Knowledge Base

Listening List

COMPOSER LISTENING

Alternatively: Stuff I like and reference a bunch

Adams, John

Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Son of Chamber Symphony

Adams, John Luther

Become Ocean

Barber

Knoxville, Summer of 1915

Bolcom

Cabaret Songs

Britten

Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Coleridge-Taylor, Samuel

Quintet in F-sharp Major.

Copland

Appalachian Spring
Symphony 3

+ Deportes, Yvonne

French Suite

Elgar

Enigma Variations

Ives

The Unanswered Question
Symphony No. 1
Concord Sonata

Prokofiev

Peter and the Wolf

Shaw

Partita for 8 Voices
Plan and Elevation

Smetana

The Moldau

ORCHESTRAL AND OPERA

compiled from Drs. Christopher Koch, Stephen Bomgardner, and Tina Claussen from Drury

Bach

At least 2 of the Brandenburg Concerti
The Well Tempered Clavier
St. Matthew Passion
a wide sampling of his sacred music

Barber

at least 2 orchestral works
Hermit Songs

Beethoven

ALL of the 9 Symphonies
a sampling of string quartets and chamber music (esp. piano)
at least 1 concerto

Berlioz

Symphony Fantastique

Berg

at least one orchestral work
excerpts of 1 opera

Bizet

Carmen

Brahms

ALL the 4 Symphonies
a sampling of chamber music

Britten

Peter Grimes
War Requiem
1 orchestral work
a sampling of chamber/vocal music (especially Hymn to St. Cecelia, Winter Words, Serenade for tenor, horn & strings)

Bruckner

at least one symphony

Chopin

a sampling of the preludes, etudes, waltzes, mazurkas, polonaises (all piano)

Copland

Appalachian Spring

Crumb

Ancient Voices of Children
a sampling of other chamber music

Debussy

Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun
La Mer
a sampling of chamber music (esp. piano)

Dvorak

a sampling of chamber music
at least one of Symphonies 7-8-9
Cello Concerto

Gershwin

An American in Paris
Rhapsody in Blue
excerpts from Porgy and Bess

Handel

Messiah
Royal Fireworks Music
Water Music

Haydn

a sampling of chamber music
at least 2 of Symphonies 95-104

Hindemith

Symphonic Metamorphosis
Symphony in Bb for Band
a sampling of chamber music

Holst

The Planets

Ives

a sampling of chamber music
Symphony No. 4
a sampling of his songs

Khachaturian

Violin Concerto

Mahler

Symphonies 1 and 2 + at least 2 others

Medieval/Renaissance music

a sampling of works by Machaut, Du Fay, Josquin, and an understanding of plainchant

Mendelssohn

Symphonies 3-5
Overture to A Midsummer Nights Drean

Messiaen

Quartet for the End of Time

Monteverdi

Orfeo (opera)
a sampling from his Madrigal books

Mozart

Requiem
The Magic Flute
one of the Da Ponte operas (preferably Don Giovanni or The Marriage of Figaro)
a sampling of chamber music
at least 3 of Symphonies 35-41

Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition

Orff

Carmina Burana

Palestrina

Pope Marcellus Mass
a sampling of motets

Prokofiev

Symphonies 1 and 5
at least 2 concerti
a sampling of chamber music

Puccini

Tosca
Madama Butterfly or La Boheme

Rimsky-Korsakov

Scheherezade
Capriccio Espanol

Saint Saens

Organ Symphony
least 2 concerti
a sampling of chamber music

Schoenberg

Pierrot Lunaire
at least 1 orchestral work

Schubert

Symphonies 8-9
a sampling of chamber music
Winterreisse (song cycle)
Erlkönig
a sample of other songs

Schumann

Symphonies 3-4
a sampling of chamber music
Dichterliebe (song cycle)
a sample of other songs

Shostakovich

At least 2 symphonies
a sampling of chamber music (esp. string 4-tets)

Sibelius

Symphony No. 2
Finlandia
Violin Concerto

Strauss

Don Juan
Death and Transfiguration
Till Eulenspiegel
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Salome
a sampling of the songs (especially Four Last Songs)

Stravinsky

Petrouchka
Firebird
Rite of Spring
A Soldiers Tale
a sampling of chamber music

Tchaikovsky

Symphonies 4-6
at least 1 ballet
violin and piano concerti

Vaughan Williams

At least 1 symphony and 1 choral work

Verdi

Requiem
late period opera (Aida, Falstaff or Otello)
middle period opera (Rigoletto, La Traviata or Il Trovatore)

Vivaldi

at least 3 concerti
a sampling of chamber music

Wagner

early period opera (Tannhauser, Lohengrin, or The Flying Dutchman)
Ring cycle leitmotivs and a general understanding of the music and story
Tristan und Isolde

JAZZ

SAXOPHONE

Alto

Charlie Parker
Cannonball Adderley
Dick Oatts
Kenny Garrett
Art Pepper
Phil Woods
Ornette Coleman
Eric Dolphy
Johnny Hodges
James Moody
Lee Konitz
Marshall Royal

Tenor

Lester Young
Coleman Hawkins
Ben Webster
John Coltrane
Michael Brecker
Rich Perry
Rick Margitza
Joe Henderson
Sonny Stitt
Hank Mobley
Sonny Rollins
Stan Getz
Benny Golson
Ben Webster
Michael Brecker
Chris Potter
Dave Liebman
Dexter Gordon

Bari

Scott Robinson
Jerry Mulligan
Nick Brignola
Harry Carney

TRUMPET

Dizzy Gillespie
Kenny Wheeler
Lee Morgan
Miles Davis
Freddie Hubbard
Woody Shaw
Ingrid Jensen
Nat Adderely
Don Cherry
Bobbie Shew
Clifford Brown
Cootie Williams
Dave Douglas
Tim Hagans
Chet Baker

