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2019-2020 TERM 1 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791; Classical/Roccoco) (This term's artist: Pieter Bruegel the Elder)
   1. Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in B-flat major, K191 * (the only bassoon concerto he wrote)
   2. Concerto for Flute and Harp in C, K299 *
   3. Piano Sonata no. 11 in A maj K331 (includes the famous Rondo alla Turca) *
   4. Piano Concerto 20 in D min K466 *
   5. Symphony 40 in G minor KV550 *
   6. Quintet in A maj for clarinet, K581 *
         (Purchase Mozart, The Wonder Boy by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Mozart: The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Mozart

2019-2020 TERM 2 Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) (This term's artist: Gustave Courbet)
   1. 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 *, especially no. 24 in A min *
   2. Violin Concerto No. 1 in D maj, Op. 6, MS 21 *
   3. Violin Concerto No.2 in B min, Op.7 MS 48 *, especially the third movement, La Campanella *
   4. Guitar Quartet no. 15 in A min, MS 42
            I. Maestoso *
            II. Minuetto a canone: Andantino *
            III. Recitativo: Andante sostenuto con sentimento *
            IV. Adagio cantabile *
            V. Rondo: Allegretto *
   5. Tarantella in A min Op. 33 MS 76 *
   6. Cantabile D maj for violin and piano (or violin and guitar), Op. 17 MS 109 *
If you prefer to purchase a CD, this one has all 24 Caprices as well as both Violin Concertos: $
         (Purchase Paganini, Master of Strings by Opal Wheeler)
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Paganini

2019-2020 TERM 3 Robert Schumann (1810-1856; Romantic) (This term's artist: JMW Turner)
   1. Carnaval for piano, Op. 9 *
   2. Scenes from Childhood for piano, Op. 15 *
   3. an arabeske or humoreske; perhaps Op. 20 *
   4. Symphony no. 1 in B flat Op. 38 "Spring" *
   5. Liederkreis, Op. 39 *, or other song cycle
   6. Symphony no. 2 in C Op. 61 *
         (Purchase Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Schumann: The Story of the Boy Who Made Pictures in Music by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Schumann

2020-2021 TERM 1 Richard Wagner (1813-1883); Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880; German Romantic) (This term's artist: Titian)
   1. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (orchestral)
   2. Wagner: Selections from The Valkyries (opera)
   3, 4. Wagner: The Love Feast of the Twelve Apostles (choral) (massive work requiring 1200 singers and 100 instruments!) (4 weeks)
   5. Offenbach: Selections from Orpheus in the Underworld (opera)
   6. Offenbach:  Selections from The Tales of Hoffmann (opera)
         (Purchase Adventures of Richard Wagner by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Wagner: The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Little Plays by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Wagner

2020-2021 TERM 2 Russian Nationals (This term's artist: Leonardo Da Vinci)
   1. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Scheherazade
   2. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Symphony 2 'Antar'
   3. Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Cappriccio Espagnol
   4. Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): Polovtsian Dances
   5. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition
   6. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Night on Bald Mountain
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Rimsky-Korsakov; Borodin; Mussorgsky

2020-2021 TERM 3 George Frideric Handel (1685-1759; Baroque) (This term's artist: Rembrandt van Rijn)
   1, 2. Messiah (an oratorio) (4 weeks)
   3. Water music
   4. Any of the organ concerti (such as Organ Concerto in B-flat Major, op. 7,no. 6)
   5. Rinaldo (opera)
   6. Harmonious Blacksmith (from suite in E major)
         (Purchase Handel at the Court of Kings by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Handel: The Story of a Little Boy who Practiced in an Attic by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Handel

2021-2022 TERM 1 Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) and Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921; Romantic) (This term's artist: Jan Van Eyck)
   1. Saint-Saens - Symphony no 3 in C min
   2. Saint-Saens - Danse Macabre
   3. Saint-Saens - Carnaval of Animals (Le Carnaval des Animaux in French)
   4. Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
   5. Berlioz - Dance of the Sylphs
   6. Berlioz - Rakoczy March from the Damnation of Faust
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Berlioz; Saint-Saens

