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Ambleside Online Term Schedule
Term 1: September-November     Term 2: January-March     Term 3: April-June

Haydn - Tchaikovsky - O'Connor/Stravinsky - von Bingen - Children's Classics - Rachmaninoff - Brahms - Schubert - Palestrina - Dvorak - Medieval - Dittersdorf - Telemann - Copland/Gershwin - Beethoven - von Weber - Purcell - Faure - Mozart - Paganini - Schumann - Wagner - Russian (Rimsky-Korsakov/Borodin/Mussorgsky) - Handel - Berlioz - Bach - Liszt - Bruckner/Mahler - Elgar/Vaughn Williams - Sibelius/Grieg - Corelli - Ravel - Opera - Beethoven 2 - Vivaldi - Chopin - Delius - Mozart 2 - Mendelssohn - Movies - Debussy - Bach 2







2014-2015 TERM 1 Hildegard von Bingen, 1098-1179 (This term's artist: Fra Angelico) Biography; Information about her music.
♥ AmblesideOnline's own Megan Hoyt has written a picture book called "Hildegard's Gift" for younger students (purchase at amazon.com)
The following selections are from the Anonymous 4 CD "Origin of Fire" (Purchase CD or mp3)
   1. track 3. Antiphon, O quam mirabilis est (how wondrous is the presece of the divine heart that foreknew every creature) *
   2. track 6. Sequence: O ignis spiritus paracliti (O fire of the spirit, the comforter; a chant for pentecost) English lyrics and audio
   3. track 11. Vision 3 "The fiery spirit": Et imago (Lyrics - Second part of this link) OR O Jerusalem *
   4. track 12. Hymn O ignee spiritus (Hymn, for Holy spirit) English lyrics *
   5. track 14. Vision 4 "Love": Et audivi vocem (Rev 14:13 and I heard a voice from heaven say write. . .) OR Spiritus Sanctus lyrics and audio
   6. track 15. Antiphon Caritas habundant in omnia (Love abounds in all) English lyrics *
   Note that each selection above has a link to either a YouTube version of the work, an audio, or an alternate work linked to YouTube. Asterisks are linked to YouTube.
Other Options:
A Feather on the Breath of God (purchase CD)
Catholic World Report offers their own "definitive list" of Hildegard's music based on the boxed CD set "Sequentia." (purchase)
"The Sacred Fire" CD has many of the selections and is available in Australia.

2014-2015 TERM 2 Children's Classics (This term's artist: Diego Velazquez)
   1. Benjamin Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3; includes both Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Peter and the Wolf) (YouTube)
   2. Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3; includes both Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Peter and the Wolf) (YouTube)
   3. Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3) (YouTube) (This is featured in Disney's Fantasia)
   4. Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel (Opera in 3 Acts; Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3) (YouTube or in English)
   5. Claude Debussy: La Boite A Joujoux (The Toy Box, a ballet for children; blog post featuring images from the French book "La Boite a Joujoux" illustrated by Andre Helle; Purchase mp3 or here for 99 cents) (YouTube) [Ballet on YouTube: 1 The Toy Box Asleep; 2 The Toy Shop; 3 Dance of the Doll; 4 The Field of Battle; 5 The Sheepfold for Sale; 6 Fortune Made After (?); 7 Epilogue]
   6. Georges Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, op. 22 (Children's Games; 12 short piano pieces. Wikipedia) (Purchase CD or purchase mp3 or here) (YouTube)

2014-2015 TERM 3 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943 (This term's artist: Edgar Degas)
   1 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (YouTube: played by Rachmaninoff)
   2 Prelude in C-sharp minor Op 3 no 2 (YouTube) and/or Prelude op 23 no 5 in g minor
   3 Symphony 2 in E minor op 27 (YouTube)
   4 Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (YouTube; also here)
   5 Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini op 43 (24 variations; 18 is the highlight; (YouTube)
   6 Symphonic Dance op 45 "summarizes Rachmaninoff's compositional output" (YouTube)
   Supplement: All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") op 37 (also translated as Vespers; he requested no 5 to be sung at his own funeral) This and The Bells were Rachmaninoff's own favorite works.
Danse Hongroise (Hungarian Dance), Op. 6 No. 2 (YouTube)
String Quartet, Romance (YouTube)




