Music 1500 Listening Examples

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Musical Elements

[Music Guide 1] Britten: A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra




[Music Guide 2] African Traditional Music


[Music Guide 2] Maru-Bihag (Sitar and Tabla Music from India)—clip starts at 0:30


[Music Guide 2] Japanese Music (koto)


[Music Guide 2] Kebjar Hudjan Mas (Balinese Gamelan Music from Indonesia)

[Music Guide 2] Sioux Indian Love Song (Native American traditional)


[other non-western example] Middle-Eastern Music ('Ud and Darabukkah)


[other non-western example] Mariachi Music (Mexico)





[Music Guide 3] Anonymous: "Alleluia vidimus stellam" [chant]


[Music Guide 4] Hildegard of Bingen: "O Successores" [monophonic song]


[Music Guide 5] Anonymous: Estampie [Medieval dance]


[Music Guide 6-chant] Anonymous: "Haec dies" [chant]


[Music Guide 6-organum] Perotin: "Haec dies" [organum]


[Music Guide 7] Machaut: "Agnus Dei" from Messe de Notre Dame [Medieval Mass]


EARLY MUSIC: Renaissance

[Music Guide 8] Josquin Desprez: Ave Maria-virgo serena [motet]


[Music Guide 9] Palestrina: "Agnus Dei [I]" from Pope Marcellus Mass
     [Renaissance Mass]


[Music Guide 10] Weelkes: As Vesta Was From Latmos Hill Descending
     [English madrigal]


[Music Guide 11] Gesualdo: Moro, lasso {Italian madrigal]


EARLY MUSIC: early-Baroque

[Music Guide 12] Monteverdi: "Tu sei morta" from L'Orfeo [Opera]


[Music Guide 13] Purcell: "Dido's Lament" from Dido and Aeneas
[recitative and aria]




 [Music Guide 14] Corelli: Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 3, No. 2 [Trio Sonata]

Movement 1 (slow)   Movement 2 (fast; starts at 2m10s)   Movement 3 (slow; starts at 3m8s)   Movement 4 (fast; starts at 5m16s)

[Music Guide 15] Vivaldi: "Spring" from The Four Seasons [Concerto]


[Music Guide 16] Pachelbel: Canon in D major [Canon]


[Music Guide 17] JS Bach: Little Fugue in G minor [Fugue]


[Music Guide 18] JS Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 [Suite]
—clip starts at 0:40


[Music Guide 19] JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 [Concerto grosso]


[Music Guide 20] JS Bach: Cantata No. 140, 1st movement [Cantata]


[Music Guide 21] Handel: "Hallelujah" from Messiah [Oratorio]





[Music Guide 22] Haydn: Symphony No. 94, movement 2 [Theme & Variations]


[Music Guide 23] Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, movement 1 [Sonata form]


[Music Guide 24] Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, movement 1 [Sonata form]


[Music Guide 24] Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, movement 3 [Minuet & trio]


[Music Guide 25] Mozart: Symphony No. 40, movement 1 [Sonata form]


[Music Guide 25] Mozart: Symphony No. 40, movement 3 [Minuet & trio]


[Music Guide 26] Mozart: Scene from Act 1 of The Marriage of Figaro
[comic opera] The scene discussed starts at 21m50s and ends at 34m17s


[Music Guide 27] Mozart: Final scene of Don Giovanni [tragic opera]


[Music Guide 28] Mozart: "Lacrimosa" from Requiem Mass ["Mass for the Dead"]


[Music Guide 29] Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13, movement 2 [Rondo]


[Music Guide 30] Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18 No. 4, movement 4


[Music Guide 32] Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, movement 1 [Sonata form],wn


[Music Guide 32] Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, movement 3 [Scherzo & Trio]


[Music Guide 33] Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, movement 4 [Theme and Variations]





[Music Guide 34] Schubert: Erlkonig [Lied]


[Music Guide 35] Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, movement 4 [Program symphony]


