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MUSIC HISTORY HOMEWORK

This is some optional monthly homework that students can complete if they would like to. Each month, if they turn in a short paper listing the information requested below, they can choose something from my studio treasure box. Under each composer's name I have listed some of his works which you might enjoy listening to. You can choose other examples from the composer's works to listen to if you like,.
For each month listed, research the given composer and write down:


  • when he was born and died

  • what country he came from

  • what style of music he composed (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Twentieth Century)

  • listen to 2 works of music by the composer, then list what you liked or thought was interesting about them


September - Wolfgang Mozart

Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Any of his piano sonatas



October - Franz Schubert

Synphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

Impromptu in E flat major for piano

November - Aaron Copland

From "Appalachian Spring" variations on "'Tis the Gift to be Simple"

Rodeo

Billy the Kid



December - Bela Bartόk

Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

The Miraculous Mandarin

Sonatas for Two Pianos and Percussion



January - Leonard Bernstein

Songs from "West Side Story"

"Chichester Psalms"

February - Ludwig van Beethoven

Any of his 9 symphonies (numbers 5, 6, and 9 are especially famous)

Piano Sonatas (especially Op. 2 No. 1, Op. 13 Pathetique, Op. 27 Nov. 2, Op. 53 Waldstein)


March - Johann Sebastian Bach

Toccata and Fugue in D minor

Brandenburg Concertos

Any of the preludes and fugues



April - Frederic Chopin

Fantasie impromptu, op. 66

Nocturne in E flat major

May - Antonio Vivaldi

The Four Seasons Concertos, No. 1 in E major (Spring), No. 2 in G minor (Summer), No. 3 in F major (Autumn), No. 4 in F minor (Winter)

Concerto for 4 Violins in E minor, RV 550
MUSIC HISTORY HOMEWORK
This is some optional monthly homework that students can complete if they would like to. Each month, if they turn in a short paper listing the information requested below, they can choose something from my studio treasure box. Under each composer's name I have listed some of his works which you might enjoy listening to. You can choose other examples from the composer's works to listen to if you like,.
For each month listed, research the given composer and write down:


  • when he was born and died

  • what country he came from

  • what style of music he composed (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Twentieth Century)

  • listen to 2 works of music by the composer, then list what you liked or thought was interesting about them

September - Peter Tchaikovsky

From the "Nutcracker" ballet: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Dance (Trepak), Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Reed-Flutes, Waltz of the Flowers

Excerpts from the "Swan Lake" ballet

Excerpts from the "Sleeping Beauty" ballet


October - Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

November - George Frideric Handel

Excerpts from "Messiah", especially the "Hallelujah" chorus

Water Music

Music for the Royal Fireworks



December - Giacomo Puccini

Excerpts from the opera "La Bohème"

Excerpts from the opera "Madama Butterfly"

Excerpts from the opera "Tosca"



January - Igor Stravinsky

Excerpts from the ballet "Rite of Spring"

Excerpts from the ballet "Firebird"

Excerpts from the ballet "Petrushka"



February - George Gershwin

From "Porgy and Bess": "Summertime", "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'", "It Ain't Necessarily So"

Rhapsody in Blue

March - Franz Joseph Haydn

Surprise Symphony (Symphony No. 94)

Any of his piano sonatas

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major



April - Edvard Grieg

"Peer Gynt" suite, especially "Hall of the Mountain King"

Piano Concerto in A minor

May - Camille Saint-Saëns

"Carnival of the Animals"

Danse Macabre
MUSIC HISTORY HOMEWORK
This is some optional monthly homework that students can complete if they would like to. Each month, if they turn in a short paper listing the information requested below, they can choose something from my studio treasure box. Under each composer's name I have listed some of his works which you might enjoy listening to. You can choose other examples from the composer's works to listen to if you like,.

For each month listed, research the given composer and write down:


  • when he was born and died

  • what country he came from

  • what style of music he composed (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Twentieth Century)

  • listen to 2 works of music by the composer, then list what you liked or thought was interesting about them


September - Johann Strauss

"The Blue Danube" waltz

Excerpts from "Die Fledermaus"

October - Antonin Dvořák

Symphony No. 9 From the New World

Symphony No. 7 in D minor

November - Hector Berlioz

Symphonie Fantastique

Grande messe des morts

December - Franz Liszt

Liebestraume No. 3

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

January - Domenico Scarlatti

Piano Sonata in D major (K. 119)

Fugue in G minor (Cat Fugue)

February - Charles Ives

In Flanders Fields

Fourth of July from "Holiday Symphony"

March - Robert Schumann

Fantasiestücke

Album for the Young

April - Sergey Prokofiev

Peter and the Wolf

"Romeo and Juliet" ballet

May - John Cage

The Banshee


Mysterious Adventure


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