- Richard Strauss, Tod und Verklärung (‘Death and Transfiguration‘), op. 24 // Many have argued that this is a prime example of Strauss’ ability to write music that depicts a programme. I’m not so sure. The detail of the programme comes from a poem Strauss’ friend Ritter wrote after Death and Transfiguration had already been composed. Strauss composed around the rather vague concept of a dying artist and his ‘ideal’, and the programme justifies the musical form and ideas, enabling the listener to hear details and understand the structure more easily.
- Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, op. 34
- Giacomo Puccini, Tosca
- Charlie Parker, Thriving On A Riff
- Muse, Plug in Baby