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Table of Contents
The Elements of Music: A Brief Introduction
Part One: The Middle Ages
Chapter 1. Hildegard von Bingen: Play of Virtues (excerpt)
Web Bonus 1: Plainchant Alleluia “Caro mea” from the Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi
Chapter 2. San Ildefonso Indians of New Mexico: Eagle Dance
Chapter 3. Francesco Landini: "Behold, Spring"
Chapter 4: Guillaume de Machaut, ““I can all too well compare my lady”
Chapter 5. Alfonso el Sabio: Songs to the Virgin Mary no. 249, "He Who Gladly Serves"
Part Two: The Renaissance
Chapter 6. Josquin des Prez: "The Cricket"
Chapter 7. Thomas Weelkes: "Since Robin Hood"
Chapter 8. William Byrd: "Sing Joyfully"
Chapter 9. Rhyming Singers of the Bahamas: "My Lord Help Me To Pray"
(Global Connection: Polyphony)
WEB BONUS CHAPTER 2. Tielman Susato: Moorish Dance
Part Three: The Baroque Era
Chapter 10. Claudio Monteverdi: Orpheus, selection from Act II
Chapter 11. Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Overture and Act I, nos. 1-4
Chapter 12. Mbuti Pygmies: "Marriage Celebration Song"
Chapter 13. Barbara Strozzi: "Revenge"
Chapter 14. J. S. Bach: Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (“Little”)
Chapter 15. Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons, "Winter," first movement
Chapter 16. J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047, finale
Chapter 17. George Frideric Handel: Water Music: Hornpipe
Chapter 18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 140 (“Awake, a Voice Calls to Us”), selections
Chorus: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
Chorale: Gloria sei dir gesungen
Chapter 19. G. F. Handel: Messiah, selections
He that dwelleth in heaven (recitative)
Thou shalt break them (aria)
Part Four: The Classical Era
Chapter 20. Joseph Haydn: String Quartet op. 76, no. 3, second movement
Chapter 21. Master Musicians of the Ikuta-ryu (Japan): Cherry Blossom
Chapter 22. Haydn: Symphony no. 102, second and third movements
Chapter 23. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no. 40, first movement
Chapter 24. W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto K. 488, first movement
Chapter 25. W. A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Act I, selection
Web Bonus Chapter 3. Lisa Lu and the Beijing Opera Company: The Reunion
Chapter 26: Billings: Chester
Part Five: The Nineteenth Century
Chapter 27. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 (complete)
Chapter 28. Franz Schubert: "Erlking,"D. 328
Chapter 29. Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Chapter 30. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, fourth movement ("March to the Scaffold")
Chapter 31. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Piano Trio, op. 11, second movement
WEB BONUS CHAPTER4 Robert Schumann: "Dedication"
Chapter 32. Clara Schumann: "Forward!"
Chapter 33. Chopin: Mazurka in Bb, op. 7, no. 1
Chapter 34. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Union
Chapter 35. Ravi Shankar (India): Raga Bairaga
(Global Connection: Virtuosity)
Chapter 36. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, Act I, selection
Chapter 37. Richard Wagner: The Valkyrie, Act III, selection ("Wotan’s farewell")
Chapter 38. Johannes Brahms: Symphony no. 4, finale
Chapter 39. Antonin DvoYák: String Quartet in F Major, op. 96 (“American”), third movement
Part Six: The Twentieth Century
Chapter 40. Claude Debussy: Voiles from Preludes, book 1
Chapter 41. Gamelan Gong Kebyar of Belaluan (Bali): Kebyar Ding III, "Oncang-oncangan"
Chapter 42. Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question
Chapter 43. Arnold Schoenberg: "Columbine" from Pierrot lunaire
Chapter 44. Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Part 1 (excerpt)
Chapter 45. Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Chapter 46. Robert Johnson: "Terraplane Blues"
Chapter 47. Duke Ellington: Cotton Tail
Chapter 48. Charlie Parker: Ornithology
Chapter 49. Ruth Crawford: Piano Study in Mixed Accents
Chapter 50. Germaine Tailleferre: Concertino for Harp and Orchestra, finale
Chapter 51. William Grant Still: "A Black Pierrot"from Songs of Separation
Chapter 52. Aaron Copland: "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo
Chapter 53. Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, “Game of Pairs”
Chapter 54. Leonard Bernstein: "Tonight" from West Side Story (ensemble)
Chapter 55. John Cage: Indeterminacy (excerpt)
Chapter 56. Philip Glass: "Knee Play 1" from Einstein on the Beach.
Chapter 57. Chuck Berry: "School Day"
WEB BONUS CHAPTER5. Mahalia Jackson: "It Don't Cost Very Much"
Chapter 58. Marvelettes: "Please, Mr. Postman"
Chapter 59. Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations"
WEB BONUS CHAPTER6. Sex Pistols, “God Save the Queen”
Chapter 60. Public Enemy: "Fight the Power"
Chapter 61. Tania Léon: A la Par, second movement("Guaguancó")
Chapter 62. Tan Dun: “Farewell” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Part Seven: Music Today
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