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John Gibbons holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago. He teaches music appreciation classes at the Universality of Chicago’s Graham School and at Newberry Library. He also offers private piano lessons in the Chicago area.

Bonnie Gibbons is a web site developer and SEO with a background in classical music. She might be persuaded to teach a few cello lessons in the Chicago area.

Most Transformative Classical Compositions Ever?

The Chicago Sinfonietta invites you to take survey to select musical works for its Think Big progam at this November’s Chicago Humanities Festival. One choice per category is allowed, and an write-in option appears at the end.

Nominees (below) were selected by Michael Abels, Henry Fogel, Tania Léon, Dominique-René de Lerma, Drew McManus, Steve Robinson and Alex Ross.

The Sinfonetta site doesn’t offer listing samples, be we’ll take care of that for you, via the magic of Rhapsody free trial tracks:

Classical Period

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 Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven

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 Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” - Beethoven*

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 Don Giovanni - Mozart

Romantic Period

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 Tristan und Isolde - Wagner* 

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 Symphonie Fantastique - Berlioz

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 La Mer - Debussy

Modern

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 Appalachian Spring - Copland

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 Rite of Spring - Stravinsky

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 Five Pieces for Orchestra - Schoenberg*

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 Concerto for Orchestra - Bartok

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 Desert Music - Steve Reich

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 Sensemaya - Silvestre Revueltas

* Bonnie’s choices

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