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ADAM, Adolphe-Charles
 Giselle (ballet)

ALBENIZ, Isaac
 Ibéria for Piano 
 Suite espanola Op. 47 for Piano

ALKAN, Charles-Valentin
 Piano Music (Preludes, Impromptus, Études, Concerto, etc.)

BERLIOZ, Hector
 Damnation of Faust Op. 24
 Harold in Italy for Viola and Orchestra Op. 16
 L'enfance du Christ Op. 25 
 Requiem Op. 5  Play
 Symphonie fantastique Op. 14
 Les Troyens (opera)

BIZET, Georges
 Carmen (opera)
 Suites: L'Arlesienne

BOITO, Arrigo
 Mefistofele (opera)

BORODIN, Alexander
 Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
 Quartets
 Symphony #2

BRAHMS, Johannes
 Alto Rhapsody for Alto, Male Chorus and Orchestra Op. 53
 Academic Festival Overture Op. 80
 Concertos for Piano (1, 2)
 Concerto for Violin 
 Concerto for Violin and Cello Op. 102
 Ein Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem) Op. 45
 Hungarian Dances for Piano or Orchestra
 Piano Music (Fantasias, Intermezzos, Ballades, Waltzes, Rhapsodies, etc.)
 Quartets for Strings (1-3)
 Quartets for Piano and Strings (1-3)
 Quintets for Strings
 Quintet for Clarinet and Strings 
 Quintet for Piano and Strings Op. 34
 Serenades for Orchestra  
 Sextets (1,2)
 Sonatas for Cello and Piano
 Sonatas for Viola or Clarinet 
 Sonatas for Violin and Piano
 Symphonies ( 1, 2, 3, 4)
 Tragic Overture Op. 81
 Trio for Clarinet and Strings Op. 114
 Trios for Piano and Strings 
 Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano Op. 40
 Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a

BRUCH, Max
 Concerto for Violin #1 Op. 26
 "Kol Nidrei" for Cello and Orchestra Op. 47  

CHARPENTIER, Gustave
 Louise (opera)

CHAUSSON, Ernest
 Concert for Violin, Piano and String Quartet Op. 21
 "Poeme" for Violin and Orchestra Op. 25
 Symphony Op. 20

CHOPIN, Frédéric
 Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Op. 22 
 Krakowiak Op. 14 Play
 Piano Music (Ballades, Études, Nocturnes, Preludes, Scherzi, etc.)
 Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 65
 Sonatas for Piano  

CILEA, Francesco
 Adriana Lecouvreur 

CRUSELL, Bernhard Henrik
 Concertos for Clarinet 

DEBUSSY, Claude
 Clair de lune (Suite Bergamasque) for Piano
 Études for Piano  
 La Mer (Symphonic Sketches) for Orchestra
 L'Isle joyeuse for Piano
 Nocturnes for Orchestra and Chorus 
 Quartet for Strings
 Sonata for Cello and Piano
 Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
 Sonata for Violin and Piano

DELIBES, Léo
 Coppelia (ballet suite) Play
 Lakme (opera)
 Sylvia (ballet suite)

DELIUS, Frederick
 Brigg Fair (English Rhapsody)
 On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring 

DONIZETTI, Gaetano
 Lucrezia Borgia (opera)
 Lucia di Lammermoor (opera)
 La Fille du Regiment (opera)
 Don Pasquale (opera)

DUKAS, Paul
 Sorcerer's Apprentice

DVORAK, Antonín
 Carnival Overture Op. 92
 Concerto for Cello Op. 104
 Concerto for Piano Op. 33
 Concerto for Violin
 Quartets
 Quartets for Piano and Strings
 Quintets for Piano and Strings
 Rusalka (opera)
 Serenades for Orchestra
 Slavonic Dances
 Symphonies ( 7, 8, 9 "New World")
 Trios for Piano and Strings (1-3, 4)

ELGAR, Edward
 Concerto for Cello Op. 85
 Concerto for Violin Op. 61
 Enigma Variations Op. 36
 Pomp and Circumstance Marches Op. 39
 Symphonies ( 1, 2)

FALLA, Manuel de 
 El Amor brujo (ballet)
 Nights in the Gardens of Spain for Piano and Orchestra
 Three-Cornered Hat Dances

FAURÉ, Gabriel
 Chamber Music w/ Piano ( Quartets and  Quintets)
 Pelléas et Mélisande for Orchestra Op. 80
 Piano Music (Barcarolles and Nocturnes)
 Requiem Op. 48 

FRANCK, César
 Organ Music (Chorales)
 Quintet for Piano and Strings
 Sonata for Violin and Piano  
 Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
 Symphony in D minor

GIORDANO, Umberto
 Andrea Chenier (opera)

GIULIANI, Mauro
 Concertos for Guitar and Strings
 Music for Flute and Guitar

GLAZUNOV, Alexander 
 Raymonda (ballet) Play 

GLINKA, Mikhail
 A Life For The Tsar (opera) 

GOUNOD, Charles
 Faust (opera) 

GRANADOS, Enrique  
 Spanish Dances for Piano

GRIEG, Edvard
 Concerto for Piano Op. 16
 Lyric Pieces for Piano
 Peer Gynt Suites

HUMPERDINCK, Engelbert
 Hansel and Gretel (opera)  

LALO, Édouard
 Concerto in D minor for Cello 

LEHÁR, Franz
 Merry Widow (opera) Play

LEONCAVALLO, Ruggero
 Pagliacci (opera)