[Music Guide 36] Robert Schumann: Carnaval [Piano cycle of character pieces]


[Music Guide 37] Clara Wieck Schumann: Romance in G minor [chamber music]


[Music Guide 38] Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 9 [Character piece]


[Music Guide 40] Smetana: The Moldau [Symphonic poem]


[Music Guide 41] Brahms: Symphony No 3, movement 3 [sad scherzo & trio]


[Music Guide 42] Brahms: excerpt from A German Requiem [Choral music]


[Music Guide 43] J. Strauss Jr: Blue Danube Waltz [Viennese waltz]


[Music Guide 44] Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World"), movement 2


[Music Guide 45] Rossini: scene from The Barber of Seville [Italian comic opera]


[Music Guide 46] Bizet: "Habanera" from Carmen {French opera]


[Music Guide 47] Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 [Incidental music]


[Music Guide 48] Tchaikovsky: excerpt from The Nutcracker [Ballet]


[Music Guide 49] Wagner: Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
[Prelude to a Musikdrama]


[Music Guide 50] Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Tristan und Isolde
[Prelude to a Musikdrama" opera]


[Music Guide 51] Wagner: Die Walkure from The Ring of the Nibelungs  

- Prelude to Act III the "Ride of the Valkyries" is at the start of this clip:


 "Wotan's Farewell" from Act III starts at 6'30" in the clip below:


[Music Guide 52] Puccini: Scene from La Boheme [Italian "verismo" opera]


[Music Guide 53] Leoncavallo: "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci [versismo opera]


[Music Guide 54] Sousa: Star and Stripes Forever [American Band Music]


[Music Guide 55] R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra [Symphonic poem]






[Music Guide 56] Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun [Symphonic poem]


[Music Guide 57] Stravinsky: Scene from The Rite of Spring [Ballet]


[Music Guide 58] Schoenberg: "Mondestrunken" from Pierrot lunaire [atonal Lied]


[Music Guide 59] Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw
[12-tone serialism, secular cantata]


[Music Guide 60] Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra [atonal chamber music]


[Music Guide 61] Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, movement 1


[Music Guide 62] Still: Afro-American Symphony, movement 3
     [American symphony]


[Music Guide 63] Copland: "Simple Gifts" from Appalachian Spring [Ballet]


[Music Guide 64] Barber: Adagio for Strings [Neo-Romanticism]


[Music Guide 65] Bernstein: Scene from West Side Story
[Jazz-influenced art music/musical theatre]


[Music Guide 66] Cowell: The Banshee [Avant-garde piano]


[Music Guide 67] Cage: The Perilous Night [Prepared piano]


[Music Guide 68] Cage: 4'33" [Chance music]


[Music Guide 69] Varese: Poeme electronique [Electronic music]-Starts at 2m33s - t=2m33s


[Music Guide 70] Babbitt: Ensembles for Synthesizer [Multi-serialism]


[Music Guide 71] Penderecki: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima
["expressionism"] - t=0m32s


[Music Guide 72] Glass: excerpt form Einstein on the Beach [Minimalism]


[Music Guide 73] Crumb: Black Angels, movement 7 [electrified string quartet]


[Music Guide 74] Reich: Violin Phase [Minimalism]


[Music Guide 75] Zwillich: Concerto Grosso 1985, movement 1 [Quotation Music]






Louis Armstrong: Hotter Than That ["Hot" Jazz]


George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue [Orchestral Jazz]


Edward "Duke" Ellington: The "C" Jam Blues [Swing]


Benny Goodman: Sing, Sing, Sing!  [Big Band]-with drummer Gene Krupa and trumpeter Harry James


The Andrews Sisters: Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B  [Boogie Woogie]


Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie: Koko [Bebop]


Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take 5 ["Cool" Jazz]


Miles Davis: Tutu [Fusion (Jazz + Rock elements)]


Ornette Coleman: Free Jazz  ["Free" Jazz]