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Notes on Major Compositions
listed by composer
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- Saint-Saens Caprice Andaluz
- Saint-Saens 'Cello Concerto in a'
- Saint-Saens 'Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso', Op 28
Written in 1863 for popular violinist Pablo de Sarasate.
- Saint-Saens Omphale's Spinning Wheel
- Saint-Saens PC No. 1
Born in 1835, died in 1921, his life spanning three periods of music. His
music was composed in fairly even chronological sequence. He expressed
interest in various musical trends but for the most part, went his own
way, in his own style. The first PC was written in 1858, his opus 17. Note
the long horn prelude at the beginning of the work.
- Saint-Saens PC No. 2
Was written in 1868. It is said it incorporates the musical scholarship of
Johann Sebastian Bach with the wit and happiness of Jaques Offenbach. FP
May 6, 1868 in Paris with Maurice Ravel as soloist.
- Saint-Saens 'PC No 3
- Saint-Saens 'PC No 4 in c',Op 44
Written in 1874. The work is scored in two movements, each in two parts.
- Saint-Saens Sym No. 3
The Organ Sym No. 3 was composed in 1886 when SS was 76. It premiered in
St. James Hall, London in May of 1886.
- Sammartini, Giovanni Battista 'Symphonies'
The son of a French oboist who settled in Italy. He was born in Milan
where he established his career and became maestro di cappella to the
church for many years. He was an early symphonist and had compositions
published in London and Paris.
- Satie, Eric (sah TEE') (17 MAY - 1866 - 1925)Fr
- SAXOPHONE, Classical music for
- Schoenberg, Arnold 'Concerto for Piano'
- Schoenberg 'Five Pieces for Orchestra'
- Schoenberg Pelleas and Melisande Symphonic Poem
- Schoenberg Survivor from Warsaw
- Schoenberg 'Variations for Orchestra'
- Schoenberg Verklarte nacht Transfigured Night
- Schrecker Irrelohe Opera
- Schubert, Franz
- Schuman, William American Festival Overture
- Schuman, Wm 'Fantsy for Cello and Orchestra: A Song of
- Schuman, Wm New
England Triptych: Three Pieces for Orchestra
after William Billings
- Schuman, Wm Symphony No 1
- Schuman, Wm Symphony No 2
- Schuman, Wm
Symphony No 3
- Schuman, Wm Sym No 4
- Schuman, Wm Sym No 5
- Schuman, Wm
Sym No 6
- Schumann, Clara PC in a Op
Clara Weick (VEEK) was born in 1819 and died in 1847. She was a popular
concert pianist and wife of Robert Schumann. The second MMT was
orchestrated by Robert from a concert piece she had written. She later
added the two other mmts and did those orchestrations. She was 12 years
old. Clara premiered the work in November of 1835 with Felix Mendelssohn
- Schumann, Robert
- Scriabin, Alexander, (1872- 1915) Poem of Ecstacy
- Scriabin Promethius, Poem of Fire
- Scriabin, Sonatas 6-8
His last sonatas composed 1911-13. All in single mmts. No 9 in F, known as Black Mass because of its dark sound. It was said to be is favourite and played it almost as much as his third.
- Scriabin, Sym No 2
Was written in 1896, when Scriabin was twenty-four, but never published in his
own lifetime. His Second
Symphony, which took him well over a year to complete, is part of
a small output of orchestral music.
- Sessions, Roger Sym No 8
- Shapiro Symphony
for Classical Orchestra
- Shostakovich, Dmitry (1906 - 1975)
- Sibelius, Jean
- Smetana, Bedrich
Ma Vlast 'My Fatherland'
Czech composer Bedrich Smetana composed his Cycle of Symphonic Poems in
December of 1874.
This work of
tone poems, became Ma Vlast (My
Country, or My Fatherland).
Vysehrad The Royal Castle, Vltava
is the second movement
with the feeling
of an imaginary
journey along the banks of the Moldau (MOYL dow) River which flows through
Czechoslovakia into the city of Prague.
The third movement is Sarka
Fourth From Bohemia's Woods and Fields
and Sixth Blanik.
- Sondheim, Stephen
Works of John Philip Sousa
- Stamitz Sym No 1 in G
Johann Stamitz was the founder of the Mannheim School, one of the
principle German centers of symphonic composition from 1740 onwards. Under
the leadership of Stamitz, the Mannheim orchestra became well known all
over Europe for its' virtuosity. They exploited the dynamic range from the
softest pianissimo to the loudest fortissimo and became famous for the
thrilling sound of its' crescendo. This is the first of 50 symphonies
Stamitz was to compose.
- Stanley Trumpet
Stanlet lived between 1713 anmd 1786. A contemporary
of Handel and a friend of the English composer, Standley was blind from
childhood. He was an organist of the Temple Church in London for over a
- Stockhausen, Karlheinz Hymnen
- Stockhausen Kontrapunkte
- Stamitz Sinfonia
Concertante in D
Johann Karl Stamitz was a traveling virtuoso as well as a composer. He was
a violinist and violist with the Mannheim orchestra from 1762 thru 1770.
He died in November 1801.
- Still Miniatures
Perhaps the most influential of Black composers, William Grant Still,
based much of his
music on folksongs, black as well as other ethnic origins such as he did
for this work including titles 'I Rode an Old Paint' and 'A Frog Went a
- Stradella 'Sonata for
This Italian composer was born in 1645. His dramatic life story has made
him a hero in a few operas. He was an opera compser himself. He scored
Oratorios and early concerti grossi. He died in 1682.
- Strauss, Johann II (1825-1899) Blue Danube
The Beautiful Blue Danube, waltz was composed in 1867. FP in Vienna in 1867
with chorus and orchestra. The public
liked the waltz, but failed to like the lyrics. After the divorce of the lyrics from the melody
the waltz came into it's own especially after the performance at Napoleon III's 1867 exhibition in Paris.
afterwards it was being played by every cafe and salon orchestra.
- Strauss, J
The VALD' Meister is a fragrant forest herb used in a special spring drink of northern Europe.
Brahms made an orchestral arrangement of this Overture, he was a J Strauss admirere. The Operetta
was FP at the Teatre An Der Wein in 1895.
- Strauss, Richard
- Stravinsky, Igor
- Sullivan, Sir Arthur Overture de Ballo
Collaboration with W.M.S. Gilbert on many light operas engineered by
Richard D'Oyly Carte. This one from 1870.
- Suppe Pique Dame
This overture survives from the 1864 Opera, 'The Queen of Spades'. Not to
be confused with the work of Tchaikovsky which came later in the 19th
century. It was based on the same Pushkin story about a sinister old
cardshark who takes her secrets to the grave and returns as a ghost to
taunt her murderer to suicide.
- Suppe Poet and Peasant Overture
This overture was not written for an opera, although Franz Von Suppe was a
well known opera composer in the mid-19th century. 'The Poet and Peasant'
Overture was written in 1854 for a play of the same name. The overture is
still popular although the incidental music and the play itself are not
- Suppe Queen of Spades
The opera was FP in Austria in 1865. It was a revised version of his
unsuccessful comic opera The Fortune Teller of 1862.