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  1. Handel, G. F.
  2. Handel Alexander Balus Opera

  3. Handel 'Concerto Grosso' Op 3 No 6
    Published in 1734, but the music originated in England around 1715 after he settled in London. It reflects the Italian influence of Corelli after returning from Italy in the early 1730's.
    These concerti were written in the short span between September 29th through October 30th 1733. His publisher promoted them by adverytising in newspapers which led to major sheet music sales.

  4. Handel 'Largo' from Xerxes
    From one of the many Handel operas, this air is from scene 1 act 1 of 'Xerxes'. It is known independently as the 'largo'.

  5. Handel Messiah
    A baroque work from 1740 with about 45 choruses, solos, duets and some instrumental interludes. As an operal composer, Handel was aware of dramatic sequence and this work was arranged for variety and drama.

  6. Handel Recorder Sonata in g
    Most of Handel's recorder sonatas were published around 1720. The recorder sonata in g minor, op 1 No 2 dates from this period.

  7. Handel Royal Fireworks
    Music intended for a celebration. He wrote the Royal Fireworks for celebration of a peace treaty and to pay tribute to King George the second. At the FP the fireworks blew up setting fire to the staging area and everyone was forced to flee. Composed in 1749 this baroque suite was scored for only winds and percussion but is heard today with strings.

  8. Handel Violin Concerto in Bb
    Dates from 1710 and was influenced by Italian composer Guiseppi Torelli.

  9. Handel Water Music
    Music composed in 1717. A collection of three suites composed to accompany King George I, and royal procession along the Thames. (temz) On first hearing, on the evening of July 17, 1717, the King had the music repeated over a few times. Actually the musicians rode on another nearby barge. Their destination was 'White Hall', the Celsea Villa of Lord Ranelaugh, for dinner, then return. This baroque suite is outdoor entertainment music for the king and his guests with the power of winds and horns thus no strings.

  10. Hanson, Howard Lament for Beowulf

  11. Hanson, Howard Sym No2 - Romantic
    Until his death in 1981 he spent his career as a composer and director of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY. He was 28 when Kodak camera inventor George Eastman chose him to head the school. Perhaps Hanson's most celebrated work is this second symphony. Op 80. It was composed in 1930 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony.

  12. Harris, Roy 'Symphony No. 1'

  13. Harris, Roy 'Symphony No. 2'

  14. Harris, Roy 'Symphony No. 3'

  15. Haydn, Franz Joseph

  16. Herbert A Suite of Serenades
    Written for Paul Whiteman in May of 1924 just before Herbert's death. The work was FP by the PW orchestra just hours after he died. The suite of four serenades based on themes of Spain, China, Cuba and The Orient.

  17. Herold Zampa Overture
    Louis Joseph Ferdinand Herold wrote about a dozen operas in his lifetime which spanned the years 1791 to 1833. 'The Field of Honor' of 1832 was the only successful one. Today only one overture remains. The overture to Zampa, a tone poem about the Mediteranean pirate 'Zampa' sets the "seascape" for the excitement of a pirate's life.

  18. Hindemith, Paul 'Concerto Music for Strings and Brass' Op 50
  19. Hindemith, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

  20. Hindemith Mathis Der Mahler Symphony

  21. Hindemith, Nobilissima Visione, Orchestral Suite

  22. Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl maria Von Weber
    Concieved as a ballet score for Leonid Massine, but never developed. Hindemith heard that the decor for the production was to be done by Salvadore Dali and Hindemith had premonitions of it being a failure. The music is an arrangement of material for to Weber works, piano duets Op 60 and his music for Gozzi's Turandot.

  23. Holst, Gustav Choral Symphony
    Op.41 Gustav Holst wrote his Choral Sym to texts by Keats for the Leeds Festival of 1923. It was FP on Oct 7 1925 at the Leeds Town Hall. Albert Coates cond. The London SO. It was biwildering to most that heard it. It was pub in the 1970's after a resurgence in Holst's popularity no doubt from his popular orchestral work The Planets. There was a recording available from ANGEL (S-37030) made in 1974 by the London Philharmonic Orch and Chorus with Soprano Felicity Palmer, Sir Adrian Boult conducting. (The Poems of John Keats set to the music of Gustav Holst).

  24. Holst Egdon Heath

  25. Holst Hammersmith Prelude and Scherzo
    Wind Band's first great champion amoung first rank composers was Gustav Holst. He was commissioned in 1930 to write a work for the BBC's military band. The expected FP never came, as Holst died in 1934 never hearing the work performed. A recording of the Holst work was performed for a 1959 magnetic film recording, in stereo for Mercury Records (CD# 432 009-2) C2159.

  26. Holst The Planets
    The popularity of Holst's "Planets" is unmistakable: it's one of the most-played works at concert halls, and its influence on contemporary soundtrack composers is profound. Check out's Get Started In feature to get background information and an audio tour of Holst's masterpiece. "The Planets No... 'Pluto' was not depicted in the work. The score was never meant to correlate with astronomical bodies at all. The link was with astrology and Pluto never figured in astrological lore.
    A bit about Holst himself, of Swedish ancestry English composer and teacher Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham in 1874. He died in London in 1934 after spending most of his life teaching at the Morley School and St.Paul's Girls School. The bulk of his music is composed of Choral arrangements but he is best known for his orchestral suite The Planets.
    This large orchestral work with female chorus in the final movement, was written between 1914 and 1917 long before Hollywood composers made cliches of Holst's ideas. The seven sections bear descriptive titles such as Mars, The Bringer of War; Venus, the bringer of peace; Mercury, the winged messenger and Neptune, the Mystic which features the chorus of female voices.
    Jupiter, Venus and Mars were completed by the end of 1914. Saturn, Uranus and Neptune followed in 1915...and Mercury in 1916. All but neptune were written for two pianos. The orchestration came in 1917 by Nora Day and Vally Lasher fellow faculty members at St Paul's School under Holst. It is said that during rehearsals custodial workers stopped their cleaning of the hall...mesmerized by the music they were hearing. The FP was a private one by the London SO on Sep 28, 1918. By 1921, after several performances Holst became immediatly known all over the world, but sadly, he could not produce anything else as popular. This challenged him for the rest of his life.

  27. Holst St.Paul's Suite This work composed while teaching at the St. Paul girl's school in London where he worked from 1905 until his death in 1934. The piece gives each member something significant to perform.

  28. Honegger, Arthur Pacific 231

  29. Honegger, Symphony No 2, for String Orchestra

  30. Hovhaness, Alan Armenian Rhapsody No 1 Op 45.
    Composed in April of 1944 and FP in Boston in June... the music is based on Armenian Mountain village tunes.

  31. Hovhaness Mysterious Mountain
    (2nd Symphony) Conductor Leopold Stokowsky commissioned Alan Hovhaness to write Mysterious Mountain for the Houston Symphony in October of 1955. In his music Hovhaness says he imagined man's attempt to know God. Mountains, he said, seem like symbols of a meeting place between the mundane and the spiritual worlds. (Op 132)

  32. Hummel Concerto for Trumpet
    in E flat. FP On New Years Day in 1804 at the Court of Esterhazy.

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