2021-2022 TERM 2 Johann Sebastain Bach ( 1685-1750; Baroque) (This term's artist: Sandro Botticelli)
   1, 2. Magnificat in D (4 weeks)
   3. Chaconne; look for this played by Jascha Heifetz on YouTube
   4. any Church cantata
   5. Brandenburg Concerto no. 6
   6. Art of the Fugue; look for Contrapunctus 9 played by Nageeb Gardizi, and then on organ, on YouTube
         (Purchase Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Johann Sebastian Bach: The story of the boy who sang in the streets by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Bach

2021-2022 TERM 3 Franz Liszt (1811-1886; Romantic) (This term's artist: Caspar David Friedrich)
   1. Piano Concerto no 1
   2. Hungarian Rhapsodies, especially no 2 (you might find cartoon versions of this - Tom and Jerry, or "Rhapsody Rabbit," on YouTube)
   3. Les Preludes
   4. Liebestraum for piano (watch pianist Evigny Kissin on YouTube)
   5. Piano Sonata in B min
   6. Mephisto Waltz
         Free PG Ebook Liszt: The Story of a Boy Who Became a Great Pianist and Teacher by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Liszt

2022-2023 TERM 1 Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) and Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) (This term's artist: Vincent Van Gogh)
   1. Mahler: Symphony 1 (Titan)
   2. Mahler: Symphony 9
   3. Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (song cycle)
   4. Bruckner: Symphony no 4
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Bruckner; Mahler

2022-2023 TERM 2 Edward Elgar (1857-1934) and Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958; 20th Century British) (This term's artist: Raphael Sanzio)
   1. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony 1 (A Sea Symphony)
   2. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
   3. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
   4. Edward Elgar: Serenade for String Orchestra in E minor Op 20
   5. Edward Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance (the first one is the famous Graduation March; see Elgar himself conducting this on YouTube)
   6. Edward Elgar: "Enigma" Variations
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Elgar; Vaugn Williams

2022-2023 TERM 3 Jean Sibelius (1865-1957; zhan suh BAY lee us) and Edvard Grieg (1843 -1907) (This term's artist: John Singer Sargent)
   1. Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite no 1
   2. Grieg - Piano Concerto in A
   3. Grieg - Norwegian Dance no 2
   4. Sibelius - Finlandia
   5, 6. Sibelius - Symphony 1 OR 2 (4 weeks)
         Free PG Ebook Edvard Grieg: The Story of the Boy Who Made Music in the Land of the Midnight Sun by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Sibelius; Grieg

2023-2024 TERM 1 Renaissance Music (This term's artist: Tintoretto)

2023-2024 TERM 2 Maurice Ravel (1875-1937; Impressionist) (This term's artist: Claude Monet)
   1. Daphne et Chloe - selections
   2. Bolero
   3. Mother Goose Suite
   4. Pavane pour une infante dufunte
   5. Piano Concerto in D for left hand
   6. Rhapsody espagnole
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Ravel

2023-2024 TERM 3 Opera Selections (This term's artist: Georges Seurat)
   1. Giuseppi Verdi: "Triumphal March" (Grand March) from Aida, "Vedi! le fosche" (Anvil Chorus) from Il Trovatore.
   2. Giuseppi Verdi: "Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici" (Brindisi) from La Traviata, "La Donne Il Mobile," from Rigoletto.
   3. Giacomo Puccini: "O Soave Fancuilla" and "Quando M'en Vo" from La Boheme, and "E Lucevan Le Stelle" from Tosca.
   4. Giacamo Puccini: "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly, and "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot.
   5. Gioacchino Rossini: overture and "Largo al factotum" (Figaro Figaro Figaro...) from Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville).
   6. Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell overture
We suggest using a selection of Opera favorites that contains most of these, such as Best Opera Album In The World ... Ever! and filling in any missing pieces with whatever else is on the CD. Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, Bizet's "Au fond du temple saint" from The Pearl Fishers, Verdi's "Celeste Aida" from Aida would be worthy substitutes.
One possibility: 25 Opera Favorites
   1 - track 7. Giuseppi Verdi: "Triumphal March" from Aida; track 17. Gypsies' Chorus from Il Trovatore
   2 - track 3. Giuseppi Verdi: "Libiamo Ne'lieti Calici" (Brindisi) from La Traviata; track 9. "La Donne Il Mobile," from Rigoletto
   3 - track 21. Giacomo Puccini: "Che Gelida Manina" from La Boheme; track 23. "Quando M'en Vo" from La Boheme; track 18. "Vissi d'Arte" from Tosca
   4 - track 6. Giacamo Puccini: "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly, track 5. "Nessun Dorma" from Turandot
   5 - track 4. Georges Bizet: "Au Fond du Temple Saint" from the Pearl Fishers; track 2. Gioacchino Rossini: "Largo al factotum" from The Barber of Seville
   6 - track 1. Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell overture