2015-2016 TERM 1 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897; Romantic) (This term's artist: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot)
   1. Variations on a theme of Haydn
   2. Symphony no 1 Opus 68
   3. Violin Concerto in D
   4. Piano Concerto no 2 Op 83
   5. Tragic Overture Op 81
   6. Wiegenlied (Lullaby)

2015-2016 TERM 2 Franz Schubert (1797-1828; late Classical/early Romantic) (This term's artist: Jacques-Louis David)
   1. Trout quintet
   2. Symphony no. 8 ("Unfinished")
   3, 4. Symphony no. 9 ("The Great") (4 weeks)
   5. Impromptus op. 90 (D. 899)
   6. Die schone Mullerin (a song cycle)
         (Purchase Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Franz Schubert: The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Beautiful Songs by Thomas Tapper

2015-2016 TERM 3 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) (This term's artist: Hans Holbein the Younger)
   1. Motet for Five Voices *
   2. Tu Es Petrus *
   3. O Magnum Mysterium *
   4. Kyrie from Pope Marcellus Mass *
   5. Missa O Sacrum Convivium *
   6. Sanctus et Benedictus from Missa Brevis *
Several of the selections are on this CD: Masses and Motets (CD or mp3)
Also of interest: The Palestrina 400 Years Concert (long) *
Pope Marcellus Mass (all) *




2016-2017 TERM 1 Antonin Dvorak (AN-toe-NEEN d-VOR-zhak; 1841-1904; Late Romantic) (This term's artist: Mary Cassatt)
   1. Symphony 9 From the New World
   2. Slavonic Dances
   3. Carnaval Overture (may also be spelled Karneval)
   4. Humoresques for piano
   5. Quartet in F maj ("American")
   6. Trio in E min ("Dumky")

2016-2017 TERM 2 Medieval Era Music (see Notes for this Term) (This term's artist: Giotto di Bondone)
   1. "A Feather on the Breath of God: Sequences and Hymns" by Abbess Hildegard of Bingen" featuring Emma Kirkby and Gothic Voices; Hyperion.
   2. "Salve Regina - Gregorian Chant" by Benedictine Monks of Saint-Maurice and Saint Maur of Clervaux; Philips, Silver Line Classics.
   3. "A Dance In the Garden of Mirth: Medieval Instrumental Music" by the Dufay Collective; Chandos.
         Alternate Option: "Miri It Is" by the Dufay Collective; Chandos. [If you choose to purchase only this CD, we urge you to check your library for Gregorian chant selections to supplement.]

2016-2017 TERM 3 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799; Classical) (This term's artist: James McNeill Whistler)
Choose 2 Concertos, 2 Symphonies (perhaps from 1-6, his "Ovid's Metamorphoses" symphonies), and 2 Chamber music selections (divertimenti, string quartets, trios).
Dittersdorf also wrote operas, oratorios, cantatas, and sacred music, including a Requiem.
Possible CD suggestions:
Sinfonias on Ovid's Metamorphoses Nos. 1-3
String Quartets
Double Bass Concerto




2017-2018 TERM 1 Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767; Baroque) (This term's artist: Peter Paul Rubens)
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2017-2018 TERM 2 Aaron Copland (1900-1990; American), George Gershwin (1898-1937; American) (This term's artist: Winslow Homer)
   1. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
   2. Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid or Fanfare for the Common Man
   3. Aaron Copland: Rodeo
   4. George Gershwin: American in Paris
   5. George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
   6. George Gershwin: Concerto in F maj

2017-2018 TERM 3 Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827; classical/Romantic) (This term's artist: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
   1. Symphony 5 OR 6
   2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight, Opus 27) OR 8 (Pathetique, Opus 13)
   3. Razumovsky String Quartets Opus 59, no 1-3 OR Septet in E-flat Opus 20
   4. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor, Opus 73)
   5. Symphony 7 OR 9 (Opus 125)
   6. Fidelio
         (Purchase Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Beethoven: The story of a little boy who was forced to practice by Thomas Tapper




