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Most Well Known Classical Pieces in the History of Music

Most Well Known Classical Pieces in the History of Music

Don’t quote us, but here’s our list of the most well-known classical pieces in the history of music. Enjoy!

“William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini

“William Tell Overture” by Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) wrote this 12-minute-long piece of music as the last part of his four-part musical overture. Other parts are well known as well but this piece became famous through its usage in Warner Brother’s Looney Tunes cartoons.

 “Canon in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel

 “Canon in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel

Johann Pachelbel (1653 -1706) was a baroque composer who was regarded as one of the most important composers of the period. He wowed the world with his technical and sophisticated compositions.

 “Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi

 “Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) is a baroque composer who wrote four pieces of music in 1723, each representing a season, and because of their popularity the music has been incorporated in many works and movies, especially his “Spring” and “Summer.”

“Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven

“Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven

Another masterpiece by Ludwig Van Beethoven was completed in 1824 and is the most famous part of the popular Ninth Symphony. It is amazing because of the fact that Beethoven was deaf but was able to produce such high caliber compositions.

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang A. Mozart

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang A. Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756- 1791) created this legendary 15-minute piece of music in just one week. It was officially published in 1827.

“Toccata in d minor” by Johann S. Bach

“Toccata in d minor” by Johann S. Bach

This is probably one of the most famous pieces of music that J.S. Bach (1685- 1750) ever composed. The piece has a heavy, strong quality and it quickly became associated with many dramatic scenes in films. Bach is the all-time top rated fugue composer.

“Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner

“Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (1813- 1883) created a magnum Opus “The Ring Cycle,” which this piece comes from, and based it on an expression of Odin’s daughter (Norse Mythology). This opera took 26 years to finish and is only the second section of a four-part masterpiece.

“Hallelujah Chorus” George F. Handel

“Hallelujah Chorus” George F. Handel

George Frideric Handel (1685 -1759) wrote this entire oratorio in 24 days. Now-a-days, many melodies borrow tunes from this piece. According to legend, Handel heard the music from angels playing into his ear. The lyrics are based on biblical passages as Handel was trying to depict the life, death, and resurrection […]

“O Fortuna”  by Carl Orff

“O Fortuna”  by Carl Orff

Carl Orff (1895- 1982) is most definitely best recognized for this piece of music, and for its usage of very dramatic vocal and instrumental tones. The piece is based on a 13th century poem “Carmina Burana.” It is one of the most played classical music pieces in the world.