Earn 5 points for each recording you listen to and complete and answer the following questions. Write your answers on a piece of paper and snap a pic to send via email or text, or just type your answers in an email. A total of 25 points may be earned this week!

  1. What is the title of the piece?
  2. What instruments did you hear in this piece?
  3. What was the mood of the piece, or how did it make you feel?
  4. Was the tempo of the piece really fast, kinda fast, kinda slow, really slow?
  5. Did you like this piece?

Earn an additional 5 points for completing a brief composer biography for any of the composers in this week's listening lab. Be sure to answer the following questions about each composer. A total of 25 points may be earned this week!

1. Which composer did you research?

2. When was the composer born, and if he or she is not still living, what year did they pass away?

3. Where did/does the composer live?

4. What is the composer most famous for composing?

5. What's a fun or interesting fact about this composer?

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 https://www.pianoday.org to grab playlists on Spotify or Soundcloud. Betsy also curated a playlist just for her musicians on YouTube:


Weekly Listening List

Week of April 27, 2020

Peter Sculthorpe - String Quartert with Didjeridu, no. 16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5y1TUFiG18 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPi7LrQ1rNg 

Claude Debussy - 'Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum' (Children's Corner, L119, No. 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0rApPwATew

Dmitri Kabalevsky - Comedian's Galop https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovpnw_pynBs 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq1xhPBlaL4&list=PLIvoenCYkd_iKb5NBRfeyvTniLE3oBF5G&index=2 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" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDquWRuskVI

Paul Hindemith - Flute Sonata https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pgujH8D3xQ  

Jean Sibelius - Finlandia sung by Cantus  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuXrFZBforA  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 https://www.cantussings.org/ 

Camille Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2RPKMJmSp0 

Bedrich Smetana - Ma vlast (My homeland) 2. 'Vlatava' (The Moldau) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6kqu2mk-Kw

Week of April 13, 2020

Frederic Chopin - Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21 Movement 2: Larghetto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_dSI0gVbp0 

Meredith Monk - Ellis Island https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-27QaUl0D8 

Germaine Tailleferre - Pastorale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4792xUCrqU 

Henry Purcell - 'Music for a while' from Oedipushttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AbCG1ZXh4w  That many-stringed instrument is called a thoerbe!

Leonard Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, 4: Mambo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp33WX9xIGs 

Week of April 6, 2020

Aaron Copland - Fanfare of the Common Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdqjcMmjeaA

Franz Joseph Haydn - 'Surprise' Symphony No. 94 in G Major  Second Movement: Andante https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOLy6JxEDLw

Darius Milhaud - Le Printemps - Spring, op. 18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4J3ABcTKLM

Alberto Ginastera  - Tres piezas, op. 6, No. 1: 'Cuyana' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi_G-taVhME

Richard Wagner - Overture from Tannhauser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTM7E4-DN0o

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKthRw4KjEg

Max Richter - Spring 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pafDNPu06g

Georg Philip Telemann - Viola Concerto in G Major, Mvmt 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hYs4eBPP6U beginning at 0:28-4:02

Bela Bartok - Sash Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DscctOyPzh8 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmaTLbVAmzI

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!