2018-2019 TERM 1 Carl Maria von Weber; 1786-1826 (This term's artist: John Constable)
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2018-2019 TERM 2 Henry Purcell (1659-1695, Baroque) (This term's artist: Jan Vermeer)
    Selections based on the CD "Essential Purcell" from the Hyperion label. Available from amazon.com   Barnes and Noble

2018-2019 TERM 3 Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) (This term's artist: John William Waterhouse)
   1. Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 (7 movements; 35 minutes total)
   2. Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
   3. Pavane, Op. 50 (about seven minutes long)
   4. The Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (Berceuse, Mi-a-ou, Le Jardin de Dolly, Kitty-Valse, Tendresse, Le Pas Espagnol)
   5. Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80 (Prelude, La Fileuse, Sicilienne, Mort de Melisande)
   6. Songs:
            En priere, sung by Kathleen Battle
            Apres un reve, sung by Kiri te Kanawa or Veronique Gens
            Claire de Lune sung by Veronique Gens
            Les Papillons et la fleur sung by Veronique Gens
            Au bord de l'eau sung by Veronique Gens
Generally, we try to recommend no more than two CDs per composer, but for Faure we'll need three. Two of these are budget-priced, however, so happily we can still recommend the very best recordings of these works:
      The classic recording of the Requiem, Faure's best-known work, by musicians from Oxford; Naxos label: Faure: Requiem; Messe basse; Cantique de Jean Racine
      For the Piano Quartets, this is the dream team: Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, and Jaime Laredo. (Everything Yo-Yo touches turns to gold.) Children will love these lively quartets, so this is likely to be the CD that keeps getting played when the term is over.
      All other selections (and more) are on this Deutsche Grammophon recording featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra and others: Faure - Pelleas et Melisande ~ Dolly ~ Apres un reve ~ Pavane ~ Elegie
      Nota bene: You will want to avoid the "Best of Faure" disk on the Naxos label. Though it appears to include most of the term's selections, some are regrettably abridged. For example, there's only one brief portion of the Requiem, arguably the term's most important work.




2019-2020 TERM 1 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791; Classical/Roccoco) (This term's artist: Pieter Breugel the Elder)
   1, 2. Piano Concerto 20 (2 weeks)
   3. Symphony 40 (4 weeks)
   4. Quintet in A maj for clarinet (2 weeks)
   5. Piano Sonata in A maj K.331 (2 weeks)
   6. Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in B-flat major, K. 191 (the only bassoon concerto he wrote)
         (Purchase Mozart, The Wonder Boy by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Mozart: The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts by Thomas Tapper

2019-2020 TERM 2 Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) (This term's artist: Gustave Courbet)
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         (Purchase Paganini, Master of Strings by Opal Wheeler)

2019-2020 TERM 3 Robert Schumann (1810-1856; Romantic) (This term's artist: JMW Turner)
   1. Carnaval (for piano)
   2. Scenes from Childhood for piano
   3. Symphony no 1 in B flat Op 38 "Spring"
   4. Symphony no 2 in C Op 61
   5. an arabeske or humoreske
   6. Liederkreis or other song cycle
         (Purchase Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Schumann: The Story of the Boy Who Made Pictures in Music by Thomas Tapper




2020-2021 TERM 1 Richard Wagner (1813-1883); Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880; German Romantic) (This term's artist: Titian)
   1. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (orchestral)
   2. Wagner: Selections from The Valkyries (opera)
   3, 4. Wagner: The Love Feast of the Twelve Apostles (choral) (massive work requiring 1200 singers and 100 instruments!) (4 weeks)
   5. Offenbach: Selections from Orpheus in the Underworld (opera)
   6. Offenbach:  Selections from The Tales of Hoffmann (opera)
         (Purchase Adventures of Richard Wagner by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Wagner: The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Little Plays by Thomas Tapper

2020-2021 TERM 2 Russian Nationals (This term's artist: Leonardo Da Vinci)
   1. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Scheherazade
   2. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Symphony 2 'Antar'
   3. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Cappriccio Espagnol
   4. Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): Polovtsian Dances
   5. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition
   6. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bald Mountain

