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Music List Language of the Spirit by Jan Swafford

Through the Middle Ages (up to 1400)

Page Composer Piece
7 Winchester Troper
8 Leonin Viderunt omnes
8 Perotin
9 Perotin Sederunt principes
1976 David Munrow; Early Music Consort of London
11 Guillaume de Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame
Machaut Douce dam jolie
12 Machaut Ma fin est mon commencement
12 Machaut Le Remede de fortune

The Renaissance (CA. 1400 1600)

Page Composer Piece
14 Josquin des Prez Ave Maria, gratia plena
Absalon, fili mi
El Grillo
Mille regretz
14 Johannes Ockeghem Missa prolationum
Ave Maria
14 Orlando di Lasso (Lassus) Bonjour mon Coeur
Matona, mia cara
15 Lasso Lagrime di San Pietro
15 Giovanni Perluigi da Missa Pappae Marcelli

The Baroque Period (CA. 1600-1750)

Page Composer Piece
23 Johann Sebastian Bach Contrapunctus IX
The Art of Fugue
24 Crucifixus of Bachs Mass
in B Minor
28 Claudio Monteverdi Zefiro torna
29 Vespers of the Blessed
Virgin (Vespers of 1610)
Laudate, Pueri Dominum
Duo seraphim
29 Four supreme landmarks Bach Mass in B Minor
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Handels Messiah
Monteverdi Vespers
29 Monteverdi Cornation of Poppea
33 Johann Sebastian Bach Phantom of the Opera,
Toccata and Fugue in D
33 Concerto for Four
Harpsichords BWV 1065
34 Brandenburg Concertos
Partitas for solo violin and
solo cello
Well-Tempered Clavier,

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38 Goldberg Variations
40 Wachet auf, ruft uns die
Wie zittern und wanken
Herr, gehe niccht ins
St. Matthew Passion
41 Mache dich mein Herze
Mass in B Minor
42 Art of Fugue
Vor deinen Thron tret ich
45 George Frideric Handel Messiah
Israel in Egypt
47 The Arrival of the Queen of
Sheba from Solomon
Giulio Cesare
48 Water Music
48 Music for the Royal
49 Acis and Galatea
49 Messiah
52 Giacomo Carissimi Jephte
53 Giovanni Gabrieli In ecclesiis
53 Heinrich Schutz Saul, Saul, was verfolgst
du mich? & others
53 Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Gloria in D Major
53 Domenico Scarlatti

The Classical Period (CA. 1750 1830)

Page Composer Piece
71 Joseph Hydn Piano Sonata No. 46 in A-flat Major
71 Piano Sonata No. 52 in E-flat Major
72 String Quartet, Op. 20
73 Op. 33 is No. 2 in E-flat Major (The Joke.)
74 Surprise Symphony (No. 94)
74 Op. 76 No. 2 in D Minor (Quinten Fifths)
75 Symphony No. 48 in C Major (Maria Theresia)
75 Symphony No. 80 in D Minor
76 Symphony No. 104 in D Major (London)

80 Wolfgang Amade Mozart Sinfonia concertante

82 The Abduction from the Seraglio
84 Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467 (slow movements)
84 Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K.453
85 Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466
Ein kleine Nachtmusik (A little Night Music)
85 String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 (The Dissonant)

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86 String Quintet No. 3 in G Minor, K. 516
86 Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 (Th Prague)
87 Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
87 The Marriage of Figaro
88 Magic Flute
89 Requiem

95 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 13 (Pathetique)

98 Third Symphony
100 Moonlight Sonata (No. 14 in C-sharp Mainor Op. 27)
100 Waldstein (No. 21 in C, Op. 53)
100 Op. 59, Razumovsky Quartets
101 String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
101 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major
102 Symphony No. 5 in C Minor (Eroica
102 Ninth Symphony

The Romantic Period (CA. 1830 1900)

Page Composer Piece
109 Richard Strausse Don Quixote
115 Franz Schubert Gretchen am Spinnrade Gretchen at the Spinning
116 Erlkonig (Elf King)
118 Impromptus, Op. 90
119 Piano Quintet in A Trout Quintet
119 Unifinished Symphony
123 Winterreise (Winter Journey)
123 Der Doppelganger
124 Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
124 String Quintet in C Major

127 Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

130 Le Corsaire overture
130 Roman Carnival Overture
130 Harold in Italy
131 Requiem
131 Les Nuits dete (Summer Nights)
135 Robert Schumann Kreisleriana
137 Auf einer Burg (On a Hilltop)
137 Dichterliebe (Poets Love)
137 Piano Quintet in E-flat
138 Concerto in A Minor
142 Frederic Chopin Preludes for piano, Op. 28
142 First two Preludes: The C Major, No. 2 in A Minor
142 D Minor Prelude
143 Military Polonaise (in A Major, Op. 40, No 1)
143 Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
143 Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

