Piece you could not live without
If you could only live with one piece of music for the rest of your life which would it be.
I had to pick a top three of bruckner 9, Mahler 9 and the Goldberg variations, and ended up picking the Goldberg variations.
Glazunov viola Elegie, Eccles sonata and Symphonie Fantastique. It would be hard to choose though!
If you have to pick just one, it's kind of not fair to list three.
It's almost impossible for me to make a violin/cello choice, so I'll go to my other instrument for Alkan's 12 Etudes Op 39 for piano, a favourite of my late father who played them a darn sight better than I ever could!
These are two distinct, hypothetical questions, neither of which I can answer
I tend to agree with Steve, but for today the winner is
Peter- that's amazing! I was also thinking "maybe a late Beethoven quartet" and specifically Op127
I feel like this may be cheating, but Bach's Art of Fugue (I'm thinking the Emerson Quartet's interpretation) would be at the top of my list at the moment.
If I have to choose it would be Beethoven opus 131
To add to what Steve said: None of us will ever be in a situation that calls for this decision. Lets stop bothering our pretty or not so pretty heads about it!
Beethoven, Op. 61
Bach, 2nd partita, Chaconne
Schubert Death and the Maiden. It'll be something different this time tomorrow!
If we burned it all, we would be free and could write new music, and wouldn't have to pretend to keep an open mind for when they program contemporary works on recitals we go to.
I wasn’t trying to make anyone upset it’s just a fun question and not something to worry over. It’s a fun theoretical that is interesting to me that’s all not a realistic situation.
I would definitely have to go with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony. It’s one of the most amazing pieces of music I’ve heard, and I’ve heard rumors it’ll be programmed next orchestra season for the university orchestra I perform in.
My reading is at basic elementary level, being a hack with 5 or 6 years experience, but I like playing La Vie En Rose and the theme from Gone With The Wind, which I play by ear. It would otherwise be Ashokan Farewell, but sooo many people play that. Maybe I'm just a fiddler here, but I play vibrato and pieces with feeling, not fast fiddle tunes.
A single piece of music? Verdi’s Aida.
Beethoven's Archduke Trio.
MZ, the Glazunov is a good choice. Probably my favourite viola work. It would either be that or Mendelssohn E flat octet
Nancy, just to clarify, people are listing here their all-time favorite pieces of music, so not necessarily something they play themselves. I'd like to add Tchaikovsky 6 to the list, after all, if you can only listen to a single piece for the rest of your life, you are going to feel depressed, right ;-)
Schnittke's "Tango" from the film Agony (also in Diary of a Madman). Just had to throw that in.
The Fall, "And This Day"
I mix classical viola with bluegrass fiddling, so I find Ashokan Farewell to be a nice tune. As for Tchaikovsky 6 being depressing, yes, that last movement is a downer - but think of the fun you'd have watching people trying to waltz to the second movement.
Top three for me would be:
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