History of Western Music IV, 1850 to Present

Index of Music Assignments

Unit 1: Self and Other in the Age of Empire, 1848–1918

Depth

  1. Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and conclusion Liebestod (Love-Death) (1859)
  2. Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem, 1868): Mvt. I (Selig sind, die da Leid tragen)
  3. Johannes Brahms, Sonata no. 2 for Violoncello and Piano in F (1886): Mvt. I
  4. Brahms, Intermezzo in E minor, Op. 119, no. 2 (1893)
  5. Charles Villiers Stanford, The Blue-Bird (1910)
  6. Stanford, Organ Sonata no. 5 in A, For All the Saints (1918)
  7. Ethel Smyth, Possession (1913)
  8. Camille Saint-Säens, Samson et Dalila (1847): Danse bacchanale
  9. Antonín Dvořák, Piano Trio in E minor, Dumky (1891): Mvt. III, Andante
  10. Dvořák, Symphony no. 9 in E minor, From the New World (1893): Mvt. II
  11. Claude Debussy, Préludes, Bk. 1 (1910):
    1. ...Voiles (Veils/Sails)
    2. ...Des pas sur la neige (Footprints in the Snow)
  12. Debussy, Children’s Corner (1908): Golliwog’s Cakewalk
  13. Lili Boulanger, Clarières dans le ciel (1914): Au pied de mon lit
  14. Igor Stravinsky, Le sacre de printemps (Rite of Spring, 1913)

Breadth

  1. Anton Bruckner, Symphony no. 7 in E (1885): Mvt. II
  2. Brahms, Symphony no. 4 in E minor (1885): Mvt. II
  3. Heinrich Schütz, Die mit Tränen säen, from Geistliche Chor-Music (1648) (for comparison with Brahms)
  4. Ethel Smyth, March of the Women (1910)
  5. W. S. Gilbert (librettist) and Arthur Sullivan (composer), The Mikado, Act I: I Am So Proud
  6. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, The Death of Minnehaha (1899)
  7. Amy Beach, Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor (1908): Mvt. I–II
  8. Modest Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov (1873): Act I, Coronation scene
  9. Dvořák, Slavonic Dances for piano, four hands (1878): Op. 46, no. 1
  10. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker (1892):
    1. Arabian Dance
    2. Chinese Dance
  11. Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande (1902): First scene
  12. Debussy, Jeux (Games, 1913)
  13. Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka (1911): First tableau

Unit 2: Responsibility, Control, and Freedom through the Wars, 1918–1960

Depth

  1. Alma Mahler, Die stille Stadt (1910)
  2. Gustav Mahler, Symphony no. 2: Mvt. III (1894/1903)
  3. Arnold Schoenberg, Five Pieces for Orchestra (1909)
  4. Schoenberg, Sechs kleine Klavierstücke (Six Little Piano Pieces), Op. 19 (1911): Mvt. I
  5. Schoenberg, String Quartet no. 4 (1936): Mvt. I, III
  6. Anton Webern, Five Canons, Op. 16 (1924): Dormi Jesu
  7. Erik Satie, Desiccated Embryos (1913): No. 2, De podophthalma
  8. Francis Poulenc, Bestiaire (Bestiary, i.e., catalog of animals, 1919)
  9. Stravinsky, Serenade en la (Serenade in A, 1925)
  10. Olivier Messiaen, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus (Twenty Regards/Gazes/Looks upon the Child Jesus, 1944): Première communion de la Vierge
  11. Messiaen, Des canyons aux étoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars, 1972): Bryce Canyon et le rochers rouge-orange (Bryce Canyon and the red-orange rocks)
  12. Bessie Smith, Backwater Blues (1927), with James P. Johnson, piano
  13. George Gershwin, I Got Rhythm (from the musical Girl Crazy, 1930): Performances by Gershwin, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong
  14. Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons, All of Me (1931), performed by Billie Holiday and her orchestra with Lester Young, saxophone; swing jazz style
  15. Juan Tizol, arr. Ellington, Perdido (1942; bebop style, based on rhythm changes, i.e., the chords of Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm)
  16. Charles Ives, Three Places in New England, mvt. II: Putnam’s Camp (1914, revised 1929)
  17. Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (1924), original version for jazz band
  18. William Grant Still, Afro-American Symphony, Mvt. I (1930; world premiere by Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Howard Hanson, 1931)
  19. Ellington, Black, Brown, and Beige, Album version (1958)
  20. Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring (1944): Variations on Shaker Tune Simple Gifts; Original ballet choreographed by Martha Graham
  21. Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Trio no. 2 in E minor (1944)
  22. Britten, War Requiem (1962): Agnus Dei and Libera Me