2020-2021 TERM 3 George Frideric Handel (1685-1759; Baroque) (This term's artist: Rembrandt van Rijn)
   1, 2. Messiah (an oratorio) (4 weeks)
   3. Water music
   4. Any of the organ concerti (such as Organ Concerto in B-flat Major, op. 7,no. 6)
   5. Rinaldo (opera)
   6. Harmonious Blacksmith (from suite in E major)
         (Purchase Handel at the Court of Kings by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Handel: The Story of a Little Boy who Practiced in an Attic by Thomas Tapper




2021-2022 TERM 1 Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) and Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921; Romantic) (This term's artist: Jan Van Eyck)
   1. Saint-Saens - Symphony no 3 in C min
   2. Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
   3. Saint-Saens - Carnaval of Animals (Le Carnaval des Animaux in French)
   4. Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
   5. Berlioz - Dance of the Sylphs
   6. Berlioz - Rakoczy March from the Damnation of Faust

2021-2022 TERM 2 Johann Sebastain Bach ( 1685-1750; Baroque) (This term's artist: Sandro Botticelli)
   1, 2. Magnificat in D (4 weeks)
   3. Chaconne; look for this played by Jascha Heifetz on YouTube
   4. any Church cantata
   5. Brandenburg Concerto no. 6
   6. Art of the Fugue; look for Contrapunctus 9 played by Nageeb Gardizi, and then on organ, on YouTube
         (Purchase Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Johann Sebastian Bach: The story of the boy who sang in the streets by Thomas Tapper

2021-2022 TERM 3 Franz Liszt (1811-1886; Romantic) (This term's artist: Caspar David Friedrich)
   1. Piano Concerto no 1
   2. Hungarian Rhapsodies, especially no 2 (you might find cartoon versions of this - Tom and Jerry, or "Rhapsody Rabbit," on YouTube)
   3. Les Preludes
   4. Liebestraum for piano (watch pianist Evigny Kissin on YouTube)
   5. Piano Sonata in B min
   6. Mephisto Waltz
         Free PG Ebook Liszt: The Story of a Boy Who Became a Great Pianist and Teacher by Thomas Tapper




2022-2023 TERM 1 Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) and Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) (This term's artist: Vincent Van Gogh)
   1. Mahler: Symphony 1 (Titan)
   2. Mahler: Symphony 9
   3. Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (song cycle)
   4. Bruckner: Symphony no 4

2022-2023 TERM 2 Edward Elgar (1857-1934) and Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958; 20th Century British) (This term's artist: Raphael Sanzio)
   1. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony 1 (A Sea Symphony)
   2. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
   3. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
   4. Edward Elgar: Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor Op 20
   5. Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance (the first one is the famous Graduation March; see Elgar himself conducting this on YouTube)
   6. Edward Elgar: "Enigma" Variations

2022-2023 TERM 3 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957; zhan suh BAY lee us) and Edvard Grieg (1843 -1907) (This term's artist: John Singer Sargent)
   1. Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite no 1
   2. Grieg - Piano Concerto in A
   3. Grieg - Norwegian Dance no 2
   4. Sibelius - Finlandia
   5, 6. Sibelius - Symphony 1 OR 2 (4 weeks)
         Free PG Ebook Edvard Grieg: The Story of the Boy Who Made Music in the Land of the Midnight Sun by Thomas Tapper




2023-2024 TERM 1 Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) (This term's artist: Tintoretto)
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2023-2024 TERM 2 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937; Impressionist) (This term's artist: Claude Monet)
   1. Daphne et Chloe - selections
   2. Bolero
   3. Mother Goose Suite
   4. Pavane pour une infante dufunte
   5. Piano Concerto in D for left hand
   6. Rhapsody espagnole

