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What are your all-time favorite few works of music? Could be entire film scores, entire sagas, albums, symphonies, movements, songs, etc. I'm not going to say it can't be individual tracks, but I found that when I included individual tracks my list would have been way too long--judging a group of tracks, however you'd like to group them, is a great way to force yourself to be more selective, which I think is important in an all-time favorite list. The goal here is to exercise restraint--if you don't feel lots of pain not including some works, you're doing it wrong!

Here are my picks, in no particular order:

West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

Star Wars Saga - John Williams

Raiders of the Lost Ark - John Williams

First Suite in E-flat - Gustav Holst

Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saens

Festive Overture - Dimitri Shostakovitch

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

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Hunchback of Notre Dame .... Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz

Beauty and the Beast.... Alan Menken, Howard Ashman

Hook.... John Williams

Phantom of the Opera ...... Andrew Lloyd Webber

Jurassic Park... John Williams

Batman Danny Elfman

AIr Force One... Jerry Goldsmith

Rudy..... Jerry Goldsmith

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Ancient Airs and Dances - Ottorino Respighi

Chinatown - Jerry Goldsmith

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - John Williams

Ellens Gesang III/Ave Maria - Franz Schubert

A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles

Haitian Fight Song - Charles Mingus

Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks

The La's - The La's

The Lord of the Rings - Howard Shore

Moondance - Van Morrison

The Nutcracker - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Odessey and Oracle - The Zombies

On Every Street - Dire Straits

Petrushka - Igor Stravinsky

Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel

Procession of the Nobles - Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

Rodeo - Aaron Copland

String Quartet No. 5 - Bela Bartok

Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp

Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan

Tommy - The Who

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - Michel Legrand

The Wizard of Oz - Herbert Stothart/Harold Arlen

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Haitian Fight Song - Charles Mingus

Good choice! I personally prefer "Fables of Faubus," but as a trombone player I also love "Haitian Fight Song."

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It's hard to choose! Haitian Fight Song was my introduction to Mingus, though, so I'm partial to that one. Plus, Mingus absolutely kills it in The Clown recording, both the intro and his extended solo. It's such an outrageous piece, so different from anything I've heard before or since, jazz or otherwise.

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my three favorite songs are Empty Garden by Elton John, and Break it Down Again and Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears.

my favorite JW tracks would be Love Theme from Superman, Princess Leia's Theme, Star Wars, and Parade of the Slave Children, TOD.

my favorite JG tracks are Enterprise, and the Meld STTMP, and Overture from Twilight Zone,

my favorite JNH tracks are Hands of Fate parts 1 and 2, Signs, and Central Park from KK.

my favorite JH tracks are Stealing the Enterprise, STTSFS, Southampton Titanic.

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my three favorite songs are Empty Garden by Elton John, and Break it Down Again and Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears.

my favorite JW tracks would be Love Theme from Superman, Princess Leia's Theme, Star Wars, and Parade of the Slave Children, TOD.

my favorite JW tracks are Enterprise, and the Meld STTMP, and Overture from Twilight Zone,

my favorite JNH tracks are Hands of Fate parts 1 and 2, Signs, and Central Park from KK.

my favorite JH tracks are Stealing the Enterprise, STTSFS, Southampton Titanic.

Nice to read Tears For Fears in a JW post. My faves are "Laid So Low", and "Woman In Chains" but I just adore the album "Elemental".

Nice film choices: my fave JNH track would be the main title from "Grand Canyon" (or anything from "GC", actually).

Fave JH track is definitely "Michael's Gift to Karen".

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my three favorite songs are Empty Garden by Elton John, and Break it Down Again and Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears.

my favorite JW tracks would be Love Theme from Superman, Princess Leia's Theme, Star Wars, and Parade of the Slave Children, TOD.

my favorite JW tracks are Enterprise, and the Meld STTMP, and Overture from Twilight Zone,

my favorite JNH tracks are Hands of Fate parts 1 and 2, Signs, and Central Park from KK.

my favorite JH tracks are Stealing the Enterprise, STTSFS, Southampton Titanic.

Yeah, I like those Jerry Willsmith tracks too. :wink:

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Songs from the Big Chair was my very first CD. Star Wars was my second. Naturally a piece of music from each is among my favorites.

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Let's say if I was off to some island and was limited to an old 128MB iPod Shuffle?

Williams: Hook

Williams: War Horse

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Mahler: Symphony No. 2

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1) John Williams (Sabrina, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Hook, E.T., Schindler’s List)

2) Antonín Dvorák (Heroic Song, Cello Concerto, 9
th
Symphony)

3) Sergei Prokofiev (5th Symphony, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella)

4) Richard Strauss (Don Juan, Symphonia Domestica, Metamorphosen, Rosenkavalier, Heldenleben)

5) Erich Wolfgang Korngold (Captain Blood, Violin Concerto, Violanta, Die Tote Stadt)

6) Gustav Mahler (6th, 2nd, 9th, 5th, 4th, 1st, 8th Symphony)

7) Leonard Bernstein (Divertemento for Orchestra, Candide, On the Town)

8) Dmitri Shostakovitch (5
th
, 9
th
, 10
th
, 12
th
Symphony, 2
nd
Piano Concerto)

9) Sergei Rachmaninoff (2
nd
, 4
th
Piano Concerto, 2nd Symphony, Toteninsell, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini)

10) Giacomo Puccini (Preludio Sinfonico, Suor Angelica Intermezzo, Madam Butterfly)

11) Arnold Schoenberg (Chamber Symphony no.1, Die Verklärte Nacht, Guerrelieder)

12) Alban Berg (Three Orchestral Pieces no. III, Violin Concerto)

13) Witold Lutoslawksi (3
rd
, 4
th
Symphony, Concerto for orchestra mov. 3)

14) Camille Saint Saëns (La Muse et le Poet, Samson et Delila)

15) Richard Wagner (Walkuren Ritt, Feuerzauber, Grane Mein Ross, Rienzi, Siegfried Idyll)

16) Franz Liszt (Les Preludes, Hamlet, Mazeppa)

17) Johan Wagenaar (Cyrano de Bergerac, Summer of Life, Taming of the Shrew)

18) Alexander von Zemlinsky (Die Seejungfrau, Sarema)

19) Edward Elgar (Nimrod, Alassio, Falstaff)

20) Ralph Vaughan Williams (Fantasia on a Theme, 6
th
Symphony, Serenade to Music)

21) Claude Debussy (La Mer – Jeux de vagues)

22) Sergei Taneyev (Oresteia Ouverture, 2nd Symphony, Concert suite for violin)

23) Pjotr Ilyich Tschaikovsky (Ballet of Snow Flakes, Nutcracker, Swan Lake)

24) Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek (Schlemihl)

25) William Walton (1st, 2nd Symphony, Battle of Britain Suite, Spitfire)

26) Gustav Holst (The Planets, A Song of the Night)

27) Béla Bartók (Concerto for Orchestra)

28) Einojuhani Rautavaara (Angels Symphony)

29) Alfred Schnittke (Concerto Grosso no. 1 mov. 5/A Far Cry, Gogol Suite mov. VII The Ball)

30) Olivier Messiaen (Turangalila Symphonie)

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Nice to see Rautavaara creeping in, at #28. The "Angels" cycle, is really something special.

Thanks, yes, absolutely inspiring music.

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