1, Op.21 Beethoven, Ludwig van Wiener Philharmoniker/Leonard Bernstein ...
8/30/17 Antiche danze et arie per liuto, Suite No.3 Respighi, Ottorino CHAARTS Chamber Aartists Although in the Romantic period, the music takes inspiration from Italian music during the Baroque and Classical periods.
8/30/17 Suite for Strings, Op.1 Nielson, Carl The Young Danish Chamber Orcestra/Gunnar Tagmose The most known and played among Nielson's compositions.
12/18/17 Serenade, Op.6 Suk, Josef The Young Danish Chamber Orchestra/Gunnar Tagmose Suk's most well known work and one of his few uplifting pieces as opposed to his other pieces tending to be more melancholy.
12/18/17 Serenade for strings, Op. 11 Wirén, Dag English Chamber Orchestra/Johannes Somary ...
12/20/17 Serenade for Strings, Op.22 Dvořák, Antonín RNCM String Ensemble/Unknown A variety of styles are expressed throughout the movements, from a pensive larghetto to a light waltz to a lively scherzo.
12/20/17 Suite for Strings Janáček, Leoš Manfred Honeck/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra One of Janáček's earliest pieces with slight influence from Dvořák, with the music itself being Romantic but but arranged as a Baroque suite.
12/20/17 Finlandia, Op. 26 Sibelius, Jean Unknown/Unknown A symphonic poem written as a protest against censorship by the Russian Empire during their occupation of Finland, and eventually became a symbol of Finnish nationalism, with its hymn section later becoming one of the country's most important national songs.
12/20/17 Symphony No.2, Op.43 Sibelius, Jean Wiener Philharmoniker/Leonard Bernstein Sibelius's most known symphony, the piece gradually builds to a triumphant finale movement reflective of Finland nationalism during Russian oppression.
12/20/17 Symphony No.44 in E minor, Hob.I:44 Haydn, Joseph Orchestra of St. John's/John Lubbock Nicknamed the symphony of mourning, the symphony has come to be associated with the Sturm und Drang movement of the time.
12/20/17 Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 (Overture) Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Wiener Symphoniker/Fabio Luisi The overture is well known in music and is often played by itself in concerts.
12/20/17 Simple Symphony, Op. 4 Britten, Benjamin English Chamber Orchestra/Britten, Benjamin Written when Britten was only 20 and is based on eight themes that he wrote during his childhood.


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Studio Ghibli List

Some of the more notable Studio Ghibli soundtrack pieces.

All pieces were composed by Joe Hisaishi unless otherwise noted.

Date Piece Movie Notes
8/31/17 One Summer's Day Spirited Away -
8/31/17 Reprise Spirited Away -
8/31/17 Itsumo Nando Demo (Always With Me) Spirited Away Performed and composed by Youmi Kimura, with lyricis by Wakako Kaku
8/31/17 Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Opening theme) Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind -
8/31/17 Naushika Rekuiemu Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind -
8/31/17 The Girl Who Fell from the Sky Laputa: Castle in the Sky -
8/31/17 A Rowdy Brawl Laputa: Castle in the Sky -
8/31/17 Pazu's Fanfare Laputa: Castle in the Sky American release version; the original did not include the pizzicato background
12/18/17 Summer of Farewells — From Up on Poppy Hill From Up on Poppy Hill Composed by Satoshi Takebe and sung by Aoi Teshima