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UV:  (13 notes)
Viktor Ullmann:  Brezulinka – Three Yiddish Songs, op. 53
Viktor Ullmann:  Der Kaiser von Atlantis – opera 
Viktor Ullmann:  String Quartet no. 3
Jay Ungar:  Ashokan Farewell
Gregory Vajda:  Barbie Blue Overture-Fantasy
Johann Baptiste Vanhal: Concerto in F major for two bassoons
Edgard Varèse:  Amériques
Ralph Vaughan Williams:  (many listings – see below)
Giuseppe Verdi:  (many listings – see separate page)
Pauline Viardot-Garcia:  Piano Quartet
Louis Vierne:  Organ Symphonies
Heitor Villa-Lobos:  (many listings – see below)
Henri Vieuxtemps:  violin concerti
Taavo Virkhaus:  Symphony no. 6
Antonio Vivaldi:  (many listings – see below)
Amadeo Vives:  Doña Francisquita – zarzuela 
Henk de Vlieger:  Tristan und Isolde, an orchestral passion (after Wagner)

Ralph Vaughan Williams:  (31 notes)
    On Christmas Night – ballet after Dickens
    Concerto Academico
    Oboe Concerto in a minor
    Tuba Concerto in f minor
    Concerto Grosso
    Dona nobis pacem – cantata 
    English Folk Song Suite
    Fantasia on Greensleeves
    Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
    Fantasy on Christmas Carols
    Five Mystical Songs
    Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’
    Flos Campi for viola, orchestra, and chorus
    Folk hymns and folk songs
    In the Fen Country
    Job:  A Masque for Dancing
    The Lark Ascending
    Norfolk Rhapsody no. 1
    Partita for Double String Orchestra
            Rhosymedre:  Prelude on a Welsh Hymn Tune
    Serenade to Music
    Songs of Travel
    Symphony no. 1, “A Sea Symphony”
    Symphony no. 2, “London”
    Symphony no. 3, “Pastorale”
    Symphony no. 4 in f minor
    Symphony no. 5
    Symphony no. 6 in e minor
    Symphony no. 7, “Sinfonia Antartica”
            Suite for viola
    The Wasps

Heitor Villa-Lobos:  (9 notes)
    Bachianas Brasileiras no. 1
    Bachianas Brasileiras no. 2
    Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5
    Bachianas Brasileiras no. 6
    Bachianas Brasileiras no. 7
    Chôros no. 5
            Chôros no. 6
    Guitar Concerto
    solo guitar music

Antonio Vivaldi:  (18 notes)
    Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151, “Concerto alla rustica”
    six Flute Concerti, op. 10
              Flute Concerto in D major, op. 10, no. 3, RV 428, "Il Gardellino"
    Concerto in D major for lute or mandolin, RV 93
    Concerto in g minor for flute, oboe, and bassoon, RV 103
    Concerto in B-flat major for violin and cello, RV 547
    Concerto in C major, RV 555, for diverse instruments
            Concerto in C major, RV 558, "In tromba marina"
    guitar concerti
    oboe concerti
    Piccolo Concerto in C major, RV 443
    Two-Trumpet Concerto in C major, RV 537
    Four-Violin Concerto in b minor, RV580
    violin concerti
    The Four Seasons
             Winter, from the Four Seasons - Violin Concerto in f minor, op. 8, no. 4
    Gloria in D major
    Orlando furioso – opera 