2023-2024 TERM 3 Opera Selections (This term's artist: Georges Seurat)
   1. Giuseppi Verdi: "Triumphal March" (Grand March) from Aida, "Vedi! le fosche" (Anvil Chorus) from Il Trovatore.
   2. Giuseppi Verdi: "Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici" (Brindisi) from La Traviata, "La Donne Il Mobile," from Rigoletto.
   3. Giacomo Puccini: "O Soave Fancuilla" and "Quando M'en Vo" from La Boheme, and "E Lucevan Le Stelle" from Tosca.
   4. Giacamo Puccini: "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly, and "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot.
   5. Gioacchino Rossini: overture and "Largo al factotum" (Figaro Figaro Figaro...) from Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville).
   6. Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell overture
We suggest using a selection of Opera favorites that contains most of these, such as Best Opera Album In The World ... Ever! and filling in any missing pieces with whatever else is on the CD. Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, Bizet's "Au fond du temple saint" from The Pearl Fishers, Verdi's "Celeste Aida" from Aida would be worthy substitutes.
One possibility: 25 Opera Favorites
   1 - track 7. Giuseppi Verdi: "Triumphal March" from Aida; track 17. Gypsies' Chorus from Il Trovatore
   2 - track 3. Giuseppi Verdi: "Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici" (Brindisi) from La Traviata; track 9. "La Donne Il Mobile," from Rigoletto
   3 - track 21. Giacomo Puccini: "Che Gelida Manina" from La Boheme; track 23. "Quando M'en Vo" from La Boheme; track 18. "Vissi d'Arte" from Tosca
   4 - track 6. Giacamo Puccini: "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly, track 5. "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot
   5 - track 4. Georges Bizet: "Au Fond du Temple Saint" from the Pearl Fishers; track 2. Gioacchino Rossini: "Largo al factotum" from The Barber of Seville
   6 - track 1. Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell overture




2024-2025 TERM 1 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827; Classical/Romantic) (This term's artist: Albrecht Durer)
   1. Piano Sonata 8 (Pathetique) Opus 13
   2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight) Op 27
   3. Symphony No. 3 (Eroica-meaning 'heroic') Opus 55
   4. String Quartets opus 59, no.1-3 (Razumovsky Quartets)
   5. Piano Concerto 5 (Emporer) Op 73
   6. Symphony No. 9 (the one with Ode to Joy at the end) Opus 125
         (Purchase Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Beethoven: The story of a little boy who was forced to practice by Thomas Tapper

2024-2025 TERM 2 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741; Baroque) (This term's artist: Caravaggio)
   1. Gloria (choral work);
   2. The Four Seasons;
   3. Trio Sonata in C major, RV.82;
   4, 5, 6. 3 concerti - Maybe one for violin, one for guitar (such as Concerto in D maj performed by guitarist John Williams on YouTube) and
   one for a woodwind instrument such as oboe or bassoon.

2024-2025 TERM 3 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849; Romantic) (This term's artist: Eugene Delacroix)
   1. Op 09 no 2 Nocturne in E flat maj
   2. Op 10 no 3 Etude in E-maj
   3. Op 10 no 12 Revolutionary Etude in C minor
   4. Op 21 Piano Concerto number 2 in f minor
   5. Op 28 Preludes no's 15, 20 and either 16 or 17
   6. Op 53 Polonaise in A flat, Heroic
         (Purchase Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early Years or Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Later Years by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Chopin: The Story of the Boy Who Made Beautiful Melodies by Thomas Tapper




2025-2026 TERM 1 Frederick Delius (1862-1934) (This term's artist: Camille Pissarro)
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2025-2026 TERM 2 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791; Classical/Rococo) (This term's artist: Jean Honore Fragonard)
   1. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major (K525) ("Eine Kleine Nacht Musik")
   2. Requiem Mass in D minor (K626) (A vocal work)
   3. Symphony no. 41 in C major (K551) ("Jupiter)"
   4. Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major (K364)
   5. Piano Concerto no. 21 in C major (K467)
         (Purchase Mozart, The Wonder Boy by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Mozart: The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts by Thomas Tapper

2025-2026 TERM 3 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847; Romantic) (This term's artist: Albert Bierstadt)
   1. Songs without words (there are 8 volumes, 8 different opus numbers. notes)
   2. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
   3, 4. Symphony no. 4 in A major, Op. 90 ("Italian") (4 weeks)
   5. Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
   6. Fingal's Cave ("Hebrides") Overture, Op. 26




2026-2027 TERM 1 Movie Composers (This term's artist: Norman Rockwell)
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2026-2027 TERM 2 Claude Debussy (1862-1918; Impressionist) (This term's artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
   1. Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun
   2. La Mer OR Nocturnes for Orchestra
   3. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (from Preludes)
   4. Suite Bergamasqe (includes Claire de Lune)
   5. Children's Corner
   6. Jeux ("Games"); a "danced poem" intended to accompany a ballet

