‘Abegg’ Variations
Robert Schumann, Piano Collection, his first publication for solo piano
‘Italian’ Symphony

Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony. Programmatic work inspired by his many travels.

‘Manfred’ Symphony
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Symphony, inspired by the writings of Lord Byron
‘Pathetique’ Symphony
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Symphony, demonstrates experimentation with the symphonic structure (last movement is a slow movement), and his underlying sense of pathos
‘Reformation’ Symphony

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Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony. 


‘Resurrection’ Symphony
Gustav Mahler, Symphony, shows is preoccupation of life and earth, humankind’s purpose on earth
‘Rhenish’ Symphony
Robert Schumann, Symphony
‘Scottish’ Symphony
Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony. Programmatic work inspired by his many travels.
‘Spring’ Symphony
Robert Schumann, Symphony
‘Symphony of a Thousand’
Gustav Mahler, Symphony, demonstrates how he expanded performing forces on a grand scale
‘Tragic’ Symphony
Gustav Mahler, Symphony
12 Russian Folk Songs
Sergei Prokofiev, vocal music
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Felix Mendelssohn, Overture and Incidental Music, demonstrates his hallmark style: Light, scherzando writing. Of his earliest masterpieces, composed while in his teens
A survivor from Warsaw
Arnold Schoenberg, Cantata, liberal approach to 12-tone music in his American Period (1933-1951)
Academic Festival Overture
Johannes Brahms, Concert Overture, one of the pairs of concert overtures which were written as a thank you to the University of Breslau for his honorary doctorate.
Aegean Sketches
Jean Coulthard, Piano music
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 2nd period, demonstrates his choruses filled with nationalism, ‘O patria mia’
Alexander Nevsky
Sergei Prokofiev, Film score, shows his Russian nationalism
Allegro Barbaro
Bela Bartok, Piano music, inspired by primitivism of Stravinsky
Alto Rhapsody
Johannes Brahms, Vocal work with orchestra
Andante and Rondo Capriccioso
Felix Mendelssohn, Piano work
Annees de Pelegrinage
Franz Liszt, Piano work
Felix Mendelssohn, Incidental Music
Art and Revolution
Richard Wagner, Literary work
Artwork of the Future
Richard Wagner, Literary work, where he descbies Gesamtkunstwerk
Gyorgy Ligeti, Orchestral work
Bluebeard’s Castle
Bela Bartok, Opera, expressionist elements
Maurice Ravel, Ballet, shows Spanish influences
Brettl Lieder
Arnold Schoenberg, Lied cycle
Canada Mosaic
Jean Coulthard, Orchestral Music, shows influence by Aaron Copland, with her quiet, searching string quality
Cantata Profana
Bela Bartok, Choral work
Cantate Domino canticum novum
Arvo Part, Sacred choral work
Capriccio Italien
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Concert Overture
Robert Schumann, Piano Collection
Bela Bartok, Orchestral music
Chansons Madecasses
Maurice Ravel, Song Collection
Christina Songs
Jean Coulthard, Vocal music
Sergei Prokofiev, Ballet
Come Out
Steve Reich, Electronic Music, shows his use of Phase Shifting
Franz Liszt, Piano Works
Bela Bartok, Chamber music, trio, famous recording made with him, Joseph Szigeti and Benny Goodman
Bedrich Smetana, Opera
Danse Astrale
Jean Coulthard, Piano work, cosmic imagery
Franz Liszt, Program Symphony
Daphnis et Chloe
Maurice Ravel, Ballet, commissioned by Sergei Dhiaghilev and Les Ballets Russes
Das Buch der Hangenden Garten
Arnold Schoenberg, Lied cycle, the first piece that completely abandons atonality
Das Liebesverbot
Richard Wagner, Opera
Das Lied von der Erde
Gustav Mahler, Orchestral Song Cycle
Das klagende Lied
Gustav Mahler, cantata
Der Fliegende Hollander
Richard Wagner, Opera composed in his Dresden years, departed from traditional operatic traditions
Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg
Richard Wagner, Opera
Der Ring des Nibelungen
Richard Wagner, Opera/Music Drama cycle
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Gustav Mahler, Orchestral Song Cycle
Gyorgy Ligeti, Piano music, shows his use of additive meter
Diabolical suggestion
Sergei Prokofiev, Piano music, demonstrates his search for innovation through rhythmic complexities, dissonance, percussive effects to piano writing
Robert Schumann, Song Cycle, inspired by Heinrich Heine his favourite source for Lieder
Die Feen
Richard Wagner, Opera, his first ever composed. Never played during his lifetime
Die Jakobsleiter
Arnold Schoenberg, vocal work
Don Carlos
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 2nd period
Double Sextet
Steve Reich, Chamber music, awarded Pulitzer Prize for this piece in 2009
Steve Reich,Chamber Music, shows his emphasis on the slow evolution of musical elements
Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45, 4th Movement
Johannes Brahms, Sacred Choral Work
Felix Mendelssohn, Oratorio
Arnold Schoenberg, Opera, monodrama, for one character
Eugene Onegin
