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Music Workshop at Stony Brook

Classical Music –Themes and Variations III
OLLI Fall 2019
Session six: October 16, 2019

Music Selections from the following list

Classical Mythology

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits (from Orfeo)
Claudio Monteverdi: Orfeus in the Underworld
Henry Purcell: Dido’s Lament (from Dido and Aeneus)
Sir Edward Elgar: The Lotus Eaters (from Homer’s Odyssey)
Richard Strauss: Don Juan (tone poem)

Plays and poems

From Shakespeare

Felix Mendelssohn: Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Walton: Henry V (movie music)
Sir Edward Elgar: Falstaff (from Henry V)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet fantasy overture
Hector Berlioz : Romeo and Juliet (Queen Mab Scherzo)
Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet: Dance of the Knights
Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen (overture)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music (from The Merchant of Venice)
Carl Maria Von Weber : Overture to Oberon
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Coriolanus (overture)
Patrick Doyle: Hamlet (movie music)

From other sources

Edward Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)
Frederic Delius: Sea Drift (from Walt Whitman’s poems)
Franz Schubert: The Trout (from a poem by Schubart – not a typo!)
Franz Schubert: The Elf King (from a poem by Goethe)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Lark Ascending (from a poem by George Meredith)
Claude Debussy: Prelude à l’après midi d’un faune (from a poem by Mallarmé)
Franz Lizst : Dante Sonata
T.S. Eliot : Old Possums Book of Practical Cats

From Novels

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: Far from the Madding Crowd (from Thomas Hardy’s novel)
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote (from the novel by Cervantes)
Leonard Bernstein: Candide (from Voltaire’s novel)
Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 (from Marcel Proust’s à la recherché du tempts perdu).