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Resource list: study pieces and listening list

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

Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, 3rd movement, Rondo

Suggested listening

Topic Area 1: The Coronation Anthems and Oratorios of Handel


Coronation Anthems:

  • Zadok the Priest
  • The King shall rejoice.

Oratorios, including, for example:


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


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.


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.


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


Preludes, including, for example:

"Raindrop" prelude Op. 28 No. 15.

Polonaises, including, for example:

"Military" polonaise Op. 40 No. 1.



Topic Area 4: The Requiem of the late Romantic period






German Requiem



Area of study 2: Popular music

Study piece

Little Shop of Horrors 1982 off-Broadway version – the following three tracks:

  • Prologue/Little Shop of Horrors (overture)
  • Mushnik and Son
  • Feed Me

Suggested listening

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


West Side Story

Alan Menken

Little Shop of Horrors

Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey


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


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


Taylor Swift

1989 (2014)



Alicia Keys

Girl on Fire (2012)


Ghost Stories (2014)

Area of study 3: Traditional/World

Study piece

Paul Simon: Graceland album – the following tracks:

  • Graceland
  • Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  • You Can Call Me Al

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


Paul Simon


Topic Area 3: Contemporary Latin music



Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club



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

Zoltán Kodály: Battle and Defeat of Napoleon and Intermezzo from Háry János – orchestral version with cimbalon and without vocal parts.

Suggested listening

Topic Area 1: The orchestral music of Copland



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

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