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Opera
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 3rd period, collaboration with Arrigo Boito
Franz Liszt, Program Symphony
Faust Overture
Richard Wagner, Concert Overture
Fingal’s Cave
Felix Mendelssohn, Overture, inspired by his many travels
Five Songs for Dark Voice
Harry Somers, Vocal music
Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports
Harry Somers, Vocal music
Four Serious Songs, Op. 121
Johannes Brahms, Lieder Cycle, written in anticipation of Clara Schumann’s death 1896
Arvo Part, String ensemble, piece that brought him to international prominence
Frauenliebe und Leben
Robert Schumann, Song Cycle
From My Life
Bedrich Smetana, String Quartet (chamber music)
Fur Alina
Arvo Part, Piano music, features tintinnabulation (widely spaced pitches, open intervals, sonorous pedal tone)
Gaspard de la nuit
Maurice Ravel, Piano work
Robert Schumann, his only Opera
Gyorgy Ligeti, Electronic Work
Arnold Schoenberg, Cantata
Arnold Schoenberg, Literary work (Harmonic treatise)
Histories Naturelles
Maurice Ravel, Song Collection
Hungarian Dances
Johannes Brahms, Piano work
Hungarian Rhapsody
Franz Liszt, Piano work and Concerto (transcribed), demonstrates elements of Hungarian folk and gypsy music
Il Trovatore
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 1st Period
Ivan the Terrible
Sergei Prokofiev, Film score
Jeux d’eau
Maurice Ravel, Piano work, shows impressionism in his music
Gustav Mahler, Orchestral Song Cycle
Kol Nidre
Arnold Schoenberg, vocal work
Bela Bartok, Symphonic Poem, his first major success
Robert Schumann, Piano Collection, inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann
L’enfant et les sortileges
Maurice Ravel, Opera, shows his humour and naive charm
L’heure espagnole
Maurice Ravel, Opera, shows Spanish influence
La Campanella
Franz Liszt, Etude, demonstrates his virtuosity, use of thematic transformation , interest in programmatic elements
La Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, First Period, demonstrates early bel canto influences, coloratura soprano aria Sempre Libera. Based on Dumas’ writing, of his preferred authors due to many dramatic possibilities in plot
La forza del destino
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 2nd period
La valse
Maurice Ravel, Orchestral music
Le tombeau de Couperin
Maurice Ravel, Piano work, composed in memory of his mother and those who fell in the war
Les Preludes
Franz Liszt, Symphonic Poem, demonstrates his use of thematic transformation
Bedrich Smetana, Opera
Liebeslieder Waltzes
Johannes Brahms, Lieder Collection, for 4 voices and 4 hand piano-duet accompaniment
Franz Liszt, Piano work
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Gustav Mahler, Orchestral Song Cycle
Robert Schumann, Song Cycle
Lieutenant Kije
Sergei Prokofiev, Film score
Richard Wagner, Opera, premiered by condector Franz Liszt
Louis Riel
Harry Somers, Opera, shows his search for authenticity by using 4 languages in one opera: English, French, Latin and Cree
Ma mere l’oye
Maurice Ravel, Ballet
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 1st Period, based on Shakespeare (of his preferred writers for librettos, sought texts with many dramatic possibilities)
Johannes Brahms, Lieder Collection
Franz Liszt, Concerto
Mario the Magician
Harry Somers, Opera
Menuet Antique
Maurice Ravel, Piano work, first published work, while he was still in the Conservatoire
Mephisto Waltz
Franz Liszt, Piano work
Messa da Requiem
Giuseppe Verdi, Sacred choral and orchestral work, created in honour of writer Alessandro Manzoni
Bela Bartok, Piano music, pedagogical work
Maurice Ravel, Piano work
Moses und Aron
Arnold Schoenberg, Opera
Music for Strings
Bela Bartok, Orchestral music
Music of Our Time
Jean Coulthard, Piano music, pedagogical work
Ma Vlast
Bedrich Smetana, Cycle of 6 Symphonic Poems, demonstrates cyclical unity
North Country
Harry Somers, Orchestral music
Nothing Too Serious
Harry Somers, Piano music
Nuages Gris
Franz Liszt, Piano work, work that foreshadows Impressionism
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 1st Period, 1st success
Octet for Strings
Franz Mendelssohn, Chamber Work. Of his earliest masterpieces, composed while still in his teens
Oper und Drama
Richard Wagner, Literary work, where he describes techniques employed to compose Der Ring cycle
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 3rd period, collaboration with Arrigo Boito
Out of Doors
Bela Bartok, Piano music, dissonance verging on atonality
Pacific Overtures
Stephen Sondheim, Musical, shows his ‘concept’ musical
Robert Schumann, Piano Collection, inspired by writings of Jean Paul
Richard Wagner, Opera, composed in 1882 to aid the indebted Bayreuth theater
Pavane pour une infante defunte
Maurice Ravel, Piano work
Pelleas und Melisande
Arnold Schoenberg, Symphonic poem
Bela Bartok, Orchestral Music
Petrarch Sonnets
Franz Liszt, Piano work
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Maurice Ravel, Concerto
Picasso Suite
Harry Somers, Orchestral music