      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Verdi; Puccini; Bizet; Rossini

2024-2025 TERM 1 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827; Classical/Romantic) (This term's artist: Albrecht Durer)
   1. Piano Sonata 8 (Pathetique) Opus 13
   2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight) Op 27
   3. Symphony No. 3 (Eroica-meaning 'heroic') Opus 55
   4. String Quartets opus 59, no.1-3 (Razumovsky Quartets)
   5. Piano Concerto 5 (Emporer) Op 73
   6. Symphony No. 9 (the one with Ode to Joy at the end) Opus 125
         (Purchase Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Beethoven: The story of a little boy who was forced to practice by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Beethoven

2024-2025 TERM 2 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741; Baroque) (This term's artist: Caravaggio)
   1. Gloria (choral work);
   2. The Four Seasons;
   3. Trio Sonata in C major, RV.82;
   4, 5, 6. 3 concerti - Maybe one for violin, one for guitar (such as Concerto in D maj performed by guitarist John Williams on YouTube) and
   one for a woodwind instrument such as oboe or bassoon.
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Vivaldi

2024-2025 TERM 3 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849; Romantic) (This term's artist: Eugene Delacroix)
   1. Op 09 no 2 Nocturne in E flat maj
   2. Op 10 no 3 Etude in E-maj
   3. Op 10 no 12 Revolutionary Etude in C minor
   4. Op 21 Piano Concerto number 2 in f minor
   5. Op 28 Preludes no's 15, 20 and either 16 or 17
   6. Op 53 Polonaise in A flat, Heroic
         (Purchase Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Early Years or Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland, Later Years by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Chopin: The Story of the Boy Who Made Beautiful Melodies by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Chopin

2025-2026 TERM 1 Frederick Delius (1862-1934) (This term's artist: Camille Pissarro)

2025-2026 TERM 2 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791; Classical/Rococo) (This term's artist: Jean Honore Fragonard)
   1. Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major (K525) ("Eine Kleine Nacht Musik")
   2. Requiem Mass in D minor (K626) (A vocal work)
   3. Symphony no. 41 in C major (K551) ("Jupiter)"
   4. Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major (K364)
   5. Piano Concerto no. 21 in C major (K467)
         (Purchase Mozart, The Wonder Boy by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Mozart: The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Mozart

2025-2026 TERM 3 Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847; Romantic) (This term's artist: Albert Bierstadt)
   1. Songs without words (there are 8 volumes, 8 different opus numbers. notes)
   2. Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
   3, 4. Symphony no. 4 in A major, Op. 90 ("Italian") (4 weeks)
   5. Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
   6. Fingal's Cave ("Hebrides") Overture, Op. 26
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Mendelssohn

2026-2027 TERM 1 Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990; American) (This term's artist: Norman Rockwell)
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Bernstein

2026-2027 TERM 2 Claude Debussy (1862-1918; Impressionist) (This term's artist: Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
   1. Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun
   2. La Mer OR Nocturnes for Orchestra
   3. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (from Preludes)
   4. Suite Bergamasqe (includes Claire de Lune)
   5. Children's Corner
   6. Jeux ("Games"); a "danced poem" intended to accompany a ballet
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Debussy

2026-2027 TERM 3 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750; Baroque) (This term's artist: Jacob van Ruisdael and Pieter de Hooch)
   1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
   2, 3. St. Matthew Passion (for 4 weeks)
   4. Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (consists of one toccata and one fugue; do-able in 2 weeks)
   5. Well-Tempered Clavier (Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Book I)
   6. Goldberg Variations
         (Purchase Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Johann Sebastian Bach: The story of the boy who sang in the streets by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Bach