WXYZ:  (42 notes)
Richard Wagner:  (many listings – see separate page)
Emil Waldteufel:  Les Patineurs (Skater’s Waltz)
George Walker:  Lyric Piece for Strings
Sir William Walton:  (many listings – see below)
Robert Ward:  The Crucible – opera
Peter Warlock:  Capriol Suite
Elinor Remick Warren:  Suite for Orchestra
John Wasson:  Festival Fanfare for Christmas
Huw Watkins:  Coruscation and Reflection
Franz Waxman:  Carmen Fantasy
Frederick Weatherly:  songs
Carl Maria von Weber:  (many listings – see below)
Anton Webern:  (many listings – see below)
Kurt Weill:  The Seven Deadly Sins – stage work
Kurt Weill:  Street Scene – opera
Kurt Weill:  Three-Penny Opera – opera
Jaromir Weinberger:  Schwanda the Bagpiper – polka and fugue
Robert Wendel:  A Stephen Foster Overture
Eric Whitacre:  Cloudburst
Eric Whitacre:  Lux Aurumque
Eric Whitacre:  Sleep
Charles-Marie Widor:  Suite for Flute and Piano, op. 34
Charles-Marie Widor:  Organ Symphony no. 5 in f minor, op. 42, no. 1 – Toccata 
Henryk Wieniawski:  Fantaisie brillante on Faust, op. 20
Henryk Wieniawski:  Violin Concerto no. 2 in d minor, op. 22
Henryk Wieniawski:  Violin Concerto no. 4 in d minor, op. 31
Henryk Wieniawski:  Souvenir d'Amerique on Yankee Doodle
Henryk Wieniawski:  Variations on the Austrian National Anthem
Dag Wiren:  Serenade for Strings, op. 11
Hugo Wolf:  Italian Serenade
Hugo Wolf:  art songs
Hugo Wolf:  Spanische Liederbuch (with texts and translations)
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari:  The Secret of Susanne – opera 
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari:  Suite Concertino for bassoon and chamber orchestra
Eugene Ysaÿe:  Chant d’hiver, op. 15 (Winter Song)
Eugene Ysaÿe: Meditation, op. 16
Eugene Ysaÿe: Serenade, op. 22
Carlos Zamora:  Tres Visiones de un Sikuris Atacameño
Riccardo Zandonai:  Francesca da Rimini – opera 
Jan Dismas Zelenka:  Capriccio no. 4 in A
Jan Dismas Zelenka:  Trio Sonata no. 1 in F
Alexander von Zemlinsky:  The Mermaid
Hans Zimmer:  Pirates of the Caribbean – film score 
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich:  Trombone Concerto
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich:  Piano Trio
Samuel Zyman:  Suite for Two Cellos

Sir William Walton:   (10 notes)
    Belshazzar’s Feast – oratorio 
    Crown Imperial
    Viola Concerto
    Violin Concerto
    Henry V – film music 
    Sonata for Strings
    Symphony no. 1
    Symphony no. 2
    Variations on a Theme by Hindemith

Carl Maria von Weber:  (16 notes)
    Andante e Rondo ungarese, op. 35
    Clarinet Concertino in E-flat major, op. 26
    Horn Concertino in e minor, op. 45
    Bassoon Concerto in F major
    Clarinet Concerto no. 1 in f minor, op. 73
    Clarinet Concerto no. 2 in E-flat major, op. 74
    Euryanthe Overture
    Der Freischűtz – opera 
    Invitation to the Dance
    Oberon Overture
    Peter Schmoll Overture
    Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major, op. 182
    The Ruler of the Spirits Overture, op. 27
    Symphony no. 1 in C major
    Symphony no. 2 in C major
    Flute Trio in g minor, op. 63

Anton Webern: (6 notes)  
    Five Movements for String Quartet, op. 5
    Passacaglia, op. 1
    Five Pieces for Orchestra, op. 10
    Six Pieces for Orchestra, op. 6
    Im Sommerwind
    Symphony, op. 21

John Williams:  (11 notes)
    Air and Simple Gifts
    Tuba Concerto
    Escapades for saxophone and orchestra
    The Five Sacred Trees – bassoon concerto
    Liberty Fanfare
    Lincoln – film music 
    Memoirs of a Geisha – film music 
    Olympic Fanfare and Theme (1984)
    Schindler’s List – theme 
    Star Wars – selections
    Summon the Heroes – music for the 1996 Summer Olympics