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I Don't Get Classical Music: A Self-Help Desperation Guide


Listening Selections



I was looking for a good, short introduction to Western classical music for students outside
the classical realm. I couldn't find one. So I wrote it. If you have friends new to Western
classical music or if you're teaching students in other areas of music who need some quick
background or if you have audiences for classical music who could use some background and
encouragement, then this is your book. I'm not kidding. Among experienced musicians, this may
prove a little controversial in its compactness. Good. I'm excited! And you will be, too. 100
pages and 30 hours of listening!

Here is the link to get your copy. For autographed copies or quantities, please contact me.


News release (.doc), author photos (.jpg) 1 2 3 4, and book cover image (.jpg)


All these are YouTube links, and will be updated if any videos are taken down.
If you find any broken links, please contact me.

    Patterns

  1. Mary Had a Little Lamb (2:01)

  2. Frère Jacques (1:32)

  3. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (2:05)

  4. When Johnny Comes Marching Home (2:18)

  5. Pitches

  6. Rodgers & Hammerstein: Do Re Mi (Do, a Deer) (5:35)

  7. Instruments

  8. Joseph Dubin (Disney): Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (10:19)

  9. Orchestration

  10. Claudio Monteverdi: Overture to Orfeo (1:40)

  11. Canons

  12. Sumer is icumen in (1:52)

  13. J. S. Bach: Little Fugue in G Minor (3:45)

  14. Growing Bigger

  15. Guillaume Dufay: Adieu m'amour (6:02)

  16. Johannes Ockeghem: Ma bouche rit (5:14)

  17. Harmonic Series (Magalio) (3:17)

  18. Harmonic Series (electronic demo) (1:15)

  19. Common Practice

  20. Johann Pachelbel: Canon in D (4:40)

  21. Henry Purcell: When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) (4:07)

  22. Let Me Out of Here

  23. Wolfgang Mozart: Musikalisches Wüferspiel (Musical Dice Game) (0:49)

  24. Some Musical Eras

  25. Dies Irae (6:48)

  26. Hildegard von Bingen: O frondens virga (4:39)

  27. Pérotin: Viderunt omnes (11:35)

  28. Pucelete-Je languis-Domino (2:14)

  29. Josquin des Prez: Qui habitat in adiutorio altissimi (5:48)

  30. Josquin des Prez: Mille regretz (2:17)

  31. Josquin des Prez: El Grillo (1:32)

  32. Giovanni Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass (36:48) (part or all)

  33. Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium (9:40)

  34. John Dowland: Flowe my teares (4:26)

  35. John Dowland: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (34:48) (part or all)

  36. Thomas Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium (4:23)

  37. Carlo Gesualdo: Moro Lasso (4:10)

  38. Antonio Vivaldi: Spring (The Four Seasons) (9:18)

  39. George Handel: Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah) (4:22)

  40. George Handel: Water Music (58:58) (part or all)

  41. J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (19:33)

  42. J. S. Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier No. 1-24 (2:05:24) (first four or so)

  43. J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 (2:45)

  44. Johann Christian Bach: Symphony in G Minor Op. 6 No. 6 (13:14)

  45. Johann Schobert: Piano Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Op. 13 (23:15)

  46. Joseph Haydn: Emperor Quartet, Op. 76 No. 3, second movement (7:25)

  47. Wolfgang Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, first movement (39:49) (first 8:20)

  48. Instruments Again

  49. Bernard Herrmann: The Day the Earth Stood Still, Suite (14:01)

  50. The Special Cases

  51. François Couperin: Les barricades mystérieuses (harpsichord) (2:15)

  52. J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (8:32)

  53. Mozart: Fantasy in C Minor (fortepiano) (7:46)

  54. Crashing the Classical Codes

  55. Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, first movement (6:29)

  56. Great Hulk of a Man

  57. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21, first movement (8:28)

  58. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, first movement (14:30)

  59. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, first movement (7:59)

  60. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, fourth movement: Gewitter, Sturm (3:50)