TROMBONE

Juan Tizol
JJ Johnson
Tommy Dorsey
Curtis Fuller
Kai Winding
Al Grey
Sam Nanton
Ed Neumeister
Carl Fontana
Frank Rosolino
Conrad Herwig
John Fedchock

PIANO

Jim McNeely
Art Tatum
Bobby Timmons
Cedar Walton
Bill Evans
Keith Jarrett
Gary Versace
Marc Copland
Tadd Dameron
Fred Hersch
Horace Silver
Herbie Hancock
Brad Mehldau
Duke Ellington
Count Basie
Dave Brubeck
Chick Corea

BASS

Christian McBride
Scott LeFaro
Charles Mingus
Jimmy Blanton
Charlie Haden
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
Oscar Peterson
Paul Chambers
Larry Grenadier
Charlie Haden
Gary Peacock
Oscar Pettiford
Ray Brown

GUITAR

Pat Metheny
Wes Montgomery
Charlie Christian
Al DiMeola
Freddie Green
John Abecrombie
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Bill Frisell
John Scofield
Ben Monder

DRUMS

Philly Jo Jones
Mel Lewis
Billy Cobham
Jack DeJohnette
Peter Erskine
Billy Hart
Billy Higgins
Max Roach
Art Blakey
Buddy Rich

BIG BAND

Count Basie
Duke Ellington
Glenn Miller
Woody Herman
Les Brown
Benny Goodman
Maria Schneider
Gordon Goodwin
John Fedchock
Stan Kenton
Tom Kubis
Vince Mendoza
Jim McNeely (Village Vanguard Orchestra)
Frank Mantooth
Bill Holman
Bob Belden
Bob Brookmeyer
Thad Jones/Mel Lewis
Gil Evans

VOCAL

Nancy King
Theo Bleckman
Nancy Wilson
Ella Fitzgerald
Cassandra Wilson
Billie Holliday
Louis Armstrong
Chet Baker
Diana Krall
Diane Schuur
Betty Carter

JAZZ ALBUMS

from Dr. Claussen)

Miles Davis

(anything, but particularly these albums)
Kind of Blue
Birth of the Cool
Sketches of Spain
Bitches’ Brew
Miles Smiles
Cookin’, Pluggin’, Steamin’
Amandala

Charlie Parker

Bird With Strings
Complete Savoy Sessions
Charlie Parker on Dial

Cannonball Adderley

Something Else
Cannonball Adderley Quintet at the Lighthouse
Cannonball Adderley Quintet in San Francisco
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

John Coltrane

Lush Life
Giant Steps
My Favorite Things
A Love Supreme
Blue Train

Pat Metheny

Bright Size Life
As Wichita Falls, So Falls Wichita
First Circle

Dizzy Gillespie (with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt)

Sonny Side Up

Sonny Rollins

Saxophone Colossus

Eric Dolphy

Out To Lunch

Duke Ellington

At Newport
Far East Suite

Thelonious Monk

Straight, No Chaser

John Abecrombie/Dave Holland

Gateway

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley

Chet Baker

It Could Happen To You

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker
Tales From the Hudson

Count Basie

Atomic Basie
This Time By Basie
April In Paris

Dexter Gordon

Our Man In Paris
Page One

Lee Morgan

Cornbread
Sidewinder

Joe Henderson

In N Out

Freddie Hubbard

Breaking Point
Red Clay

Wayne Shorter

Speak No Evil
Adam’s Apple
Heavy Weather (with Weather Report)

Jaco Pastorius

The Birthday Concert

Herbie Hancock

Maiden Voyage
Headhunters (also the name of the group)
Empyrean Isles
The New Standard

Conrad Herwig

The Latin Side of John Coltrane

Lee Konitz

Subconcisous-Lee

Horace Silver

Song For My Father

Charles Mingus

Mingus Ah-Um

Ornette Coleman

The Shape of Jazz to Come

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Moanin’
Mosaic

Dave Brubeck

Time Out

Wynton Marsalis

Black Codes From the Underground

Bill Evans

Trio ‘65
Waltz For Debby
Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella and Louis
Ella Swings Gently with Nelson
Any of the "Songbooks" CDs

Jan Garbarek

Officium

Maria Schneider

Coming About
Concert in the Garden
Sky Blue

Hank Mobley

Soul Station

Clifford Brown

A Study in Brown

Chick Corea

Three Quartets
Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Light As A Feather (with Return to Forever)

Dave Douglas

Leap of Faith

Gil Evans

Out of the Cool

Brad Mehldau

Art of the Trio (volume 1-5)

Listening Additions (Draft)

[John Bailey Holland](http://www.jonathanbaileyholland.com/)
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6RozzFUM2DlXAdO3Tri0GL
http://www.castleskins.org/repertoire.html
https://ymusicensemble.bandcamp.com/album/ecstatic-science
John Adams Short Ride on a Fast Machine
Samuel Barber Knoxville, Summer of 1915
William Bolcolm Twelve New Etudes
John Corigliano Symphony No. 1
Henryk Gorecki Symphony No. 3
Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Judd Greenstein Change
Sarah Kirkland Snider Penelope (entire cycle)
Hilary Hahn & Haushka Silfra (entire album)
Nico Muhly Seeing is Believing
Aaron Jay Kernis Symphony in Waves
David Maslanka Symphony No. 4
John Harbison Mirabai Songs
Steve Reich You Are Variations
Caroline Shaw Partita for 8 Voices
Annie Clark (yMusic) Beautiful Mechanical
https://www.danielroumain.com/music
William Grant Still
https://www.musicbyblackcomposers.org/resources/living-composers-directory/
Price, Florence Symphony 4