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Music Class: Recognition and Identification

Thanks to all of you who came out today to the class we held after church. Below are a number of clips from the videos I showed, as well as several websites which may be of interest to you as you further your studies! Please do reach out to me if you think of additional questions at any point.

Watch the presentation (slides and audio) on YouTube.

Pieces Referenced

Each can be found at YouTube with the following terms as search criteria


Handel: Water Music, “Hornpipe”

Vivaldi: Four Seasons, “Spring”

Bach: French Suite No. 5


Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in Cm


Brahms: Violin Concerto

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in Cm, “Resurrection”

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

20th Century

Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, “Dance of the Adolescents”

Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Copland: Appalachian Spring

Commercials Watched

BMW: Gymnopédie No. 1

Gatorade: Carmina Burana

Beef Council: Hoe-Down from Rodeo

United Airlines: Rhapsody in Blue original

United Airlines: Rhapsody in Blue call back

Delibes: Lakmé Flower Duet: Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca

British Airways: Lakmé duet adapted

Yanni: Aria, Live at the Acropolis

DeBeers Diamonds: Palladio

Sites I Visit Every Week for a Classical Music Fix

Wikipedia has everything you could ever imagine about every piece ever written (mostly!)

IMSLP is a repository of free scores for nearly any piece before public domain rules took effect

Boston Symphony Orchestra keeps a full year of its live concerts online at its Media Center (choose “Broadcast”)

YouTube and Spotify both allow you to search for recordings of most pieces. Each offer free service, but be aware that you may encounter ads. With a premium account to Spotify, you can have access to all the recordings a la carte.

Snooch’s Silly Symphony (I’m “Snooch”, thanks to my dear wife) chronicles my journey as I learn new pieces. You may want to join me!

Also, don’t forget that you can buy music online! Amazon sells .mp3 files you can play on your computer or iPod, and they can be very cheap. Ask me where to search!


May 31, 2015 | Music Class, Summaries | Comments Off on Music Class: Recognition and Identification

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