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2027-2028 TERM 1 Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809; Classical) (This term's artist: John Singleton Copley)
   1. String Quartet Op 76 no 3 "Emperor" OR String Quartet Op 76 no 4 "Sunrise" [99 cent downloads "Emperor": I. Allegro; II. Menuett: Allegro; III. Poco adagio cantabile; IV. Finale: Presto]
   2, 3. London Symphony no 104 (4 weeks) [3.96 download] free mp3 final movement
   4, 5. The Creation (4 weeks) [4.99 download] Complete on YouTube; English free zip file contains both .ogg and .mp3 files
   6. a horn concerto [Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major 99 cent downloads: Allegro; Adagio; Allegro]
         (Purchase Joseph Haydn, The Merry Little Peasant by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Franz Joseph Haydn: The Story of the Choir Boy who became a Great Composer by Thomas Tapper
      For a lighter term:
      1. String Quartet Op 76, no. 3, 2nd movement (8:14) (This is the tune for the hymn "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken") $mp3/YouTube
      2. String Quartet Op 76 no. 4 in B flat major, 1st movement (8:42) (Nicknamed Sunrise due to the rising theme over sustained chords that begins the quartet.) $mp3/YouTube
      3. London Symphony - Finale: Spiritoso (6:40) ( Symphony No. 104 in D major is Joseph Haydn's final symphony. It is the last of the twelve so-called London Symphonies, and is known (somewhat arbitrarily, given the existence of eleven others) as the London Symphony. The exuberant finale, in fast tempo and in sonata form, opens in the mode of folk music using a drone bass and a theme often claimed to have originated as a Croatian folk song.) $mp3/YouTube
      4. The Creation: "The Heavens are Telling the Glory" (4:02) (The Creation is considered by many to be Haydn's masterpiece. And "The Heavens are Telling the Glory" seems to be akin to what the Hallelujah chorus is to the Messiah.) $mp3/YouTube
      5. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, 2nd movement (Adagio) (6:04) $mp3/YouTube
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Haydn

2027-2028 TERM 2 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) (This term's artist: Edouard Manet)
   1. Symphony no 6 in B minor. Op 74 "Pathetique" (Wikipedia; includes audio) (Δ indicates free download at
            Purchase MP3 of the complete symphony or just the 2nd movement (Allegro con grazia)
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube 2nd Mvmt Δ
   2. Piano Concerto no 1 in B flat minor Op 23 (Wikipedia; includes audio)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete concerto or just the 1st movement (Allegro)
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube: 1st Mvmt Δ
   3. Serenade for Strings in C major Op 48 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete Serenade or just the 2nd movement (Valse)
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube: 2nd Movement (Valse)
   4. 1812 Overture, Op 49 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete work (15 min) or just the Finale
            YouTube (Complete) - YouTube: Famous Finale Δ
   5. Andante Cantabile from String Quartet in D maj Op 11 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3
            YouTube Δ
   6. Swan Lake, Op 20 (Wikipedia)
            Purchase MP3 of the complete ballet or just the Highlights
            Watch the Entire Ballet on YouTube (2 hours) - YouTube: Suite (30 min)
   Extra: Romeo and Juliet Δ
         (Purchase The Story of Peter Tchaikovsky or Peter Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker Ballet by Opal Wheeler)
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Tchaikovsky

2027-2028 TERM 3 Mark O'Connor (1961- ) and Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) (This term's artist: Hudson River School)
   1. Mark O'Connor: Fanfare for the Volunteer (purchase CD or purchase mp3)
   2. Mark O'Connor: The American Seasons (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains both American Seasons and Strings and Threads) ("Fall" on YouTube)
   3. Mark O'Connor: Strings and Threads Suite (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains both Strings and Threads and American Seasons) (YouTube) [Note: O'Connor has free streaming radio of his music on his website; Don't miss his 18-minute long Johnny Appleseed Suite ($), which has four parts: Marching Along the Ohio Frontier * , Johnny's Apple Pie, Three Angel Brides, The Life and Times of Johnny Appleseed]
   4. Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains Firebird and Rite of Spring) (YouTube)
   5. Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (purchase CD or purchase mp3; contains Rite of Spring and Firebird) (YouTube)
   6. Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (purchase CD or purchase mp3) (YouTube)
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Stravinsky