2026-2027 TERM 3 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750; Baroque) (This term's artist: Jacob van Ruisdael and Pieter de Hooch)
   1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
   2, 3. St. Matthew Passion (for 4 weeks)
   4. Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (consists of one toccata and one fugue; do-able in 2 weeks)
   5. Well-Tempered Clavier (Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Book I)
   6. Goldberg Variations
         (Purchase Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Johann Sebastian Bach: The story of the boy who sang in the streets by Thomas Tapper

Click here to see the 2012-2013 Artist/Composer Schedule.




2013-2014 TERM 1 Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809; Classical) (This term's artist: John Singleton Copley)
   1. String Quartet Op 76 no 3 "Emperor" OR String Quartet Op 76 no 4 "Sunrise" [99 cent downloads "Emperor": I. Allegro; II. Menuett: Allegro; III. Poco adagio cantabile; IV. Finale: Presto] archive.org
   2, 3. London Symphony no 104 (4 weeks) [3.96 download] free mp3 final movement
   4, 5. The Creation (4 weeks) [4.99 download] Complete on YouTube; English archive.org free zip file contains both .ogg and .mp3 files
   6. a horn concerto [Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major 99 cent downloads: Allegro; Adagio; Allegro]
         (Purchase Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Franz Joseph Haydn: The Story of the Choir Boy who became a Great Composer by Thomas Tapper
      For a lighter term:
      1. String Quartet Op 76, no. 3, 2nd movement (8:14) (This is the tune for the hymn "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken") $mp3/YouTube
      2. String Quartet Op 76 no. 4 in B flat major, 1st movement (8:42) (Nicknamed Sunrise due to the rising theme over sustained chords that begins the quartet.) $mp3/YouTube
      3. London Symphony - Finale: Spiritoso (6:40) ( Symphony No. 104 in D major is Joseph Haydn's final symphony. It is the last of the twelve so-called London Symphonies, and is known (somewhat arbitrarily, given the existence of eleven others) as the London Symphony. The exuberant finale, in fast tempo and in sonata form, opens in the mode of folk music using a drone bass and a theme often claimed to have originated as a Croatian folk song.) $mp3/YouTube
      4. The Creation: "The Heavens are Telling the Glory" (4:02) (The Creation is considered by many to be Haydn's masterpiece. And "The Heavens are Telling the Glory" seems to be akin to what the Hallelujah chorus is to the Messiah.) $mp3/YouTube
      5. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, 2nd movement (Adagio) (6:04) $mp3/YouTube

2013-2014 TERM 2 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) (This term's artist: Edouard Manet)
   1. Symphony no 6 in B minor. Op 74 "Pathetique" (Wikipedia; includes audio) (Δ indicates free download at archive.org)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete symphony or just the 2nd movement (Allegro con grazia)
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube 2nd Mvmt Δ
   2. Piano Concerto no 1 in B flat minor Op 23 (Wikipedia; includes audio)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete concerto or just the 1st movement (Allegro)
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube: 1st Mvmt Δ
   3. Serenade for Strings in C major Op 48 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete Serenade or just the 2nd movement (Valse)
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube: 2nd Movement (Valse)
   4. 1812 Overture, Op 49 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete work (15 min) or just the Finale
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube: Famous Finale Δ
   5. Andante Cantabile from String Quartet in D maj Op 11 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3
            YouTube Δ
   6. Swan Lake, Op 20 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete ballet or just the Highlights
            Watch the Entire Ballet on YouTube (2 hours) - YouTube: Suite (30 min)
   Extra: Romeo and Juliet Δ
         (Purchase The Story of Peter Tchaikovsky or Peter Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet by Opal Wheeler)

2013-2014 TERM 3 Mark O'Connor (1961- ) and Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) (This term's artist: Hudson River School)
   1. Mark O'Connor: Fanfare for the Volunteer (purchase CD or purchase mp3)
   2. Mark O'Connor: The American Seasons (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains both American Seasons and Strings and Threads) ("Fall" on YouTube)
   3. Mark O'Connor: Strings and Threads Suite (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains both Strings and Threads and American Seasons) (YouTube) [Note: O'Connor has free streaming radio of his music on his website]
   4. Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains Firebird and Rite of Spring) (YouTube)
   5. Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains Rite of Spring and Firebird) (YouTube)
   6. Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (purchase CD or purchase mp3) (YouTube)

Classical Music Resources

How Did Charlotte Mason Teach Music?
Do I have to use Ambleside's music selections?

