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Resource list: study pieces and listening list

Suggested listening pieces enable students to gain an overview of characteristics of styles and genres found in music from a given period. The suggested listening list for each area of study is a guide. It is not prescriptive.

Area of study 1: Western classical tradition 1650–1910

Study piece

Haydn Symphony 101 in D major “The Clock”, movt. 2

Suggested listening

Topic Area 1: The Coronation Anthems and Oratorios of Handel

Handel

Coronation Anthems:

  • Zadok the Priest
  • The King shall rejoice.

Oratorios, including, for example:

Messiah.

Topic Area 2: The orchestra music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

Haydn

Symphonies, including, for example:

  • Symphony No. 94 in G major Surprise
  • Symphony No. 101 in D major Clock
  • Symphony No. 103 in E flat major Drumroll.

Concertos, including:

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major.

Mozart

Symphonies, including, for example:

  • Symphony No. 25 in G minor K183 Little G minor
  • Symphony No. 41 in C major K551 Jupiter.

Concertos, including:

  • Clarinet Concerto in A major
  • Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major K495.

Beethoven

Symphonies, including, for example:

Symphony No. 6 in F major Pastoral.

Concertos, including:

  • Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Emperor
  • Violin Concerto in D major.

Topic Area 3: The piano music of Chopin and Schumann

Chopin

Preludes, including, for example:

"Raindrop" prelude Op. 28 No. 15.

Polonaises, including, for example:

"Military" polonaise Op. 40 No. 1.

Schumann

"Kinderszenen"

Topic Area 4: The Requiem of the late Romantic period

Fauré

Requiem

Verdi

Requiem

Brahms

German Requiem

Dvorak

Requiem

Area of study 2: Popular music

Study piece

The Beatles – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

With a little help from my friends

Within you, without you

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Suggested listening

Topic Area 1: Music of Broadway 1950s to 1990s

Bernstein

West Side Story

Alan Menken

Little Shop of Horrors

Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey

Grease

Elton John & Tim Rice

The Lion King

Topic Area 2: Rock music of the 1960s and 1970s

The Beatles

Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Led Zeppelin

IV

Pink Floyd

Dark Side of the Moon

Topic Area 3: Film and computer gaming music 1990s to present

John Williams

Star Wars; Harry Potter

Hans Zimmer

Gladiator; Pirates of the Caribbean; The Dark Knight

Winifred Phillips

Little Big Planet

Harry Gregson-Williams

Metal Gear Solid 4 – Guns of the Patriots (15)

Topic Area 4: Pop music 1990s to present

White Stripes

Elephant

Taylor Swift

1989 (2014)

Adele

21

Alicia Keys

Girl on Fire (2012)

Coldplay

Ghost Stories (2014)

Area of study 3: Traditional/World

Study piece

Santana – Supernatural

Smooth

Migra

Love of my life

Suggested listening

Topic Area 1: Blues music 1920–1950

Robert Johnson

The Complete Collection

Bessie Smith

The Best of Bessie Smith

Big Bill Broonzy

The Anthology

Blind Willie McTell

The Ultimate Blues Collection

Topic Area 2: Fusion music incorporating African and/or Caribbean music

Bob Marley

Legend

Paul Simon

Graceland

Topic Area 3: Contemporary Latin music

Santana

Supernatural

Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club

Piazolla

Libertango

Topic Area 4: Contemporary folk music of the British Isles

Mumford and Sons

Sigh No More

Kate Rusby

Little Lights

Area of study 4: Western classical tradition 1910–present

Study piece

Aaron Copland – Saturday Night Waltz and Hoedown from Rodeo

Suggested listening

Topic Area 1: The orchestral music of Copland

Copland

Rodeo

Appalachian Spring

Topic Area 2: British music of Arnold, Britten, Maxwell-Davies and Tavener

Malcolm Arnold

Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

Benjamin Britten

Peter Grimes: 4 Sea Interludes

Ceremony of Carols

Peter Maxwell-Davies

Orkney Wedding with Sunrise

John Tavener

The Lamb & The Tyger

Topic Area 3: The orchestral music of Zoltán Kodaly and Béla Bártok

Zoltán Kodaly

Hary Janos

Béla Bártok

Concerto for Orchestra

Topic Area 4: Minimalist music of John Adams, Steve Reich and Terry Riley

John Adams

Shaker Loops, Short Ride in a fast machine

Steve Reich

Clapping Music

Terry Riley

In C

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