Picasso Suite
Harry Somers, Orchestral Suite, shows his style of ‘light music’
Pierrot Lunaire
Arnold Schoenberg, Song cycle, klangfarbenmelodie and sprechstimme. Expressionist work
Poeme symphonique
Gyorgy Ligeti, shows his humour and satire, scored for 100 metronomes
Rapsodie Espagnole
Maurice Ravel, Orchestral Rhapsody, shows his spanish influences
Richard Wagner, Rienzi, his first success premiered by Dresden Hoftheater
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, Second Period, demonstrates use of recurrent motives, here the “Curse” motive
Romanian Concerto
Gyorgy Ligeti, Gyorgy Ligeti, shows his traditional folk influences
Romeo and Juliet
Sergei Prokofiev, Ballet, adapted into 3 orchestral suites and a collection of 10 piano pieces
Romeo and Juliet Overture
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Concert Overture
Rumanian Dances
Bela Bartok, Piano music
Sergei Prokofiev, Piano music
Scenes from Childhood
Robert Schumann, Piano Collection
Serenade for Strings
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Concert Overture
Harry Somers, Opera
Maurice Ravel, Song Collection
Sic Little Pieces, op. 19
Arnold Schoenberg, Piano work
Siegfried Idyll
Richard Wagner, Symphonic Poem
Six Characteristic Pieces, Op. 1
Bedrich Smetana, Piano work, dedicated to Liszt whom he admired for his programmatic works (symphonic poems especially) and who helped him arrange for their publication
Sketches for Orchestra
Harry Somers, Orchestral Music
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
Bela Bartok, Chamber music
Bela Bartok, Piano music, shows his Neo-Classical elements
Maurice Ravel, Piano work
Songs without Words
Felix Mendelssohn, Piano work
Spring Rhapsody
Jean Coulthard, Song cycle, comissioned by contralto Maureen Forrester
St. Paul
Felix Mendelssohn, Oratorio
Strangeness of Heart
Harry Somers, Piano music, the most frequently performed piano piece by a Canadian composer
Swan Lake
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Ballet
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Stephen Sondheim, Musical, shows his affinity for challenging issues, complex characters, mastery of counterpoint, integration of the character, action, music and text
Symphonic Etudes
Robert Schumann, Piano Collection
Richard Wagner, Opera, composed in his Dresden years, departed from traditional opera
The Bartered Bride
Bedrich Smetana, Opera, demonstrates where he writes original melodies the resemble true Bohemian folk songs
The Birds of Lansdowne
Jean Coulthard, Orchestral music
The Brandenburgers in Bohemia
Bedrich Smetana, Opera, demonstrates his Bohemian nationalism and patriotic fervor, based on historical subject
The Fiery Angel
Sergei Prokofiev, Opera
The Gambler
Sergei Prokofiev, Opera
The Kiss
Bedrich Smetana, Opera
The Love for Three Oranges
Sergei Prokofiev, Opera, premiered in Chicago
The Miraculous Mandarin
Bela Bartok, Ballet
The Nutcracker
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Ballet
The Pines of Emily Carr
Jean Coulthard, Orchestral music, displays her nationalism, quotation of Canadian folk songs
The Prodigal Son
Sergei Prokofiev, Ballet
The Queen of Spades
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Opera, inspired by a novel by Pushkin
The Return of the Native
Jean Coulthard, Opera
The Seasons
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Piano work
The Sleeping Beauty
Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Ballet
The Ugly Duckling
Sergei Prokofiev, vocal music
The Wooden Prince
Bela Bartok, One-act Ballet
Theme and variations for piano on B-A-C-H
Jean Coulthard, piano work
Three Piano Pieces, op. 11
Arnold Schoenberg, Piano work
Three Romances
Sergei Prokofiev, vocal music
Sergei Prokofiev, Piano music, reflects the motoric drive to his music
Franz Liszt, Concerto
Tragic Overture
Johannes Brahms, Concert Overture
Transcendental Etudes (Etudes d’execution transcendental d’apres Paganini)
Franz Liszt, Piano work
Franz Liszt, included transcribed symphonies by Beethoven, Lieder by Schubert, operatic fantasies and opera aria
Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner, Opera, premiered by Hans von Bulow in Munich
Un ballo in maschera
Giuseppe Verdi, Opera, 3rd period
Variations Serieuses
Felix Mendelssohn, Piano work
Vergebliches Standchen
Johannes Brahms, Lied in modified strophic form
Verklarte Nacht
Arnold Schoenberg, Chamber music, post-romantic period until 1908
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto, demonstrates his innovation to the Concerto genre, seamless linking of movements inspired by Beethoven
Visions fugitives
Sergei Prokofiev, Piano music
Harry Somers, Vocal music
War and Peace
Sergei Prokofiev, Opera, collaborated on by Mira Mendelssohn, his second wife who was a poet
Wesendonck Lieder
Richard Wagner, Lied cycle
Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jesu
Olivier Messiaen, Piano music
Saint Francois d’Assise
Olivier Messiaen, Opera, late work
Olivier Messiaen, Orchestral Music
Le grand macabre
Gyorgy Ligeti, Opera