2028-2029 TERM 1 Hildegard von Bingen, 1098-1179 (This term's artist: Fra Angelico) Biography; Information about her music.
♥ AmblesideOnline's own Megan Hoyt has written a picture book called "Hildegard's Gift" for younger students (purchase at
The following selections are from the Anonymous 4 CD "Origin of Fire" (Purchase CD or mp3)
   1. track 3. Antiphon, O quam mirabilis est (how wondrous is the presece of the divine heart that foreknew every creature) *
   2. track 6. Sequence: O ignis spiritus paracliti (O fire of the spirit, the comforter; a chant for pentecost) English lyrics and audio
   3. track 11. Vision 3 "The fiery spirit": Et imago (Lyrics - Second part of this link) OR O Jerusalem *
   4. track 12. Hymn O ignee spiritus (Hymn, for Holy spirit) English lyrics *
   5. track 14. Vision 4 "Love": Et audivi vocem (Rev 14:13 and I heard a voice from heaven say write. . .) OR Spiritus Sanctus lyrics and audio
   6. track 15. Antiphon Caritas habundant in omnia (Love abounds in all) English lyrics *
   Note that each selection above has a link to either a YouTube version of the work, an audio, or an alternate work linked to YouTube. Asterisks are linked to YouTube.
Other Options:
A Feather on the Breath of God (purchase CD)
Catholic World Report offers their own "definitive list" of Hildegard's music based on the boxed CD set "Sequentia." (purchase)
"The Sacred Fire" CD has many of the selections and is available in Australia.
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: von Bingen

2028-2029 TERM 2 Children's Classics (This term's artist: Diego Velazquez)
   1. Benjamin Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3; includes both Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Peter and the Wolf) (YouTube)
   2. Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3; includes both Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Peter and the Wolf) (YouTube)
   3. Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3) (YouTube) (This is featured in Disney's Fantasia)
   4. Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel (Opera in 3 Acts; Wikipedia; purchase CD or purchase mp3) (YouTube or in English)
   5. Claude Debussy: La Boite A Joujoux (The Toy Box, a ballet for children; blog post featuring images from the French book "La Boite a Joujoux" illustrated by Andre Helle; Purchase mp3 or here for 99 cents) (YouTube) [Ballet on YouTube: 1 The Toy Box Asleep; 2 The Toy Shop; 3 Dance of the Doll; 4 The Field of Battle; 5 The Sheepfold for Sale; 6 Fortune Made After (?); 7 Epilogue]
   6. Georges Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, op. 22 (Children's Games; 12 short piano pieces. Wikipedia) (Purchase CD or purchase mp3 or here) (YouTube)

2028-2029 TERM 3 Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943 (This term's artist: Edgar Degas)
   1 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (YouTube: played by Rachmaninoff)
   2 Prelude in C-sharp minor Op 3 no 2 (YouTube) and/or Prelude op 23 no 5 in g minor
   3 Symphony 2 in E minor op 27 (YouTube)
   4 Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (YouTube; also here)
   5 Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini op 43 (24 variations; 18 is the highlight; (YouTube)
   6 Symphonic Dance op 45 "summarizes Rachmaninoff's compositional output" (YouTube)
   Supplement: All-Night Vigil ("Vespers") op 37 (also translated as Vespers; he requested no 5 to be sung at his own funeral) This and The Bells were Rachmaninoff's own favorite works.
Danse Hongroise (Hungarian Dance), Op. 6 No. 2 (YouTube)
String Quartet, Romance (YouTube)

2029-2030 TERM 1 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897; Romantic) (This term's artist: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot)
   1. Variations on a theme of Haydn
   2. Symphony no 1 Opus 68
   3. Violin Concerto in D
   4. Piano Concerto no 2 Op 83
   5. Tragic Overture Op 81
   6. Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Brahms

2029-2030 TERM 2 Franz Schubert (1797-1828; late Classical/early Romantic) (This term's artist: Jacques-Louis David)
   1. Trout quintet
   2. Symphony no. 8 ("Unfinished")
   3, 4. Symphony no. 9 ("The Great") (4 weeks)
   5. Impromptus op. 90 (D. 899)
   6. Die schone Mullerin (a song cycle)
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Schubert
         (Purchase Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Franz Schubert: The Story of the Boy Who Wrote Beautiful Songs by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Schubert

22029-2030 TERM 3 Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) (This term's artist: Hans Holbein the Younger)
   1. Motet for Five Voices *
   2. Tu Es Petrus *
   3. O Magnum Mysterium *
   4. Kyrie from Pope Marcellus Mass *
   5. Missa O Sacrum Convivium *
   6. Sanctus et Benedictus from Missa Brevis *
Several of the selections are on this CD: Masses and Motets (CD or mp3)
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Palestrina
Pope Marcellus Mass (all) *