LISZT, Franz
 Annees de Pelerinage for Piano
 Concertos for Piano
 Hungarian Rhapsodies
 Les Préludes for Orchestra
 Mephisto Waltz for Piano
 Paganini Études for Piano
 Sonata in B Minor for Piano
 Totentanz for Piano and Orchestra
 Transcendental Études for Piano

MacDOWELL, Edward
 Concertos for Piano

MASCAGNI, Pietro
 Cavalleria Rusticana (opera)

MASSENET, Jules
 Le Cid (ballet suite) 

MENDELSSOHN, Felix 
 Concertos for Piano
 Concerto for Violin 
 Elijah (oratorio)
 Midsummer Night's Dream (incidental music)
 Octet for Strings Op. 20
 Quartets for Strings
 Quintet for Strings #2 Op. 87
 Sonatas for Organ 
 Songs Without Words for Piano
 Symphonies (3, 4, 5)
 Trios for Piano, Violin and Cello

MEYERBEER, Giacomo
 L'Africaine (opera)
 Les Huguenots (opera)
 Les Patineurs (ballet)

MOSZKOWSKI, Moritz
 Piano Music (Etincelles, Virtuoso Études, etc.)

MUSSORGSKY, Modest 
 Night on Bald Mountain
 Pictures at an Exhibition  

PAGANINI, Niccolò
Caprices Op. 1 (24) 
Quartets for Guitar and Strings

PONCHIELLI, Amilcare
 Gioconda: Dance of the Hours

PUCCINI, Giacomo
 La Boheme (opera)
 La Fanciulla del West (opera)
 Madame Butterfly (opera)
 Manon Lescaut (opera)
 La Rondine (opera)
 Tosca (opera)
 Turandot (opera)

RACHMANINOV, Sergei
 Concertos for Piano (1, 2, 3, 4)
 Études and Preludes for Piano  
 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
 Sonatas for Piano 
 Symphonic Dances
 Symphony #2 

RAVEL, Maurice
 Alborada del gracioso for Orchestra
 Boléro for Orchestra 
 Concerto in D for Piano (Left Hand)
 Concerto in G for Piano
 Daphnis et Chloé (ballet)
 Ma Mere l'Oye (ballet)
 Piano Music 
 Pavane pour une infante defunte
 Quartet for String 
 Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra
 La Valse for Orchestra
 Valses nobles et sentimentales  

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, Nikolai 
 Russian Easter Overture
 Schéhérazade (symphonic suite)
 Symphony #2 "Antar" 

ROUSSEL, Albert
 Bacchus et Ariane 
 Symphony #3

SAINT-SAËNS, Camille
 Carnival of the Animals
 Concertos for Cello
 Concertos #2 and 5 for Piano
 Danse macabre for Orchestra
 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra
 Samson et Dalila (opera)
 Symphony #3   

SCHUBERT, Franz  
 Moments musicaux for Piano D. 780
 Octet D. 803
 Quartets #12, 13 and #14 "Death and the Maiden"
 Quintet for Strings D. 956
 Quintet in A "Trout" D. 667
 Rosamunde: Incidental Music D. 797
 Sonatas for Piano (D.  664, 959, 960)
 Sonata "Arpeggione" D. 821
 Songs (Die Schone Mullerin, D. 795 and Schwanengesang, D. 957)
 Symphonies (2, 4, 5, 8, 9)
 Trios for Piano and Strings D. 898 and 929
 Wanderer Fantasie for Piano D. 760

SCHUMANN, Robert
 Carnaval for Piano Op. 9
 Concerto for Cello Op. 129
 Concerto for Piano Op. 54
 Dichterliebe Op. 48 (song cycle)
 Kinderscenen for Piano Op. 15
 Kreisleriana for Piano Op. 16
 Quartet for Piano and Strings Op. 47
 Quintet for Piano and Strings Op. 44  
 Symphonic Études for Piano Op. 13
 Symphonies ( 1, 2, 3, 4)
 Trios for Piano and Strings

SMETANA, Bedrich
 Ma Vlast  
 Bartered Bride: Overture and Dances
 Quartets 

SPOHR, Louis  
 Quartets and "Double" Quartets for Strings  

STRAUSS, Johann II
 Die Fledermaus (opera)
 Waltzes  

TCHAIKOVSKY, Peter Ilyitch
 Capriccio italien for Orchestra Op. 45  
 Concerto for Violin Op. 35 
 Marche slave for Orchestra Op. 31
 Nutcracker  
 Overture 1812 Op. 49
 Quartets for Strings
 Roméo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
 Serenade for Strings Op. 48
 Sleeping Beauty Op. 66 (ballet)
 Swan Lake Op. 20 (ballet)
 Symphonies (2, 4, 5, 6)
 Trio for Piano and Strings Op. 50
 Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra Op. 33

THOMAS, Ambroise
 Mignon: Overture

VERDI, Giuseppe
 Aïda (opera)
 Falstaff (opera)
 Macbeth (opera)
 Otello (opera)
 Requiem Mass
 Rigoletto (opera)
 La Traviata (opera)
 Il Trovatore (opera)

WAGNER, Richard
 Der fliegende Hollander (opera)
 Gotterdammerung (opera):
 Rhine Journey and Funeral Music
 Lohengrin (opera)
 Die Meistersinger (opera)
 Parsifal (opera): Prelude and Good Friday Music 
 Tannhäuser (opera)
 Tristan und Isolde (opera): Prelude and Liebestod

WEBER, Carl Maria von
 Concertos and Concertino for Clarinet 
 "Grand Duo Concertant" for Clarinet and Piano
 Invitation to the Dance 
 Piano Music
 Quintet for Clarinet and Strings

WOLF, Hugo
 Songs (Lied)