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The Listening page includes Youtube and/or Spotify links for each unit’s assigned listening. These may be different from the links included in the textbook! The Youtube and Spotify playlists linked below may use different recordings of the same piece, or lack the piece entirely, based on availability.

Exploring Music Youtube Playlist

Exploring Music Spotify Playlist

Unit 2: What is Music?

“Bouree” from Suite in
E-flat minor, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Youtube
Spotify
Nesaza Shirabe, performed by Tadashi TajimaYoutube
Spotify (different performer)
“Over the Rainbow,” performed by Judy GarlandYoutube
Spotify

Unit 3: Elements of Sound and Music


“Summertime,” performed by Leontyne Price, composed by George Gershwin
Youtube
Spotify
“Amazing Grace,” performed by the Robert Shaw Festival SingersYoutube
Spotify

Unit 4: Instruments and Music Technology


“Can I Kick It?”, composed and performed by A Tribe Called Quest
Youtube
Spotify
Song of the Youths, composed by Karlheinz StockhausenYoutube
Spotify

Unit 5: US Popular Music

“Camptown Races,” composed by Stephen FosterYoutube (Blackface and racist imagery in video)
Spotify
West End Blues,” performed by Louis Armstrong and His Hot FiveYoutube
Spotify
“It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” composed by Duke EllingtonYoutube
Spotify
“Hound Dog,” performed by Elvis PresleyYoutube
Spotify
“America,” from West Side Story, composed by Leonard BernsteinYoutube
Spotify

Unit 6: Song

“Hold Up,” from Lemonade, performed by BeyoncéYoutube
Spotify
“Wandering,” from The Lovely Maid of the Mill, composed by Franz SchubertYoutube
Spotify
“Elf King,” composed by Franz SchubertYoutube
Spotify
“Pretty Polly,” performed by Dock BoggsYoutube
Spotify
“The Sunjata Story,” performed by Djelimady SissokoYoutube
Spotify (shorter version)

Unit 7: Sung and Danced Drama

 “You Are Dead,” from Orfeo, composed by Claudio MonteverdiYoutube
Spotify
“Hell’s Vengeance Boils in My Heart,” from The Magic Flute, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus MozartYoutube
Spotify
Excerpt from The Tale of the White Snake, written by Tian HanYoutube (no Spotify version)
Excerpts from Act II of The Nutcracker, composed by Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyYoutube
Spotify pt. 1 and Spotify pt. 2
“Sacrificial Dance,” from Rite of Spring, composed by Igor StravinskyYoutube
Spotify

Unit 8: Listening in Concert

Allegro con brio (Movement 1) from Symphony No. 5, composed by Ludwig van BeethovenYoutube
Spotify
Rhapsody in Blue, composed by George GershwinYoutube
Spotify
Largo, maestoso (Movement 2) from Symphony No. 1 in E minor, composed by Florence PriceYoutube
Spotify
“The Star-Spangled Banner”, performed by Jimi Hendrix,Youtube
Spotify

Unit 9: Listening at Home and at Court

“I Must Sing,” composed by the Countess of DiaYoutube
Spotify
“Samâi Shad Araban,” composed by Tanburi Cemil BeyYoutube
Spotify
“Flow My Tears,” composed by John DowlandYoutube
Spotify
Finale: Presto (Movement 4) from String Quartet, op. 33, no. 4 “The Joke,” composed by Franz Joseph HaydnYoutube
Spotify
Andante (Movement 3) from Piano Trio in G minor, composed by Clara SchumannYoutube
Spotify

Unit 10: Stories Without Words

“March to the Scaffold” (Movement 4) from Symphonie Fantastique, composed by Hector BerliozYoutube
Spotify
“The Gnome” from Pictures at an Exhibition, composed by Modest MussorgskyYoutube
Spotify
Allegro (Movement 1) from Concerto in E major “Spring”, composed by Antonio VivaldiYoutube
Spotify
Raga Madhuvanti, performed by Anoushka ShankarYoutube
Spotify

Unit 11: Music and Spiritual Expression

“Song Boo Cherpa,” performed by the monks of Boudhanath TempleYoutube
Spotify
“Elohim Hashivenu,” composed by Salamone RossiYoutube
Spotify
Kol Nidre, performed by Selmar CeriniYoutube
Spotify
Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass, composed by Giovanni da PalestrinaYoutube
Spotify
“Wake up, the voice calls us” from Sleepers, Wake, composed by Johann Sebastian BachYoutube
Spotify

Unit 12: Music and Political Expression

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, composed by Franz LisztYoutube
Spotify
Largo (Movement 2) from Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”, composed by Antonín DvořákYoutube
Spotify
“Full Extreme,” performed by Trinidad All StarsYoutube (no Spotify version)
“O Fortuna” from Carmina Burana, composed by Carl OrffYoutube
Spotify
“Get Up Stand Up,” performed by Bob Marley & The WailersYoutube
Spotify

Unit 12: What Is Good Music?

Scene 7 (“Simple Gifts”) from Appalachian Spring, composed by Aaron CoplandYoutube
Spotify
“DNA,” performed by Kendrick LamarYoutube
Spotify
Libertango, composed by Astor Piazzola, performed by Yo-Yo MaYoutube
Spotify

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