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The Boston Symphony Orchestra as caught in its incomparable native habitat, Symphony Hall.(c) Stu Rosner

Education in music and poetry is most important … because rhythm and harmony permeate the inner part of the soul more than anything else, affecting it most strongly and bringing it grace, so that is someone is properly educated in music and poetry, it makes him graceful. But if not, then the opposite. And because anyone who has been properly educated in music and poetry will sense it acutely when something has been omitted from a thing and when it hasn’t been finely crafted or finely made by nature.”
– Plato, The Republic III 401d-e.

Maxwell Blown Away Man Ad Sound

Steven Steigman

Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor 4th Movement, “Ode To Joy”, English version, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”, at Royal Albert Hall, London, England


Ode to Joy – Flash Mob Started by One Little Girl: To pay homage to the town they love and to celebrate their 130 anniversary Sabadell Bank in Spain delighted the townspeople with an incredible symphony flash mob. Watch as they play Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and sang Ode to Joy, filling up the town with joy and beautiful music!


Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor 4th Movement, “Ode To Joy” – Complete w/ Words and Translation – Long


Georges Bizet – Carmen – Overture

Frédéric Chopin, Minute Waltz, 1847
Full name: Waltz in D-flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, Valse du petit chien (French for Waltz of the little dog)

Franz Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 , 1847


W. A. Mozart, Symphony No. 40, 1st Movement “Allegro”


W. A. Mozart, Rondo Alla Turca. Known formally as Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major


Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
Canon in D. Full name – Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo
Boston Pops Orchestra, Conductor John Williams.


Gioachino Rossini, The Barber of Seville (1816)

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Gioachino Rossini, LARGO AL FACTOTUM from The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini, The William Tell Overture (1829)

Bedřich Smetana: Dance of the Comedians (1866) NOVA filharmonija
dirigent: Simon Perčič, Novoletni capriccio, Slovenska filharmonija, Ljubljana, 23.12.2013


The Blue Danube, Johann Strauss II (1825 – 1899)
André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra playing “The Beautiful Blue Danube” (An der schönen blauen Donau)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker Suite, 1892

Antonio Vivaldi – Four Seasons. 1723
Budapest Strings, Bela Banfalvi, Conductor

Richard Wagner, Overture from The Flying Dutchman (German: Der fliegende Holländer) ,  (1843)

Richard Wagner, Pilgrim’s Chorus, from Tannhäuser
Tannhäuser and the Minstrel’s Contest at the Wartburg”) 1845

Richard Wagner, “Ride of the Valkyries”
Act 3 of Die Walküre, the second of the four operas by Richard Wagner that constitute Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung)



Jan Peerce (Joshua Perelmuth) sings The Kol Nidre (Hebrew)



French National Anthem – “La Marseillaise” (French, with English translation)


Cymbal harmonics

Learning Standards

Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework


The Arts Disciplines: Music
5.1 Perceive, describe, and respond to basic elements of music, including beat, tempo, rhythm, meter, pitch, melody, texture, dynamics, harmony, and form

5.2 Listen to and describe aural examples of music of various styles, genres, cultural and historical periods, identifying expressive qualities, instrumentation, and cultural and/or geographic context

Arts in world history: The Age of Revolutionary Change (C. 1700 TO 1914)

Europe: The Classical Style (1750–1825)
Developing forms of music: Sonata, concerto, symphony, instrumental chamber music. Sonata allegro form used extensively in large forms. Emergence of the fortepiano over other keyboard instruments.

Composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach, Carl Maria von Weber, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Luigi Cherubini

The Romanticists (1800–1900) Developing forms of music: Great expansion of all major forms of music, especially the symphony and opera, as well as long solo works. Prominence of piano in chamber music. Descriptive program music. Emergence of
nationalism in composition, use of folk music.

Composers: Hector Berlioz, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, César Franck, Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms, Georges Bizet, Modest Mussorgsky, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Antonin Dvorák, Edvard Grieg, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Giacomo Puccini, Gustav Mahler, Jan Sibelius, Bedrich Smetana.