Listening Selections: Volume 2 - Classical Era
These videos and links correspond with the listening lessons provided in Volume 2.
As always, when using YouTube, please exercise caution and make sure children always have a parent watching with them.
Lesson 1: Surprise Symphony/Haydn
Listen to the Surprise Symphony (this is just the second movement, which is perfect for SQUILT purposes)
The entire Symphony #94
An informative video about The Surprise Symphony
Lesson 2: Minuet/Boccherini
The Celebrated Minuet for String Quartet
The minuet performed by a String Quartet
Here is the minuet performed on the violin by a 4 year old.
Lesson 3: Piano Sonatina/Clementi
Listen to the full sonatina
Listen to the full sonatina – movements easily labeled on the video
Lesson 4: The Magic Flute/Mozart
Watch the aria performed in German, the original language.
Watch the aria performed in the Ingmar Bergman film – this has English subtitles.
What is opera?
Here is an animated plot summary from Minnesota Public Radio.
Lesson 5: Variations on Twinkle,Twinkle/Mozart
Read more about this piece in the article, Mozart and the Origin of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Two recordings of 12 Variations on Twinkle Twinkle
Meet Wolfgang Mozart
Watch this episode of From the Top from Carnegie Hall to see an AMAZING example of Theme and Variations performed by a 13 year old violinist.
Lesson 6: Flute & Harp Concerto/Mozart
Listen to Andantino, from the Flute & Harp Concerto.
Here is another recording, in a slightly more intimate setting.
Lesson 7: Symphony No. 5/Beethoven
Listen to Symphony 5, Movement 1
Listen to the piece again, this time while watching the graphical score.
This video features a running commentary about the music (great for parents and older children if you REALLY want to explore the music!)
Rate each of these variations of The Fifth Symphony
Lesson 8: Fur Elise/Beethoven
Listen to Fur Elise
Watch a performance of Fur Elise by pianist Valentina Lisitsa
Lesson 9: Emperor Piano Concerto/Beethoven
Listen to Beethoven's Piano Concerto 5, Movement 1 (Allegro)
Here is another recording, this time performed by a much smaller group
This epic concerto is considered to be Beethoven's most technically difficult piano concerto. Read the the program notes from The Utah Symphony here.
This is a Beethoven violin concerto
Lesson 10: Symphony No. 4/Schubert
Listen to Allegro, from the Fourth Symphony
Can your student listen to the entire Tragic Symphony?
Watch this short piano piece by Schubert, March Militaire, performed by two children as a duet.
Watch the same piece again, performed by someone even younger!