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Freshman Music Literature List

Gregorian Chant Secular Monophony Medieval Polyphony Renaissance/Early Baroque Secular Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) O quam tu pulchra es Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
  • The Four Seasons, Op. 8 (1723): #4, Winter: I, II, III
Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Fantasia and Fugue in g, BWV 542 (1708)
  • Concerto for 2 violins in d, BWV 1043 (1717): I,, II,, III
  • “Brandenburg” Concerto #4 in G, BWV 1049 (1720): I, II, III
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  • Symphony No. 104 (1795): I, II, III, IV
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  • Piano Concerto, K. 491 (1786), C minor: I, II, III
  • Symphony No. 40, K. 550 (1788): I, II, III, IV
  • Symphony No. 41, K. 551 (1788): I, II, III, IV
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • Piano Sonata, op. 13 (“Pathétique”) (1798): I, II, III
  • Piano Sonata, op. 57 (“Appassionata”) (1805): I, II, III
  • Symphony No. 7, op. 92 (1812): I, II, III, IV
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”) (1893): I, II, III, IV Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Symphony No. 4 (1900): I, II, III, IV Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) La bohème (1896), Act 1: 1. Questo Mar Rosso, 2. Nei cieli bigi, 3. Già dell’ Apocalisse appariscono I segni, 4. Pensier profondo! 5. Legna! Sigari! Bordò, 6. Si può? Chi è là? Benoit! 7. Timido in gioventù, 8. Chi è la? Scusi. Una donna! 9. Oh! Sventata! 10. Che gelida manina, 11. Si Mi chiamano Mimi, 12. Ehi! Rodolfo! 13. O soave fanciulla Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) Il barbiere di Siviglia (1816): 1. Overture and Act 1: 2.Introduzione (Piano, pianissimo), 3. Cavatina (“Ecco, ridente in cielo”), 4. Recitativo (“Gente indiscreta”), 5. Cavatina (“Largo al factotum”), 6. Recitativo/Canzone (“Se il mio nome saper voi bramate”)/Recitativo, 7. Duetto (“All’idea di quel metallo”), 8. Cavatina (“Una voce poco fa/lo sono docile”), 9. Recitativo (“Si, si, la vincerò”), 10. Aria (“La calunnia è un venticello”), 11. Recitativo (“Ah, che ne dite?”), 12. Duetto (“Dunque io son...tu non m’inganni?”), 13. Recitativo (“Ora mi sento meglio”), 14. Aria (“A un dottor della mia sorte”), 15. Recitativo/Finale (“Ehi, di casa! ... buona gente!...”) Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) (1822): I, II
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • Symphony No. 5, op. 64 (E minor) (1888): I, II, III, IV
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
  • Sonata No. 4 (1903): I, II
Charles Ives (1874-1954) Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Sophomore Music Literature List

Medieval Polyphony Renaissance Sacred Renaissance/Early Baroque Secular Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • Symphony No. 2, op. 73 (1877): I, II, III, IV
  • Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45 (1866), movements 1 and 2: I, II
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Preludes, op. 28 (1839), Nos. 1–12: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Mazurkas, op. 17 (1833): 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Nocturnes, op. 27 (1835): 1, 2
  • Scherzo No. 2, op. 31 (Bb minor/Db major) (1839)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) Alban Berg (1885-1935) Roger Sessions (1896-1985)
  • Symphony No. 1 (1926-27): I, II, III
Jazz

Junior Music Literature List

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • Piano Concerto No. 4, op. 58 (G major) (1806): I, II, III
  • Symphony No. 9, op. 125 (1824): I, II, III, IV, V
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  • Violin Concerto, op. 35 (1878): I, II, III
Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
  • Octet for Winds: (1922-23) I, II, III
Anton Webern (1883-1945)
  • Fünf Sätze, Op. 5 (string orchestra version) (1909): I, II, III, IV, V
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Roger Sessions (1896-1985) Elliott Carter (b. 1908)
  • Piano Sonata (1945-46): I, II
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Milton Babbitt (b. 1916) Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006) Pierre Boulez (b. 1925)
  • Notations (1977 version): I, II, III, IV
Luciano Berio (1925-2003) Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) Steve Reich (b. 1936) Paul Lansky (b. 1944) John Adams (b. 1947)

Senior Music Literature List

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • String Quartet, op. 59, no. 2 (E minor) (1806): I, II, III, IV
  • String Quartet, op. 131 (C# minor) (1826): I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
  • String Quintet, C major (1828): I, II, III, IV
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) Richard Wagner (1813-1883) Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
  • String Quartet No. 4 (1936): I, II, III, IV
Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
  • String Quartet No. 4 (1928): I, II, III, IV, V
  • Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: I, II, III, IV
Anton Webern (1883-1945)
  • Concerto, Op. 24 (1931-34): I, II, III
Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) Alban Berg (1885-1935) Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
  • Piano Sonata No. 7 (1938-42): I, II, III George Gershwin (1898-1937) Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
    • String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960): I, II, III, IV, V
    Elliott Carter (b. 1908) Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) Pierre Boulez (b. 1925) Luciano Berio (1925-2003) George Crumb (b. 1929)
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