2030-2031 TERM 1 Antonin Dvorak (AN-toe-NEEN d-VOR-zhak; 1841-1904; Late Romantic) (This term's artist: Mary Cassatt) 2016/2017 YouTube Playlist from Camille B.
   1. Symphony 9 From the New World * [CD]
   2. Slavonic Dances * [CD]
   3. Carnival Overture (may also be spelled Karneval) * [CD]
   4. Humoresques for piano Opus 101 * (especially no 7 in G flat *) Playlist [MP3 CD]
   5. String Quartet No. 12 in F maj Opus 96 ("American") * [CD]
   6. Trio in E min Opus 90 ("Dumky") *
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Dvorak
      2 1/2 hour "Best of Dvorak" playlist *
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Dvorak

2030-2031 TERM 2 Medieval Era Music (see Notes for this Term, also Medieval Life and Times) (This term's artist: Giotto di Bondone) 2016/2017 YouTube Playlist from Camille B.
   1. "Salve Regina - Gregorian Chant" ($) * * * *
   2. "Secret Voices: Chant and Polyphony from the Las Huelgas Codex, c. 1300" by Anonymous 4 ($) * * *
   3. "A Dance In the Garden of Mirth: Medieval Instrumental Music" by the Dufay Collective ($). * * *
    Alternate Option for this term: "Miri It Is" by the Dufay Collective ($). If you choose to purchase only this CD, we urge you to check your library or YouTube for Gregorian chant selections to supplement. *
    More video links for Gothic music are at the bottom of our Notes for this Term.
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Medieval Music

2030-2031 TERM 3 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799; Classical) Info (This term's artist: James McNeill Whistler)
1-2 Choose Two Concertos:
      Harp Concerto in A major *
      Double Bass Concerto * *
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G major *
      Oboe Concerto in G major * [Oboe Concertos MP3]
      Harpsichord Concerto in A maj *
3-4 Choose Two Symphonies:
      Symphony in C-major "La Prise de la Bastille" *
      Symphony in A minor *
      Six Symphonies after Ovid's Metamorphoses [This Playlist includes 1, 2, 3, 6 ] [Entire Metamorphoses on one CD] [1-3 MP3] [4-6 MP3]
            1 The Four Ages of the World (gold, silver, bronze and iron)
            2 The Fall of Paeton
            3 The Transformation of Actaeon into a Stag
            4 The Rescuing of Andromeda by Perseus
            5 The Petrification of Phineus and his Friends
            6 The Transformation of the Lycian Peasants into Frogs
5-6 Choose Two Chamber Works [Six String Quartets MP3]
      String Quintet No.1 A Major *
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Dittersdorf
      Viola and Bass Duet *
Dittersdorf also wrote operas, oratorios, cantatas, and sacred music, including a Requiem.

2031-2032 music links selected by Megan Hoyt.

2031-2032 TERM 1 Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) (Baroque) (This term's artist: Peter Paul Rubens)
   1. Telemann: Concerto for 4 Violins in G major TWV 40:201 *
   2. Telemann: Sinfonia Spirituosa in D Major TWV 44:1 *
   3. Telemann: Concerto for Traverso and Recorder in E minor TWV 52:e1 *
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Telemann
   4. Corelli: Trio Sonata in D minor, Op. 3 No. 5 (1689) *
   5. Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8 (Christmas Concerto; 1690) *   Excerpt: *
   6. Corelli: Violin Sonata in D Minor Op. 5 No. 12, 'La Folia' (1700) * *
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Corelli
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Corelli, Telemann
      In the 1940's series "Famous Composers for Young People," "Famous Pianists," etc, by Gladys Burch, Corelli has a chapter (og 49) in "Famous Violinists."
      Optional supplement: Telemann: one of his 'Matthaus Passions' *
       Best of Telemann (3 hours)     Best of Corelli (4 hours)

2031-2032 TERM 2 Aaron Copland (1900-1990; American), George Gershwin (1898-1937; American) (This term's artist: Winslow Homer)
   1. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring * * * *
   2. Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid * * or Fanfare for the Common Man * *
   3. Aaron Copland: Rodeo *
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Copland
   4. George Gershwin: American in Paris * *
   5. George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue *
   6. George Gershwin: Concerto in F maj *
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Copland; Gershwin
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Gershwin
       Best of Gershwin (1.5 hours)     Best of Copland (2 hours)