Listen and/or Download Music (Please be careful to use sites that offer legal downloads. More information here.)
   Internet Archive free downloadable music
   Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum free downloadable classical music
   Classical Cat - "the free classical catalog" indexes "some 6000 free classical music performances"
   Piano Society Free Classical Music
   Inexpensive Classical Music MP3 downloads at eClassical.com and amazon.com
   Music and Musicians searchable database from the L.A. Philharmonic/Hollywood Bowl/Walt Disney Concert Hall
   WDAV 24-hour commercial-free classical music. An Advisory favorite.
   KCME One Advisory member's favorite. No ads, wide programming, friendly announcers.
   WRR 101 Dallas's first radio station
   WCPE listener supported, commercial-free
   Classical KING FM Features helps for beginner              
   EarlyMusic.net They "support and promote early music and historical performance." There's a link to listen online.

Websites dedicated to public education in classical music:
   http://www.naxos.com/qcomp.htm
   http://www.classicalarchives.com/
   http://www.composers.net/
   A Music Glossary
   Classics for Kids Online radio programs about composers with their music in the background. Click on composers, then composers a to z.

Read about Composers:
   Opal Wheeler composer biographies are being republished by Zeezok Publishing. Those are in print have been linked below, along with their corresponding composer.
   Gladys Burch also wrote compilations of composer biographies. They are out of print but can still be found used:
      A Child's Book of Famous Composers (1939; Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Foster, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Debussy)
      Famous Violinists for Young People (1946; Corelli, Vivaldi, Tartini, Viotti, Paganini, Spohr, Bull, Joachim, Wieniawski, Sarasate, Auer, Ysaye, Kreisler, Spalding)
      Famous Pianists for Young People (1943; Liszt, Rubinstein, von Bulow, de Pachmann, Carreno, Paderewski, Busoni, Rachmaninoff, Hofmann, Grainger)
      Modern Composers for Young People (1941; Mussorgsky, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Humperdinck, Elgar, Delius, Strauss, Sibelius, Scriabin, Vaughan Williams, Schoenberg, Ravel, Carpenter, de falla, Respighi, Bartok, Stravinsky, Griffes, Prokofiev, Gershwin)

   Online Texts:
   Music Talks for Children by Thomas Tapper for younger children, explains why we should study music, how music is all around us, what makes a classic, etc.
   Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Volume 14 by Elbert Hubbard: A rambling discourse on what the artists were like; probably most suitable for Years 6-12. Volume 14: Wagner, Paganini, Chopin, Schumann, Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Beethoven, Handel, Verdi, Mozart, Brahms. (Other volumes)
   The World's Great Men of Music Story-Lives of Master Musicians by Harriette Brower includes Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Berlioz, Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Franck, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikowsky, MacDowell, Debussy, Toscanini, Stokowsky, and Koussevitzky.

Free PG Ebook Verdi: The Story of the Little Boy who Loved the Hand Organ by Thomas Tapper
   Parents Review articles that discuss music appreciation:
      Art and Literature in the Parents' Union School
      Music and Art in PNEU Schools
      There are also a few Parents' review articles about specific composers.

Composer Notebooking Pages These used to be free downloads, but are now $5.95 to download the complete set.

Suggestions for more music (for summer study, substitution terms, or simply for fun!)

Respighi - Fountains of Rome four lovely symphonic poems about day dawning, and ending over four fountains. You can even hear the water!




Thank You!
The Advisory wishes to express our gratitude to the members of the former CMMusic list (now The Classical Review), especially Don Fairchild and Patrice Atwell, for their help with conceptualizing the initial Composer Schedule, and Megan Hoyt for helping to expand it.