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Classical 100 Video Playlist

This is a playlist of YouTube videos for the ABRSM’s Classical 100 list.

ADAMS, John (1947-) The Chairman Dances 20th century
ALLEGRI, Gregorio (1582-1652) Allegri’s Miserere

April Fool’s video (King’s College Choir)

Renais-sance
BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) ‘Badinerie’ from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor Baroque
BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concerto No.5, 1st movt Baroque
BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Toccata and Fugue in D minor, ‘Toccata’ Baroque
BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) ‘Air on a G String’ from Orchestral Suite No.3 in D Baroque
BARBER, Samuel (1910-1981) Barber’s Adagio for Strings 20th century
BARTÓK, Béla (1881-1945) Romanian Dances, ‘Joc cu Bâtă’ 20th century
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827) Symphony No. 5 in C minor Classical
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827) ‘Ode to Joy’ from Symphony No. 9 in D minor Classical
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827) Für Elise Classical
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827) ‘Moonlight Sonata’, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor – 1st movt

Ben Zander on the Moonlight Sonata

Classical
BERNSTEIN, Leonard (1918-1990) ‘Mambo’ from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story 20th century
BIZET, Georges (1838-1875) March of the Toreadors from Carmen Suite No.1 Romantic
BIZET, Georges (1838-1875) ‘Farandole’ from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2 Romantic
BRAHMS, Johannes (1833-1897) Hungarian Dance No.5 Romantic
BRITTEN, Benjamin (1913-1976) The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, ‘Fugue’ 20th century
CHOPIN, Frédéric (1810-1849) ‘Raindrop’ Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 Romantic
COPLAND, Aaron (1900-1990) ‘Hoe Down’ from Rodeo 20th century
COPLAND, Aaron (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man 20th century
de FALLA, Manuel (1876-1946) ‘Ritual Fire Dance’ from El Amor Brujo 20th century
DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918) Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune Romantic
DELIBES, Léo (1836-1891) ‘Flower Duet’ from Lakmé Romantic
DUKAS, Paul (1865-1935) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Romantic
DVORAK, Antonín (1841-1904) ‘Largo’ from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘From the New World’ Romantic
DVORAK, Antonín (1841-1904) Slavonic Dance, No. 8 Romantic
ELGAR, Edward (1857-1934) Cello Concerto in E minor, 1st movt Romantic
ELGAR, Edward (1857-1934) Nimrod from Enigma Variations Romantic
ELGAR, Edward (1857-1934) Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D (Elgar himself conducts in this video) Romantic
FAURÉ, Gabriel (1845-1924) Pavane in F-sharp minor Romantic
FAURÉ, Gabriel (1845-1924) ‘Berceuse’ from Dolly Suite Romantic
FITKIN, Graham (1963-) Hook 20th century
GERSHWIN, George (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue 20th century
GRAINGER, Percy (1882-1961) Londonderry Air 20th century
GRIEG, Edvard (1843-1907) ‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (video also contains The Death of Ase (4:19 and Anitra’s Dance (8:30) Romantic
GRIEG, Edvard (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor, 1st movt Romantic
GRIEG, Edvard (1843-1907) ‘Gavotte’ from Holberg Suite Romantic
HANDEL, George Frideric (1685-1759) ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Messiah Baroque
HANDEL, George Frideric (1685-1759) ‘Hornpipe’ from Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major Baroque
HAYDN, Joseph (1732-1809) Trumpet Concerto, 3rd movt Classical
HAYDN, Joseph (1732-1809) ‘Surprise’ Symphony No. 94 in G major, 2nd movt Classical
HÉROLD, Ferdinand (1791-1833) Clog Dance from La Fille Mal Gardée Romantic
HILDEGARD VON BINGEN (1098-1179) O Euchari Early
HOLST, Gustav (1874-1934) ‘Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity’ from The Planets 20th century
HUMPERDINCK, Engelbert (1854-1921) ‘Evening Prayer’ from Hansel and Gretel Romantic
KATS-CHERNIN, Elena (1957-) ‘Eliza’s Aria’ from Wild Swans (the composer is one of the performers) 21st century