Breadth

  1. Johann Strauss, Jr., The Beatiful Blue Danube (1866)
  2. Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children, 1904):
    1. Mvt. I, Nun will die Sonn’ so hell’ aufgehen
    2. Mvt. IV, Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
  3. Richard Strauss, Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration, 1899)
  4. R. Strauss, Salome (1905): Conclusion, Ach, Ich habe deine Mund geküsst
  5. Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night, 1899)
  6. Alban Berg, Lyric Suite (1935)
  7. Ernst Krenek, Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae (1941): Mvt. I
  8. Nikos Skalkottas, Violin Concerto (c. 1935?, first performed 1962)
  9. Luigi Dallapiccola, Canti di prigiona (Songs of Imprisonment, 1938–41)
  10. Edward Elgar, Cello Concerto (1919), Mvt. I
  11. Maurice Ravel, Le tombeau de Couperin (Funeral lament for Couperin, 1917): Menuet
  12. Manuel de Falla, Concerto for Harpsichord (1926): Mvt. I
  13. Erik Satie and René Clair, Relâche (No show today): Entr’acte (1924)
  14. Stravinsky, Symphony in C (1940)
  15. Poulenc, Concerto for Two Pianos, Mvt. I
  16. Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5: Aria (1945)
  17. Messiaen, Livre du Saint-Sacrement (1986): Puer natus est nobis
  18. Stravinsky, Elegy for J. F. K. (1964)
  19. John Philip Sousa, The Stars and Stripes Forever March (1896)
  20. Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag (1899)
  21. W. C. Handy, St. Louis Blues (1914), performed by Louis Armstrong and band (1958)
  22. Duke Ellington, Cotton Tail (1940; big-band swing style, based on rhythm changes)
  23. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Anthropology (1945; bebop style, based on rhythm changes)
  24. Ives, General William Booth Enters Into Heaven (1914)
  25. Florence Price, To A Dark Virgin (1941; Poem by Langston Hughes)
  26. Carlos Chávez, Sinfonia India (1935)
  27. Messiaen, Quattuor pour la fin de temps (Quartet for the End of Time, 1941): Mvt. VII, Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’ange qui annonce le fin de temps (Jumble of rainbows, for the angel who announces the end of time)
  28. Benjamin Britten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (1943): Sonnet

Unit 3: Fusion and Fission from the Cold War through Globalization, 1950–Present

Depth

  1. Pierre Schaeffer, Etude aux chemins de fer (Railroad study, 1948)
  2. Karlheinz Stockhausen, Studie II (1954)
  3. Cage, Sonata V for Prepared Piano (1948)
  4. Krysztof Penderecki, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima (1961)
  5. Luciano Berio, Sinfonia (1968): Mvt. III (pastiche/homage to Mahler Symphony no. 2, mvt. III, among others)
  6. George Rochberg, Nach Bach for Harpsichord (1966) (homage to J.S. Bach, Partita in E-minor)
  7. Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (score to film by Godfrey Reggio, 1983)
  8. Alfred Schnittke, Choir Concerto (1985): Mvt. III, IV
  9. Eric Whitacre, Lux aurumque: Performance by Virtual Choir (2010)
  10. Justin Bieber, Up, Live in concert, Mexico City (2012)
  11. Osvaldo Golijov, La Pasión según San Marcos (2000):
    • 1. Visión: Bautismo en la cruz (Vision: Baptism on the cross)
    • 8. ¿Por qué? (Why?)
    • 19. Agonía: Aria de Jesús (Agony: Aria of Jesus in Gethsemane)
    • 11. Kadish (Jewish funeral lament)
  12. Sandeep Das, Tarang (Currents), for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (2005)
  13. Yuan-Chen Li, Wandering Viewpoint (漂點) for chamber orchestra (2015)
  14. Radiohead, OK Computer (1997), whole album; focus tracks: Airbag, Paranoid Android, Let Down
  15. Radiohead, In Rainbows (2007), focus tracks: Fifteen Step, Bodysnatchers, Faust Arp
  16. Christopher O’Riley, True Love Waits: Christopher O’Riley Plays Radiohead: Let Down (from OK Computer) (2003)
  17. Brad Mehldau, Largo: Paranoid Android (2002)
  18. Fred Sturm, Radiohead Jazz Project: Bodysnatchers (2011)
  19. Public Enemy, Fight the Power (1989)
  20. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) (explicit lyrics), focus tracks: Power, All of the Lights, Monster, Runaway
  21. Beyoncé, Lemonade, focus tracks: Formation, Sorry
  22. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN. (2017) (explicit lyrics), focus tracks: DNA., FEAR.
  23. Hip Hop Caucus and Taboo, Stand Up/Stand N Rock (2016)
  24. Lin-Manuel Miranda and others, Hamilton (2015), focus songs: Alexander Hamilton, My Shot
  25. Michael Joncas, On Eagles’ Wings (1979)
  26. Rich Mullins, A Liturgy, A Legacy, and A Ragamuffin Band (1993), focus tracks: Here in America, The Color Green, Creed
  27. Kirk Franklin, Losing My Religion (2015), focus tracks: 1-2-3 Victory, Pray for Me
  28. Matt Redmond, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (2011)
  29. Ginny Owens, Made for More (2015)
  30. Ms Melody Monroe, Ladies Room (2013)

Breadth

  1. Pierre Boulez, Le marteau sans maitre (The hammer without a master, 1955): Mvt. V, Bel Édifice et les pressentiments
  2. Milton Babbitt, All Set for Jazz Ensemble (1957)
  3. John Cage, 4’33" (1952)
  4. John Cage, Water Walk (1960 performance on TV show I’ve Got a Secret)
  5. Witold Lutosławski, String Quartet (1964)
  6. Steve Reich, Music for Eighteen Musicians (1976)
  7. Arvo Pärt, Litany (1996)