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143 Scherzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 31
143 Polonaise Fantasy in A-flat Major, Op. 61
147 Richard Wagner The Flying Dutchman (Dutchman overture)
152 Siegfrieds Funeral March (Twilight of the Gods)
153 Ride of the Valkyries
153 Forest Murmurs
153 Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
153 Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
154 Prelude and Love-Death from Tristan und Usolde
154 Lohengrin & Die Meistersinger
157 Franz Liszt Faust Symphony
157 Piano Sonata in B Minor
157 Transcendental Studies After Paganini
157 Mephisto Waltzes
157 Hungarian Dances
157 Bagatelle Without Tonality
159 Johannes Brahms Hungarian dances & Lullaby
161 Liebestreu, Op. 3, No. 1
161 Scherzo in E-flat Minor
163 Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major
164 Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor
165 Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
165 Piano Quintet in F Minor
166 String Sextet in G Major
166 Symphony No. 1 in C Minor
167 The Third Symphony in F Minor
171 Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
172 1812 Overture
172 Nutcracker
173 Serenade for Strings in C Major
173 Symphony No. 5 (1888)
173 Symphony No. 6 (the Pathetique)
176 Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E Minor (From the New World)
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major (American)
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 7
182 Gustav Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youths Magic Horn)
Symphony No 2 (1888-1895) Resurrection
Fourth Symphony
Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

Further Romantic Listening

Page Composer Piece
186 Felix Mendelssohn A Midsummer Nights Dream
186 Cesar Franck Symphony in D Minor; Sonata for Violin and Piano in A
187 Giuseppe Verdi Requiem from 1874
187 Anton Brtuckner Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8
188 Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt; From Holbergs Time, Piano Concerto in A
188 Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnole; Scheherazade
188 Modest Mussorgsky Boris Godunov, Night on Bald Mountain, Pictures at an
189 Aleksandr Scriabin Poem of Ecstasy; Piano Sonata No. 5

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189 Sir Edward Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
Enigma Variations; Cello Concerto (by Jacqueline du
189 Jean Sibelius Finlandia, The Swan of Tuonela; Violin Concerto;
Second & Fifth Symphonies

Modernism and Beyond

Page Composer Piece
203 Mozart Ein klein Nachtmusik (A little Night Music)
203 Brahms String Quintet in F Major, Op. 88
203 Wagner Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
203 Schoenberg Drei Klavierstucke
209 Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto
209 Gerard Grisey Partiels (1975)

Page Composer Piece

213 Claude Debussy Prelude a lapres-mide dun faune (Prelude to the
Afternoon of a Faun)
215 La mer (The Sea)
215 Iberia for orchestra
216 Preludes, Book I.
216 Pelleas et Melisande
220 Richard Strauss Don Quixote
221 Also sprach Zarathustra
222 Metamorphosen
222 Four Last Songs
224 Maurice Ravel Pavane for a Dead Princess
224 String Quartet
226 Gaspard de la nuit
227 Daphinis et Chloe
227 Bolero
227 La valse (The Waltz)
228 Le Tombeau do Couperin
231 Igor Stravinsky Petrushka
232 Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
235 Le Noces (The Wedding)
236 Lhistoire du soldat (The Soldiers Tale)
237 Symphony of Psalms
238 Agon
241 Arnold Schoenberg Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
242 Three Piano Pieces of Op. 11
243 Five Pieces for Orchestra
243 Pierrot lunaire
248 Violin Concerto (1936)
252 Charles Ives Psalm 67
252 Symphony No. 2
253 The Unanswered Question
254 Four Ragtime Dances (Ragtime No. 4 first)
254 Three Places in New England
255 Holidays
256 Fourth Symphony
261 Bela Bartok Fourth String Quartet

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262 Cantata profana
262 Divertimento for String Orchestra
263 Piano Concerto No. 2
263 Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
264 Concerto for Orchestra
267 Dmitry Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
268 Piano Trio No. 2
269 Violin Concerto No. 1
271 String Quartet No. 8
271 String Quartet No. 13
274 Benjamin Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
274 Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
275 Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra
275 A Ceremony of Carols
275 The Turn of the Screw
278 Aaron Copland El salon Mexico
278 Billy the Kid
279 Rodeo
279 Appalachian Spring
280 Fanfare for the Common Man
281 GyortgyLigeti Adventures, & New Adventures
283 Mysteries of the Macabre
283 Requiem, & Lux aeterna
283 Violin Concerto
284 Fanfares

Further Modernist Listening

Page Composer Piece
28 Sergey Prokofiev Classical Symphony (No. 1), Peter & the Wolf,
288 Alban Berg Wozzeck
288 Concerto
289 Anton Webern Five pieces for String Quartet, others
289 Leos Janacek Sinfonietta, Glagolitic Mass, Cunning Little Vixen
289 Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Symphony No. 4
290 Sergey Rachmaninoff Prelude in C-sharp Minor
290 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
290 Paul Hindermith Mathis der Maler, others
291 Edgard Varese Ionization, others
291 George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue, others
292 Erik Satie Gymnopedies for piano
292 Francis Poulenc Sextet for Piano, others
292 Darius Milhaud La creation du monde
292 Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings, others
293 John Cage Sonatas and Interludes, others
294 Olivier Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, others
294 Pierre Boulez Derives 2
295 Karlheinz Stockhausen Gesang der Junglinge, others
295 Alfred Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 1
295 Giacinto Scelsi Uaxuctum etc.
295 Terry Riley In C, others
296 Steve Reich Come Out

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296 Music for 18 Musicians
296 Philip Glass Einstein on the Beach
297 John Adams Nixon in China, others

Notes by R. Hall
The composer is listed once, with blank spaces under his/her name for additional
recommended pieces.
Each piece listed was in bold type in the hard cover edition of the book. Exceptions
include Further Modernist Composers etc.
These tables were prepared in Microsoft Word 2010.
There are some formatting errors, and formatting inconsistencies, neither of which are
I did not include More [composer] pieces.
I did not insert logical page breaks.
The font is Calibri 10 point.

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