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The purpose of this blog is to explain the basics of art and culture to English language learners in secondary school in Slovakia. This is not for profit. If you look to your right, you'll see a long list of topics that I plan to cover. This is a large project that will most likely take years to complete, covering some topics I know little about (like dance), so I will be borrowing heavily from other experts, with their permission, giving credit wherever possible. Please be patient, and, of course, all advice is greatly appreciated.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Famous Composers & Their Music

 This list is a mix of the most famous composers and my personal favorites, in chronological order, to give you a sense of how (Western/European) music has developed. I will soon update it with links to their biographies and sample music. Listening to all this music isn't necessary for passing the Maturita test, but it will enrich your lives. Why know the names Mozart and Beethoveen, if you don't ever hear their work? How could you compare them otherwise? I hope you enjoy it.

Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) Canon in D Pachelbel Rant
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Chacony in G Minor Z730 - This used to drive me crazy. Try memorizing it.

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Four Seasons (Winter)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Cello suite No.1 Prelude in G - Major Sonata for solo violin in g minor, Fuga
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Messiah "Hallelujah"

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) String Quartet Op 20 n.5 I-Moderato

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) Symphony 40 in G min KV 550

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Moonlight Sonata 5th Symphony
Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840) Caprice No. 24

Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Serenade
Hector Berlioz (1803–1869) Symphonie fantastique - I. Rêveries, passions
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) Spring Song

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
Robert Schumann (1810–1856) Fantasy in C
Franz Liszt (1811–1886) Consolation No. 3
César Franck (1822–1890) Violin Sonata - 1st movement

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) Double Concerto for violin and cello. 1st Mvt.1-2
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso
Max Bruch (1838–1920) Kol Nidrei
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) Piano Concerto 1 - B Flat Minor

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) Concerto in B minor Opus 104 ~ Adagio
Pablo de Sarasate (1844–1908) Navarra
Edward Elgar (1857–1934) Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) Symphony No. 5: Part I: Mov. 1 - Part 1

Claude Debussy (1862–1918) cello sonata
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) Prélude Op. 3 No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Concerto for Orchestra Violin Concerto No. 2
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Concerto for Two Pianos
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Dance of the Knights

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