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  1. Bach, C P E Selected Works

  2. Bach, J C Sym in g Op 6 No 6

  3. Bach, J C Sym in D Op 18 No 4

  4. Bach, Johann Sebastian
    Selected Works
    Bach, 101 An Introductory discography.

  5. Bantock Celtic Sym
    Sir Granville Bantock born in 1868 (London), died in 1946. His Celtic (KEL tik) Symphony is based on themes from Hebridean folksongs collected by Marjory Kennedy Fraser. The work was composed in 1940.

  6. Bantock 'A Hebridean Symphony
    Inspired by the Hebrides Islands and environment off the Western coast of Scotland. Some 500 austere pieces of land sacttered throughout the North Atlantic.

  7. Barber, Samuel
    Selected Works

  8. Bartok, Bela Selected Works

  9. BAX Tintagel
    A symphonic tone poem. (Tin TAH jel) an English town south of London on the Cornish coast near Cornwall. Said to be the land of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Bax spent a few weeks in the village of Tintagel with lover, pianist, Harriet Cohen. He dedicated the tone poem to her.

  10. Beach, Amy Cabildo Opera

  11. Beethoven, Ludwig van Selected Works

    Bellini 'Beatrice di Tenda

    Bellini 'Norma'

    Bellini 'Il Pirata'

    Bellini 'I Puritani'

    Bellini 'La Sonnambula'

    Bellini 'La Straniera'

  12. Benda Harpsichord concerto in f
    Jiri Antonin Benda came from a large family of Czech musicians. He wrote a number of stage works, eight symphonies, many chamber works and several concertos for violin and keyboard instruments. The harpsichord concerto in f, dates from 1775.

  13. Berg VC

  14. Berg Lulu Suite
    Music taken from LuLu, the second opera, in 1934. A suite of five movements of a complex atonal composition. It was FP in Berlin in November of 1934. It includes Lulu's song for a soprano with orchestra in the third movement and the concluding adagio.

  15. Berg Lyric Suite

  16. Berg Three Orch. Pieces

  17. Berg Violin Concerto Newberry novella.

  18. Berg Wozzeck Symphonic Fragments Op 7
    VOH tsek

  19. Berlioz, Hector
    Selected Works

  20. Berners Fantasie Espagnole
    1919, FP at Proms Concert in London 1919.

  21. Bernstein Age of Anxiety

  22. Bernstein Candide

  23. Bernstein Dybbuk

  24. Bernstein Facimile
    An essay for orchestra composed in 1946.

  25. Bernstein Jeremiah Sym No 1

  26. Bernstein 'Serenade' for Solo Violin and Orchestra
    After Plato's "Symposium"

  27. Bernstein 'Symphonic Dances' from West Side Story

  28. Bernstein Sym No 1 See Jeremiah

  29. Bernstein Sym No 2

  30. Bernstein The Kaddish
    A Prayer for the dead and also a prayer that praises God by stating that God is above all praise. A prayer for the living, a gift of help carry on.

  31. Bernstein West Side Story

  32. Biber 'St. Polycarpi Sonata' Written for the collegiate Church of St. Mauritius to commemorate the feast day of the martyr Saint Polycarp. Biber lived, 1644 - 1704.

  33. Bizet Carmen
    The opera is loosly based on the Prosper Merimee novel about the tempestuous gypsy girl, Carmen, and her tragic romance with a young spanish corporal.
    A suite was arranged for orchestra by Borne. Bizet was one of the most popular French composers of the 19th century. He had a feeling for the vitality of folk music...and had a genius for the stage.

  34. Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite
    In 1869 Bizet hurridly composed 27 peices of incidental music for the play 'L'Arlesienne', adapted from a french short story by Alphonse Daudet. It was based on the frustrated love and suicide of a young female relative of the provencal poet Mistral. The play was presented for the first time at the Vaudeville Theater in Paris, in 1872. There are two suites from the score of the 27 themes and they are a staple in today's concert repertoire.

    Bizet Jeux d'Enfant Children's games, piano suite.

    Bizet La jolie Fille de Perth

    Bizet Les Pecheurs de Perles The Pearl Fishers

  35. Bizet Sym in C,
    He composed the sym when he was in his teens. However it was not premiered until 1935, years ofter his death in 1875. The work was, in fact, neglected for almost 80 years. It was found in 1933 in the library of the Paris Conservatory.

  36. Bliss Color Sym
    The eleventh of Bliss' acknowledged compositions. He distroyed many early works. This 1922 orchestral work of color perceptions in movements entitled Purple, Red, Blue and Green.

    Bloch Baal Shem (bahl shehm)

    Bloch Nigun (NEE guhn)

  37. Bloch Schelomo, Hebrew Rhapsody for Cello and Orch
    (sheh LOH moh)

  38. Boccherini Concerto for Cello and Strings No 2 in D
    One of the earliest composers of music for cello. He held posts as court music director at Madrid and Pottsdam in the late 18th century, His output totals some 580 works. The most popular is the cello concerto No 2 in D written in 1768 when he was a successful cellist in Paris. It was published in 1770. It was thought to have been composed around 1760 after his studies in Rome. He wrote a dozen cello concertos between 1763 and 1782.