KHACHATURIAN, Aram (1903-1978)  ‘Sabre Dance’ from Gayaneh Suite, No.3 20th century
KODÁLY, Zoltán (1882-1967) ‘Viennese Musical Clock’ from Hary Janos Suite 20th century
MENDELSSOHN, Felix (1809-1847) ‘Scherzo’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Romantic
MENDELSSOHN, Felix (1809-1847) ‘Fingal’s Cave’, Hebrides Overture Romantic
MONTEVERDI, Claudio (1567-1643) ‘Ave Maris Stella’ from Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Baroque
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Clarinet Concerto in A major, 2nd movt  Classical
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement  Classical
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, 3rd movt  Classical
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) ‘Papageno’s Song’ from The Magic Flute Classical
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Symphony No. 40 in G minor, 1st movt  Classical
MUSSORGSKY, Modest (1839-1881) ‘Baba Yaga’ from Pictures at an Exhibition Romantic
MUSSORGSKY, Modest (1839-1881) Night on a Bare Mountain Romantic
ORFF, Carl (1895-1982) ‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana Romantic
PACHELBEL, Johann (1653-1706) Canon in D  Baroque
PROKOFIEV, Sergei (1891-1953) ‘Peter’s theme’ from Peter and the Wolf 20th century
PROKOFIEV, Sergei (1891-1953) ‘Dance of the Knights’ from Romeo and Juliet 20th century
PROKOFIEV, Sergei (1891-1953) ‘Troika’ from Lieutenant Kijé 20th century
PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924) ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot 20th century
PURCELL, Henry (1659-1695) ‘Dido’s Lament’ from Dido and Aeneas Baroque
RACHMANINOV, Sergei (1873-1943) Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, 1st movt Romantic
RAVEL, Maurice (1875-1937) Boléro 20th century
REICH, Steve (1936-) Six Pianos (the composer is one of the performers) 20th century
RIMSKY KORSAKOV, Nikolai (1844-1908) Flight of the Bumble Bee Romantic
RIMSKY KORSAKOV, Nikolai (1844-1908) Scheherazade, 2nd movement Romantic
RODRIGO, Joaquín (1901-1999) Concierto de Aranjuez, 2nd movt 20th century
ROSSINI, Gioachino (1792-1868)  William Tell, Overture Classical
RUTTER, John (1945-) Shepherd’s Pipe Carol 20th century
SAINT-SAENS, Camille (1835-1921) ‘Aquarium’ from Carnival of the Animals Romantic
SAINT-SAENS, Camille (1835-1921) Danse Macabre   Romantic
SCHUBERT, Franz (1797-1828) ‘The Trout’ from Piano Quintet in A major Classical
SCHUBERT, Franz (1797-1828) Marche Militaire   Classical
SCHUMANN, Clara (1819-1896) Andante Molto from Romances for violin and piano Romantic
SCHUMANN, Robert (1810-1856) ‘About foreign lands and people’ from Kinderszenen Romantic
SHOSTAKOVICH, Dmitri (1906-1975) ‘Waltz’ from Jazz Suite No.2 20th century
SHOSTAKOVICH, Dmitri (1906-1975) Symphony No. 5, 4th movement   20th century
SIBELIUS, Jean (1865-1957) Intermezzo from Karelia Suite Romantic
SOUSA, John Philip (1854-1932) Liberty Bell   Romantic
STRAUSS II, Johann (1825-1899) By the Beautiful Danube   Romantic
STRAUSS, Richard (1864-1949) Also Sprach Zarathustra, ‘Sunrise’ Romantic
STRAVINSKY, Igor (1882-1971) ‘Russian Dance’ from Petrushka 20th century
TALLIS, Thomas (1505-1585) If ye love me   Renais-sance
TAVENER, John (1944-2013) The Lamb 20th century
TCHAIKOVSKY, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893) 1812 Overture Romantic
TCHAIKOVSKY, Pyotr Ilyich (1840-1893) ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutcracker Romantic
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Ralph (1872-1958) Fantasia on Greensleeves 20th century
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Ralph (1872-1958) The Lark Ascending 20th century
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Ralph (1872-1958) The Wasps, Overture 20th century
VERDI, Giuseppe (1813-1901) Grand March from Aida Romantic
VERDI, Giuseppe (1813-1901) ‘La Donna è Mobile’ from Rigoletto Romantic
VIVALDI, Antonio (1678-1741) Gloria, ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’ Baroque
VIVALDI, Antonio (1678-1741) Winter from Four Seasons Baroque
WAGNER, Richard (1813-1883) Ride of the Valkyries, Die Walküre Romantic
WARLOCK, Peter (1894-1930) Mattachins from Capriol Suite 20th century
WIDOR, Charles-Marie (1844-1937) Organ Symphony No. 5, Toccata   Romantic