March - Student Page

Last Chance!
2014 Composition Contest! - deadline is March 14

100-day Challenge
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February Issue
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Composer of the Month

Richard Strauss



Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks - listen for the opening horn theme and then the clarinet theme at 1:16. Do you hear the gruff bassoons about halfway through?



Also Sprach Zarathustra - Listen to the famous opening to this tone poem. It has been used in around 150 movies and television shows, and is especially popular in science fiction films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wall-E, The Simpsons Movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Toy Story 2.



Alpine Symphony



Johann Strauss Jr.


Johann Strauss Jr. was not a relative of Richard Strauss, and he wrote very different music. Listen to his waltzes that became very popular in Austria in the Romantic period.

Blue Danube Waltz


Tales from the Vienna Woods


Nationalist Music

Listen to some of the many styles of music that composers in the late 1800s and early 1900s were sharing with audiences around the world.


Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. This was first a work for piano four hands and later was turned into a famous orchestral work.

Opus 46, #8 for piano four hands


Opus 46, #8 for Orchestra



Frederic Chopin - Chopin wrote polonaises and mazurkas based on traditional Polish dances.



Aaron Copland - listen to music from the United States in Copland's famous Rodeo.


"Simple Gifts" melody in Copland's Appalachian Spring.



Edvard Grieg (Norway)

Norwegian Dances #1




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