2031-2032 TERM 3 Ludwig von Beethoven 1770-1827; classical/Romantic) (This term's artist: Michelangelo Buonarroti)
   1. Symphony 5 OR 6
   2. Piano Sonata 14 (Moonlight, Opus 27) OR 8 (Pathetique, Opus 13)
   3. Razumovsky String Quartets Opus 59, no 1-3 OR Septet in E-flat Opus 20
   4. Piano Concerto 5 (Emperor, Opus 73)
   5. Symphony 7 OR 9 (Opus 125)
   6. Fidelio
         Megan Hoyt's blog post about Beethoven
         (Purchase Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Opal Wheeler)
         Free PG Ebook Beethoven: The story of a little boy who was forced to practice by Thomas Tapper
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Beethoven

2032-2033 TERM 1 Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826, Romantic) (This term's artist: John Constable)
   1. Incidental music for Turandot, op 37, J. 75, Overture 1809 *
   2. Bassoon concerto in F major, op 75, 1811 *
   3. Clarinet Quintet in B flat Major, op. 34, 1815 *
   4. Invitation to the Dance, Op 65, 1819 *
   5. Der Freischutz overture, Op. 77, J. 277, 1820 * OR Konzertstuck (Concertpiece) in F minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 79, 1821 *
   6. Oberon overture, 1826 *
If you prefer a CD, we suggest choosing one of these options:
1. ($) includes Der Freischutz overture, Oberon overture, Turandot incidental music, AND ($ Clarinet Concertos)
2. ($) includes Oberon overture, Der Freischutz overture, Invitation To The Dance, and other works.

3. ($) 2 disks; includes Oberon overture, Der Freischutz overture, Invitation To The Dance, and clarinet.
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: von Weber

2032-2033 TERM 2 Henry Purcell (1659-1695, Baroque) (This term's artist: Jan Vermeer)
    Selections based on the Hyperion CD "Essential Purcell." Available from or Barnes and Noble
1. Welcome, Welcome Glorious Morn (25 min) *
2. Be Welcome Then, Great Sir *
        Oh, Fair Cedaria *
        Hear My Prayer, O Lord *
3. Dido's Lament: When I Am Laid In Earth *
        Let Mine Eyes Run Down With Tears *
        The Sparrow And The Gentle Dove *
        If Music Be The Food Of Love *
4. Rejoice In The Lord Always ('The Bell Anthem') *
        Hosanna To The Highest *
        Thou Knowest, Lord, The Secrets Of Our Hearts *
        Fairest Isle, All Isles Excelling *
5. Mark, How Readily Each Pliant String *
        Sound The Trumpet *
        She Loves And She Confesses Too *
        O How Blest Is The Isle *
6. Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences *
        An Evening Hymn *
        Te Deum: Vouchsafe, O Lord, To Keep Us This Day *
        Ode to St. Cecilia: Hail Bright Cecilia *
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Purcell

2032-2033 TERM 3 Gabriel Faure (1845-1924, Romantic/Modern) (This term's artist: John William Waterhouse)
   1. Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 (7 movements; 35 minutes total) *
   2. Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 *
   3. Pavane, Op. 50 *
   4. The Dolly Suite, Op. 56 (Berceuse, Mi-a-ou, Le Jardin de Dolly, Kitty-Valse, Tendresse, Le Pas Espagnol) *
   5. Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80 (Prelude, La Fileuse, Sicilienne, Mort de Melisande) *
   6. Songs:
            En priere *
            Apres un reve * *
            Claire de Lune *
            Le Papillon et la fleur *
            Au bord de l'eau *
Generally, we try to recommend no more than two CDs per composer, but for Faure we'll need three. Two of these are budget-priced, however, so happily we can still recommend the very best recordings of these works:
      The classic recording of the Requiem, Faure's best-known work, by musicians from Oxford; Naxos label: Faure: Requiem; Messe basse; Cantique de Jean Racine
      For the Piano Quartets, this is the dream team: Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, and Jaime Laredo. (Everything Yo-Yo touches turns to gold.) Children will love these lively quartets, so this is likely to be the CD that keeps getting played when the term is over.
      All other selections (and more) are on this Deutsche Grammophon recording featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra and others: Faure - Pelleas et Melisande ~ Dolly ~ Apres un reve ~ Pavane ~ Elegie
      Classics for Kids Past Shows: Faure

Classical Music Resources

We are compiling additional art, music, and poetry suggestions for those who would like to supplement or alternate works by a more diverse group of artists. You can view this work in progress here.

