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World Piano Day 2020 YouTube Play List

The 88th day of the year has become known as World Piano Day, which falls on 3/28/2020 this year. Concerts are held around the world to celebrate the amazing and rich array of music created on 88 keys! This year, of course, all live events are cancelled. You can head to to grab playlists on Spotify or Soundcloud. Betsy also curated a playlist just for her musicians on YouTube:

Weekly Listening List

Week of June 15, 2020

Claude Debussy - Reflets dans l’eau from Images 1 performed by Minnesota pianist Reed Tetzloff, recently named a Yamaha Pianist!

Lili Boulanger - Nocturne for Violin and Piano
Week of June 8, 2020

Robert Schumann - Abendlied 

Richard Wagner (arr for piano by Franz Liszt) - Isolde's Liebestod 

Teresa Carreno - La Falsa Nota (Op. 39) 

Benjamin Britten - The Salley Gardens 

Nikolai Kapustin - 8 Concert Etudes, op. 40 Prelude: Allegro assai 

Week of June 1, 2020

John Dowland - The Frog Gailliard 

Cesar Franck - Violin Sonata in A major, No. 4: Allegretto poco mosso 

Carl Friedrich Abel -  27 Pieces for Viola da Gamba, Prelude WKO205 

Max Richter - Mercy 

JS Bach/Charles Gounod - Ave Maria (this arrangement by piano and cello) 

Week of May 25, 2020

Jorge Cardoso -  Milonga 

William Bolcom - 'Waitin' from Cabaret Songs

Igor Stravinsky  - Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring, Part 1: 'The Adoration of the Earth' - Introduction 

Maurice Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major, 2: Adagio assai 

Pablo de Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Week of May 18, 2020

Pablo de Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20

Alice Mary Smith - Allegretto amorevole aus der Sinfonie c-moll

Ruggiero Leoncavallo - 'Vesti la giubba' - 'Put on your costume' from Pagliacci 

Henri Dutilleux - Au gré des ondes, Hommage à Bach

Alexander Borodin - Quartet No. 2 in D major for Strings, III. Notturno: Andante

Week of May 11, 2020

James P. Johnson - Harlem Symphony 3: 'Night Club' 

Gaetano Donizetti - 'Una furtiva lagrima' - ' A furtive tear' from L'elisir d'amore

Fanny Mendelssohn - 6 Melodies, op. 5, No. 3 in E flat major: Andante soave 

Gabriel Faure - Cantique de Jean, op. 11 

Andrea Falconieri - Chaconne in G major

Week of May 4, 2020

Peter Maxwell Davies - The Yellow Cake Revue 3: 'Farewell to Stromness' 

Alexander von Zemlinsky - Mayflowers are Blooming Everywhere 

William Walton - Spitfire Prelude and Fugue 

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Act 1 'letter scene' from Eugene Onegin 

Paul Hindemith - Acht Stucke 

Week of April 27, 2020

Peter Sculthorpe - String Quartet with Didjeridu, no. 16 This is a longer piece, but please at least listen to the first movement, about 3 1/2 minutes long, called Loneliness.

Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64, Movement 3: Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace which begins at 20:50 in this recording. I encourage you to listen to a couple minutes of the beginning - or even better - the whole piece! 

Claude Debussy - 'Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum' (Children's Corner, L119, No. 1)

Dmitri Kabalevsky - Comedian's Galop I have fond memories of playing the marimba part with the LSH band in high school for our spring concert!

Robert Starer - Sketches in Color play list. This is a collection of very short pieces. Does the color you hear match the title of each piece?

Week of April 20, 2020

Modest Mussorgsky - Prelude to the opera Kovanshchina, "Dawn Over the Moscow River"

Paul Hindemith - Flute Sonata  

Jean Sibelius - Finlandia sung by Cantus  Cantus is an all-men's a capella group originally formed 25 years ago by St. Olaf graduates. I can listen to them all day long! Learn more about this fabulous group at 

Camille Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals 

Bedrich Smetana - Ma vlast (My homeland) 2. 'Vlatava' (The Moldau)

Week of April 13, 2020

Frederic Chopin - Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21 Movement 2: Larghetto 

Meredith Monk - Ellis Island 

Germaine Tailleferre - Pastorale 

Henry Purcell - 'Music for a while' from Oedipus  That many-stringed instrument is called a thoerbe!

Leonard Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, 4: Mambo 

Week of April 6, 2020

Aaron Copland - Fanfare of the Common Man

Franz Joseph Haydn - 'Surprise' Symphony No. 94 in G Major  Second Movement: Andante

Darius Milhaud - Le Printemps - Spring, op. 18

Alberto Ginastera  - Tres piezas, op. 6, No. 1: 'Cuyana'

Richard Wagner - Overture from Tannhauser

Week of March 30, 2020

See the World Piano Day Play List above!

Week of March 23, 2020

Antonio Vivaldi - Spring 2 - Itzhak Perlman Conducting

Max Richter - Spring 2

Georg Philip Telemann - Viola Concerto in G Major, Mvmt 1 beginning at 0:28-4:02

Bela Bartok - Sash Dance whole recording is short, but the Sash Dance begins at 1:02-1:30

This is a recording of Bartok playing three of his compositions with the sheet music to follow along!

Nils Frahm - Ambre

This is a video of the composer performing his piece. Nils Frahm developed the National Piano Day celebration on the 88th day of the year. This year Piano Day is on March 28th. Visit www.PianoDay.orgto take in the festivities!