Laney’s List


Hey Lane!

Below are 36 mostly short pieces by 24 “classical” composers spanning 900 years and 4.75 listening hours. Each is close to my heart in some way and appropriate for the intelligent noob.

Stick with the order if you can, which is strange but intentional. Listen twice to the ones you are especially drawn to. Three times and it will belong to you forever.

Have fun 🙂 — Dad

 

1. CHOPIN Nocturne in B-flat Minor, op. 9 no. 1 (5:00)

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2. SCARLATTI Sonata in D Minor K141 (3:28)

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3. HILDEGARD O virtus sapientiae (2:12)

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4. BACH “Air” from Third Orchestral Suite in D (5:00)

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5. CHOPIN Impromptu No 4 in C-sharp Minor (4:50)

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6. REICH “Slow” from Sextet (2:32)

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7. DELIBES “Flower Duet” from Lakmé (3:35)

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8. RAVEL “Prelude” from Le Tombeau de Couperin (3:05)

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9. RAVEL “Alborada del Gracioso” from Miroirs (7:43)

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10. BOULANGER Vieille Priére Bouddhique (8:34)

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11. DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (10:47)

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12. GINASTERA “Dance of the Arrogant Cowboy” from Danzas Argentinas (2:57)

13. MOZART “Lacrimosa” from Requiem Mass (3:20)

14. REICH Electric Counterpoint (15:00)

15. JOSQUIN madrigal “El Grillo” (The Cricket) (1:30)

16. COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite (25:00)

17. CHOPIN Nocturne in D-flat Major, op 27 no. 2 (6:00)

18. PUCCINI “Nessum Dorma” from Turandot (3:19)

19. WHITACRE Lux Aurumque (4:15)

20. HOLST from The Planets suite:

“Mars, the Bringer of War” (7:08)

“Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” (7:45)

“Uranus, the Magician” (6:18)

“Neptune, the Mystic” (7:05)

21. MOZART “Adagio” from Serenade No 10 (5:46)

22. STRAVINSKY Octet for Wind Instruments, three mvts (14:44)

23. PART Fratres for strings and percussion (9:00)

24. COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man (2:14)

25. TOWER Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (4:38)

26. CHOPIN “Minute” Waltz in D-flat major op. 64 no. 1 (1:48)

27. MOZART Piano Concerto No 21, mvt. 2 (8:00)

28. RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major, three mvts (20:29)

29. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, mvt. 1 (9:00)

30. JOSQUIN De profundis clamavi (Motet, “Out of the depths, I have cried”) (8:23)

31. BARBER Adagio for Strings (9:10)

31. STAVELEY-TAYLOR “Take Me Home” (4:47)

32. BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor “Moonlight,” mvt 1 (6:10)

33. REICH Piano Phase (6:17)

Two pianos playing the same 12-note pattern in sync — then one imperceptibly speeds up until they are out of sync. Soon the first note of the pattern aligns with the second, then out of sync again, then 1 and 3, etc. A certain kind of patience is needed. Not for everyone, but OMG for me.

34. BACH “Prelude” from Cello Suite No 1 in G (2:30)

35. BARTOK Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, mvts 1 and 2 (14:25)

36. RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, mvt 1 (12:40)

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