  39. Boieldieu La Dame Blanche ("The Lady In White")
    A comic opera by Francois Adrien Boieldieu (fran SWA' Bwal DOH'). Perhaps his best known work and his last major work, in fact, he produced nothing but disappointments after this work, living until his death on a government pension. He died at his small country home near Paris on Oct 8, 1834. He had a son who was a composer but not too popular, burdened by the popularity of his father's early works.

    Boieldieu Calife of Bagdad (kah leef)

    Boito Mefistofele (may fee STOH fay lay)

    Boito Nerone (nay ROH nay)

    Borodin Prince Igor

    Borodin Polovtsian Dances (poh LOFF tsyen) Prince Igor

  40. Borodin String Quartet No 2 in D
    Alexander Borodin finished his first, of two, quartets in 1879. A great success so he wrote another...and the second far overshadowed the first in enduring popularity. The second was was completed in 1881, FP in March 1882 in St Petersburg at the Imperial Russian Music Society. (IN four MMTS).

  41. Borodin Sym No 2 in b
    Alexander Borodin was the natural son of a caucasian nobleman. He was given the name of one of his father's serfs and brought up by his mother who instilled in him, love of music and science. He became a Doctor and acquired a lifelong interest in experimental chemistry, which he pursued along with his music. His main works are the operas Prince Igor , The Tsar's Bride three symphonies, some chamber music and songs.
    The second symphony in b minor was very nearly never performed at all. It was begun before Prince Igor, and completed much later, finally appearing on the program of the Music Society of St. Petersburg in January of 1876. Just before the performance date, it was discovered that the manuscript of the first and last movements had been lost. Borodin, who was confined to bed at the time due to illness, rewrote the score of the two missing movements from memory. It was finally performed in March of 1877.

  42. Boulanger, Lilly Psalm 129
    Nadia's very talented sister who died of TB at the age of 24. At the height of her composing at age 16. With a large catalog of works, her style is typical of French music at the turn of the 19th century.

  43. Boulez Fold By Fold Pli selon pli

  44. Brahms, Johaness Selected Works
      Johannes Brahms occupies a heady, prominent position in the pantheon of classical composers, yet he is also one of the most misunderstood. A great way into his music--with all its contradictions--is through the lyrically abundant Violin Concerto Brahms composed during his mature, fertile outburst of symphonic creativity. Check out our latest Get Started in Classical feature on Brahms, which includes an audio tour and essay, and let's experts introduce you to this immensely rewarding composer. Sale Priced

  45. Bretan Luceafarul Opera

  46. Britten Matinees Musicales Suite in 5 MMTS after Rossini
    Op 24. Commissioned for the American Ballet Co. Choreographed by George Balanchine. FP 1941.

  47. Britten Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes

  48. Britten Simple Symphony
    Composed in 1934 from material originally scored in 1925, the simple symphony can be played by a string quartet as well as a string orchestra. Britten says it incorporates themes he composed as a child of 11 or 12. He orchestrated the work, when he was 19, for chamber ensemble.

  49. Britten Sinfonia da Requium Op 20

  50. Britten Spring Symphony
    Composed in 1949. The words of this choral symphony form an anthology of poems about the Spring season. The poems range from those of an unknown in the 13th century to Melton, Nashe and W. H. Auden among others. For soprano, contralto, tenor, orchestra and chorus. His Op 44.

  51. Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
    In 1945 the British ministry of education approached Benjamin Britten about the possiblity of scoring a documentary film that would demonstrate for school children the instrumensts of the orchestra. The composer wrote a set of variations based on a theme written 250 years earlier by another Englishman, Henry Purcell. The entire orchestra plays the theme at the beginning, then the four main sections, then the variations by each instrument. Britten then reassembles the work with a brilliant fuguelike finale. The film was titled 'Instruments of The Orchestra' and was widely shown in England. It is sometimes performed with a narration.

  52. Britten Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge Op 10

  53. Britten War Requiem

  54. Brown Available Forms II, for Orch. and four Hands

  55. Bruch Romance for violin.

  56. Bruch Scottish Fantasy.

  57. Bruch Violin Concerto in g, Op 26 No 1
    Max Bruch was best know in his own time at the turn of the 19th century, as a secular, oratorio composer. Today he is best known for his Romance for violin, The Scottish Fantasy for violin and the Violin Concerto in g from 1865. The most popular of his three violin concertos. The first was premiered in 1866, the composer conducting, the soloist was Otto Von Keninglaf. The work was revised in 1867.

  58. Bruch 'Violin Concerto No 2' in d, Op 44
    Bruch was born in the Rhineland country in 1838, he died in 1920. His 2nd VC was FP at the Crystal Palance in London, November 4, 1877. It was dedicated to Sarasate who performed the work at the premiere. Bruch conducted from his original manuscript. It was published in 1878.

  59. Bruch Kol Nidrei Op 47
    Drawing upon Hebrew melodies for the eve of the Day of Atonement. The work was FP at a concert by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in October of 1881.

  60. Bruch Scottish Fantasy
    Op 46

  61. Bruckner, Anton
    Selected Works

  62. Burns, Mauchline Lady
    Refers to Robert Burns wife, Jean Armour, who lived near the town of Mauchline, Scotland.

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