  61. Gioacchino Rossini: William Tell Overture (11:09)

  62. Modeste Moussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (13:57)

  63. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, second movement (8:04)

  64. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (1:00:08)

  65. Diversion on the Classical Class

  66. John Coltrane: Ascension (10:00)

  67. Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil (6:22)

  68. Ludwig van Beethoven: Contra-Dance No. 1 (2:47)

  69. Franz Schubert: Heidenröslein (1:46)

  70. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 10 (1:15:58) (part or all)

  71. Justin Bieber: As Long as You Love Me (5:51)

  72. Space Music

  73. Giovanni Gabrieli: Canzon a 12 (2:36)

  74. Michael Praetorius: Tota pulchra es (6:03)

  75. Hector Berlioz: Tuba mirum (Requiem) (7:04)

  76. Peter Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker) (3:31)

  77. Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, last movement (12:41)

  78. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge (13:42)

  79. Diana Deutsch: Scale Illusion (1:37)

  80. Music as Language

  81. Ornette Coleman: Lonely Woman (5:03)

  82. The Huge Century

  83. Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2 (4:29)

  84. Frédéric Chopin: Revolutionary Etude, Op. 10 No. 12 (2:33)

  85. Frédéric Chopin: Funeral March, Op. 35 No. 2 (6:00)

  86. Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Waltz (8:07)

  87. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4, fourth movement (9:36)

  88. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4, second movement (11:13)

  89. Tone Poems Without Poetry

  90. Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture (11:51)

  91. Franz Liszt: Obermann's Valley (14:22)

  92. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (53:46) (part or all)

  93. Modeste Moussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (13:57)

  94. Modeste Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel Orchestration) (39:10) (part or all)

  95. Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre (8:38)

  96. Biedrich Smetana: Má Vlast (1:31:40) (part or all)

  97. Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite (33:17)

  98. Peter Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (15:34)

  99. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (42:44) (part or all)

  100. Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (1:00:09) (part or all)

  101. Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (10:57)

  102. Jean Sibelius: Finlandia (8:42)

  103. Gustav Holst: Mars (The Planets) (7:22)

  104. Nationalism

  105. Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 1 (4:44)

  106. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World"), second movement (10:57)

  107. Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise, Op. 53 (7:25)

  108. Edward Elgar: Land of Hope and Glory (9:44)

  109. La Marseillaise (France) (5:20)

  110. Bozhe, Tsarya khrani! (Russia) (2:27)

  111. Hymnusz (Hungary) (2:00)

  112. Ýmnos eis tin Eleutherían Greece) (1:00)

  113. Opera

  114. Wolfgang Mozart: Don Giovanni, Act II Scene 5 (excerpt) (6:25)

  115. Wolfgang Mozart: Don Giovanni (complete) (2:49:42) (as much as you like)

  116. The Artwork of the Future

  117. Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre) (6:23)

  118. Richard Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March (Götterdämmerung) (9:57)

  119. Richard Wagner: Prelude and Wedding March (Lohengrin) (8:31)

  120. Richard Wagner: A Siegfried Idyll (18:29)

  121. Erich Korngold: The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (Suite) (7:21)

  122. John Williams: Star Wars (Suite) (8:04)

  123. Sergei Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 (21:46)

  124. Classical Collapse - And Three Minutes

  125. Mechanical singing birds (3:15)

  126. Carillon in Ghent (Belgium/Flanders) (0:55)

  127. Carillon in Enkhuizen (Netherlands) (instructional) (12:32)

  128. Wait - What's Happening in America

  129. William Billings: Easter Anthem (2:55)

  130. Stephen Foster: My Old Kentucky Home (4:55)

  131. Amy Beach: Piano Concerto (37:04) (part or all)

  132. Romantic Breakdown

  133. Jean Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela (10:03)

  134. Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (12:49)

  135. Maurice Ravel: Bolero (15:50)

  136. Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos, No. 80 (0:57)

  137. Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (in English) (1:08:09) (as much as you like)

  138. Carl Orff: O Fortuna (Carmina Burana) (5:12)

  139. Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (complete) (36:27)

  140. Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (Danse Sacrale) (7:25)

  141. Arthur Honegger: Pacific 231 (7:38)

  142. Alexander Mosolov: The Iron Foundry (3:59)

  143. Arseny Avraamov: Symphony of Factory Sirens (28:12)

  144. George Antheil: Ballet Mécanique (four piano version) (17:07)

  145. Igor Stravinsky: Petrouschka (second tableau) (4:32)

  146. Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53 (13:07)

  147. Aaron Copland: Threshing Machines (Of Mice and Men) (3:04)

  148. Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite (23:27) (part or all)

  149. Darius Milhaud: Suite Provençe (15:53)

  150. Darius Milhaud: La Crétion du Monde (17:30)

  151. George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (17:02)

  152. Bitterness - And Audiences Racing for the Exit

  153. Johann Sebastian Bach: Canon 1 a 2 (A Musical Offering) (3:07)

  154. Arnold Schoenberg: Minuet (Suite, Op. 25) (3:43)

  155. Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (31:00) (part or all)

  156. Arnold Schoenberg: Variations for Orchestra (23:16) (part or all)

  157. Anton Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra (4:20)

  158. Alban Berg: Lyric Suite (14:00)

  159. Igor Stravinsky: Anthem: A Dove Descending Breaks the Air (3:37)

  160. Milton Babbitt: Ensembles for Synthesizer (10:43)

  161. Ownership and Authorship

  162. Leonard Bernstein: A Boy Like That / I Have a Love (West Side Story) (4:17)

  163. Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Act III Finale) (9:19)

  164. Stranger in Paradise (Kismet) (5:13)

  165. Alexander Borodin: Gliding Dance of the Maidens (Polovstian Dances) (11:06)

  166. Vanilla Fudge: Some Velvet Morning (7:43)

  167. Igor Stravinsky: Rondes Printanières (Sacre du Printemps) (3:46)

  168. Elvis Presley: I Can't Help Falling in Love (3:01)

  169. Jean Paul Martini: Plaisir d'amour (3:46)

  170. Tony Martin: Tonight We Love (2:46)

  171. Peter Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (first movement) (10:37)

  172. To Anachreon in Heaven (2:26)

  173. Sergei Eisenstein: Battleship Potemkin (Baby Carriage Scene) (1:55)

  174. Electrons...

  175. Les Paul and Mary Ford: How High the Moon (7:16)

  176. Bülent Arel: Music for a Sacred Service (Postlude) (4:02)

  177. Wendy Carlos: Beethoveniana (A Clockwork Orange) (2:27)

  178. Pauline Oliveros: Alien Bog (33:14) (part or all)

  179. Eliane Radigue: Kyema (Trilogie de la Mort) (1:01:22) (part or all)

  180. Laurie Spiegel: Alles Synth at Bell Labs (live performance) (3:10)

  181. ...and Gongs

  182. Duke Ellington: Bluebird of Delhi (Far East Suite) (3:14)

  183. Javanese Gamelan: Gending Music Jawa (6:48)

  184. Dennis Murphy and the Plainfield Village Gamelan (26:44) (after the talk)

  185. John Cage: Sonata II (Sonatas and Interludes) (2:18)

  186. John Cage: Sonata V (Sonatas and Interludes) (1:39)

  187. The Rubber Band Snaps Back

  188. Terry Riley: In C (32:23)

  189. Steve Reich: Clapping Music (5:09)

  190. Arvo Pärt: Fratres (9:15)

  191. Noah Creshevsky: Psalmus XXIII (7:29)

  192. Mary Jane Leach: Green Mountain Madrigal (8:45)

  193. Renée Baker: The Secret of the Golden Flower (8:03)

  194. The Future Fare

  195. Christina Perri: A Thousand Years (4:47)

  196. Phil Kline: Ours is Not (Zippo Songs I) (4:34)

  197. Phil Kline: Been to Hell (Zippo Songs II) (2:29)

  198. Dennis Bathory-Kitsz: Mar del Platango (1:25)