Opus 1

About this playlist

A composer's opus 1 is rarely the first piece they composed – more often it's the first work they published. Even then, opus numbers weren't really used until Beethoven, so the catalogue numbers of many composers before him (and since) have been posthumously added by scholars. Still, it's as good a place as any to begin surveying the early works of composers – just a few of which appear in the list.

Tracklist

Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation

About this playlist

A composer's opus 1 is rarely the first piece they composed – more often it's the first work they published. Even then, opus numbers weren't really used until Beethoven, so the catalogue numbers of many composers before him (and since) have been posthumously added by scholars. Still, it's as good a place as any to begin surveying the early works of composers – just a few of which appear in the list.

Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation