Music Through the Ages and Thematic Presentations

Clayton Scott
Music of the Baroque Era
Music of the Classical Era
Music of the Romantic Era
Impressionism and Post-Impressionism
A Magical Journey to the Lands of Princes and Princesses
Music as Story
Piano Through the Ages
The Virtuosi: The Superstars
Myths, Fables and Fantasies: (includes Program Music) (many different approaches)
Ragtime, Blues and Jazz: American Music
Musical Nationalism: Why Composers Write
The Great Musicals: Great stories of literature told through great 20th c. musicals
The Music of Russia
Women in Music: (composers, performers, muses, patrons)
Forms in Music (presented anecdotally; history and analysis)


The following use a multi-faceted approach: social context (who, when where, why) combined with specific music.

Music of the Baroque Era:
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in c minor , WTC Book 1
Handel: Hallelujah Chorus
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Summer - Presto

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

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Music of the Classical Era:
Haydn: The Surprise Symphony etc.
Mozart: Symphony No. 40; The Magic Flute; sonatas, etc.

Beethoven: All symphonies; sonatas - Tempest, Moonlight, Pathetique - etc.


Music of the Romantic Era:
Schubert: Erlkönig etc.
Brahms: Piano Concerti No. 1 and 2; Intermezzi, Rhapsodies etc.

Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Berlioz etc. etc.

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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism:
Manet, Monet, Renoir - Debussy (assortment of works)

Cezanne, Seurat, Mondrian - Ravel (Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Menuet antique, Pavane pour une infante défunte, Jeux d'eau (comparison with Debussy's water music), Sonatine, Miroirs, Gaspard de la nuit, Prélude, Le Tombeau de Couperin, La Valse, Boléro)



A Magical Journey to the Lands of Princes and Princesses
Excerpts from:
Prince Igor (Russia): Borodin
The Sleeping Beauty (France): Tchaikovsky
Scheherazade (Arabia): Rimsky-Korsakov
Turandot (China): Puccini
Swan Lake (Germany): Tchaikovsky
Music as Story :
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Schubert: The Erlking
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

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Piano Through the Ages :
Baroque : Bach : Minuet in G; Invention in C; Prelude and Fugue in C minor (WTC I)
Classical : Clementi: Sonatina, Op. 36 no. 3; Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata (3rd movement)
Romantic : Schumann: The Happy Farmer; Chopin: The Raindrop Prelude; Liszt: La Campanella

Twentieth Century : Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie; Ginastera: Suite des danzas criollas

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The Virtuosi: The Superstars
Paganini (violinist/composer): Violin Concerti: No. 1 and No. 2
Liszt (pianist/composer): La Campanella, Liebesträume, Hungarian Rhapsody etc.
Karen Kain (ballerina): Swan Lake, Giselle etc.
Rudolph Nureyev (dancer): Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty etc.

Luciano Pavarotti(tenor)/Joan Sutherland (soprano) : Turandot, Lucia di Lammermoor etc.


Myths, Fables and Fantasies
(includes Program Music) (many different approaches)
Dido and Aeneas: (Baroque) (myth) (Purcell)
The Magic Flute: (Classical) (fairytale) (Mozart)
A Midsummer Night's Dream: (early Romantic) (program music) (sonata form) (Shakespeare) (fantasy) (Mendelssohn)
Symphonie fantastique: (early Romantic) (effect of French Revolution) (program music) (Berlioz) (the fantastic)
Scheherazade: (late Romantic) (Russia) (fable/myth) (program music) (Rimsky-Korsakov)

La cathédrale engloutie: (Impressionism) (Debussy)

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Ragtime, Blues and Jazz: American Music
Dvorak: (use of African-American spirituals) Symphony from the New World
Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer
Debussy: (influence of American jazz in Europe) Le Petit Négre, Golliwogg's Cakewalk
Gershwin: Rialto Ripples, Three Preludes, Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime
Ella Fitzgerald: Empty Bed Blues
Louis Armstrong: West End Blues

Copland: Rodeo


Musical Nationalism: Why Composers Write
Symphonies No. 3 and 5: (Beethoven) (French Revolution/Napoleon) (Classical)
Revolutionary Etude: (Chopin) (Invasion of Poland by Russia) (Romantic)
The Moldau: (Smetana) (physical beauty of one's own country) (Romantic)
Onegin: (Tchaikovsky ballet) (Pushkin - celebration of Russian poetry)

Finlandia: (Sibelius) (patriotism)


The Great Musicals: Great stories of literature told through great 20th c. musicals
Show Boat: (the first musical)
West Side Story: (Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) (same year as My Fair Lady)

My Fair Lady: (Shaw's Pygmalion) (same year as West Side Story)

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The Music of Russia:
The Mighty Five: Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition), Borodin (Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances), Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade)
Tchaikovsky: (Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Onegin, Symphonies etc.)
Rachmaninov: (Piano Concerto No. 2, Preludes in C sharp minor and G minor)
Prokofiev: (Romeo and Juliet)

Stravinsky: (Firebird)


Women in Music: (composers, performers, muses, patrons)
Hildegard: Play of the Virtues
Clara Schumann: short lyric piano pieces; Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto
Fanny Mendelssohn: lieder

Madame von Meck: (Tchaikovsky)


Forms in Music (presented anecdotally; history and analysis)
Fugue : Bach Prelude and Fugue in c minor (WTC I) (physical approach - clap, stand at subject entries etc.)
Sonata/Symphonic form: Mozart, Beethoven (visual approach - what the audience can see in the music)
Lieder: Schubert Erlkönig (story-telling through song; durchkomponiert)
Opera and Ballet (story-telling through words and dance)


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