How Did Charlotte Mason Teach Music?

Do I have to use AmblesideOnline's music selections?

Listen and/or Download Music (Please be careful to use sites that offer legal downloads. More information here.)
   Internet Archive free downloadable music
   Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum free downloadable classical music
   Classical Cat - "the free classical catalog" indexes "some 6000 free classical music performances"
   Piano Society Free Classical Music
   Inexpensive Classical Music MP3 downloads at and
   Music and Musicians searchable database from the L.A. Philharmonic/Hollywood Bowl/Walt Disney Concert Hall
   WDAV 24-hour commercial-free classical music. An Advisory favorite.
   KCME One Advisory member's favorite. No ads, wide programming, friendly announcers.
   WRR 101 Dallas's first radio station
   WCPE listener supported, commercial-free
   Classical KING FM Features helps for beginner         They "support and promote early music and historical performance." There's a link to listen online.

Websites dedicated to public education in classical music:
   A Music Glossary
   Classics for Kids Online radio programs about composers with their music in the background. Click on composers, then Composers a to z.

Read about Composers:
   Opal Wheeler composer biographies are being republished by Zeezok Publishing. Those are in print have been linked below, along with their corresponding composer.
   Gladys Burch also wrote compilations of composer biographies. They are out of print but can still be found used:
      A Child's Book of Famous Composers (1939; Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Foster, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, MacDowell, Debussy)
      Famous Violinists for Young People (1946; Corelli, Vivaldi, Tartini, Viotti, Paganini, Spohr, Bull, Joachim, Wieniawski, Sarasate, Auer, Ysaye, Kreisler, Spalding)
      Famous Pianists for Young People (1943; Liszt, Rubinstein, von Bulow, de Pachmann, Carreno, Paderewski, Busoni, Rachmaninoff, Hofmann, Grainger)
      Modern Composers for Young People (1941; Mussorgsky, Dvorak, Rimsky-Korsakov, Humperdinck, Elgar, Delius, Strauss, Sibelius, Scriabin, Vaughan Williams, Schoenberg, Ravel, Carpenter, de falla, Respighi, Bartok, Stravinsky, Griffes, Prokofiev, Gershwin)

   Online Texts:
   The World's Great Men of Music: Story-Lives of Master Musicians by Harriette Brower includes chapters on Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Von Weber, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Berlioz, Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Debussy
   Music Talks for Children by Thomas Tapper for younger children, explains why we should study music, how music is all around us, what makes a classic, etc.
   Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Volume 14 by Elbert Hubbard: A rambling discourse on what the artists were like; probably most suitable for Years 6-12. Volume 14: Wagner, Paganini, Chopin, Schumann, Bach, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Beethoven, Handel, Verdi, Mozart, Brahms. (Other volumes)
   The World's Great Men of Music: Story-Lives of Master Musicians by Harriette Brower includes Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Chopin, Berlioz, Liszt, Verdi, Wagner, Franck, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikowsky, MacDowell, Debussy, Toscanini, Stokowsky, and Koussevitzky.

Free PG Ebook Verdi: The Story of the Little Boy who Loved the Hand Organ by Thomas Tapper
   Parents Review articles that discuss music appreciation:
      Art and Literature in the Parents' Union School
      Music and Art in PNEU Schools
      There are also a few Parents' review articles about specific composers.

Composer Notebooking Pages These used to be free downloads, but are now $5.95 to download the complete set.

Suggestions for more music (for summer study, substitution terms, or simply for fun!)

Respighi - Fountains of Rome four lovely symphonic poems about day dawning, and ending over four fountains. You can even hear the water!
O'Connor - Johnny Appleseed Suite four pieces of pure fun

Additional Beautiful Works That Should Not Be Missed

Jenkins - Benedictus from the Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Doyle - Non nobis, Domine from the movie Henry V
Allegri - Miserere

Thank You!
The Advisory wishes to express our gratitude to the members of the former CMMusic list (now The Classical Review), especially Don Fairchild and Patrice Atwell, for their help with conceptualizing the initial Composer Schedule, and Megan Hoyt for helping to expand it.