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1828 Schubert: String quintet in Cmaj
1830 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
1844 Mendelssohn: Violin concerto in Emin
1866 Bruch: Violin concerto 1 in Gmin
1868 Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem
1874 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition
1878 Brahms: Violin concerto in Dmaj
1878 Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in Dmaj
1886 Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
1886 Saint-Saens: Symphony 3 in Cmin 'Organ'
1890 Faure: Requiem in Dmin
1891 Brahms: Clarinet quintet in Bmin
1893 Dvorak: Symphony 9 in Emin 'New world'
1893 Dvorak: String quartet 12 in Fmaj 'American'
1894 Mahler: Symphony 2
1896 Bruckner: Symphony 9 (unfinished)
1901 Mahler: Symphony 4
1904 Mahler: Rueckert Lieder
1904 Mahler: Kindertotenlieder
1904 Mahler: Symphony 6 in Amin
1909 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
1910 Mahler: Symphony 9
1913 Stravinsky: The rite of spring
1945 Moeran: Cello concerto
1947 Barber: Knoxville summer of 1915
1976 Gorecki: Symphony 3
That makes 26 works by 16 different composers. Not bad.
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