Top Five Musical Clichés

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We look to music to express things that are true and sincere, ways to express our innermost feelings and bare our souls. But sometimes what was once meaningful becomes cliché. Here are the top five.

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Mark Morris's Top Five Dance Scores

Monday, August 15, 2011

In this video, choreographer Mark Morris shares his five favorite dance scores. See which one he calls "the most astonishing, psychedelic, terrifying, hallucinogenic miracle of a piece of music."

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Top Five Loudest Compositions

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fortissimo just isn’t enough for some people. To show just how ear-shatteringly bombastic some composers want their music played, they have been known to double, triple and even quadr...

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Top Five Critiques of Stravinsky

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Despite a momentous career, critics often hated on Stravinsky. As such, we’ve culled Nicolas Slonimsky’s book Lexicon of Musical Invective for the five top written critiques of Stravi...

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Louis Langrée's Top Five Mozart Works

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed over 600 pieces in a vast range of styles and genres. Watch conductor Louis Langrée discuss his top five in this video.

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Top Five Composers by the Numbers

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It seems counterintuitive that something as intimate and personal as music can be created using a formula. But here are five composers who wrote compelling works using complex mathematical principles.

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Top Five Politically Outspoken Classical Musicians

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

On July 5, Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica staged a concert in Strasbourg, France that championed the cause of Russian political prisoners. It followed a tradition of using ...

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Top Five National Anthems by Notable Composers

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There are a lot of anthems being sung this month with Canada Day, Bastille Day and Belgian National Day, not to mention July 4th all happening. Here are our top five anthems written by notable composers.

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Top Five Classical DVDs of 2011 (So Far)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Before heading out to the beach or the country for some R&R this summer, we've put together a list of movies to watch just in case a rainy day or two keeps us indoors. Among them ...

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Steven Reineke's Top Five Pops Numbers

Friday, July 01, 2011

Steven Reineke, the Music Director of the New York Pops, shares his top five pops pieces, which touch on some personal memories and pay homage to his mentor, the late pops conductor E...


Top Five Craziest Pops Headliners

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

As a salute to the orchestras that stepped outside the box when programming their concert seasons, here are our top five unlikely headliners -- from an ABBA tribute band to a NASA astronaut.


Top Five Animal-Themed Works

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

This week, the New York Philharmonic mounts Leos Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen in an anticipated, animal-themed production at Avery Fisher Hall. With no offense to Old Farmer MacDona...

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John Leguizamo's Top Five Classical Works

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Today at 3 pm outspoken actor John Leguizamo shares his favorite pieces. Watch a video preview.

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Top Five Most Influential Fathers of Music

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In honor of Father’s Day, we list our top five fathers who greatly influenced the course of Western music through their progeny, and their children’s spouses.

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The Top Five Outdoor Summer Concerts in New York City

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

After such a terribly long winter, it’s time to celebrate summer’s arrival. There's no better way to appreciate a balmy evening than taking in an outdoor concert in one of New York Ci...

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Top Five Naval-Themed Works for Fleet Week

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It’s the time of year when beaches open, outdoor concerts begin and for hundreds of men and women in the Navy the time to spend six days in New York City for Fleet Week. Celebrate the...

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Top Five Works About Raging Thunderstorms

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

As New Yorkers slog through a week of gray skies and wet weather, we're saluting the top five depictions of storms in classical music -- from Beethoven to Strauss.

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Five New Violin Recordings to Get Excited About This Spring

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The spiritual offspring of Anne-Sophie Mutter, today's most prominent violinists are, on the whole, female, ultra-virtuosic, career-focused and glamorous looking besides. Here are...

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The Top Five Librettos of All Time

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Composers get the lion’s share of the glory in the opera world. However, the Words First program at New York City Opera is bringing renewed attention to the librettist. We asked two w...


Top Five Classical Music Apps

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Since we listed our Top Five Classical Music Apps in 2009, there's been an explosion in app development and devices that use them (iPad anyone?). Our new Top Five apps for the iPhon...