Our Music Themes

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Every night, my son and I conclude our Stories and Studies hour with the listening of three pieces of music.  Usually, but not always, classical.

Here is a listing of the music themes I have blogged about since July 2014.   To read a few short lines of well-written bewitching information about each of the compositions, click on the magnifying glass icon (near the bottom of the blog title-block) and type the blog post title (shown below in quotation marks and italics) into the search bar.

Happy Listening! – Jane BH

Music Themes – Post Titles

All Aboard – from “All Hail the Engineer”

  • Take the “A” Train – Billy Strayhorn
  • The Little Train of the Caipira – Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • Orange Blossom Special – E. and G. Rouse

The Anvil as Musical Instrument – from “26 Candles”

  • The Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore) – Giuseppe Verdi
  • The Feuerfest Polka – Josef Strauss
  • Heigh Ho (Disney’s Snow White) – Frank Churchill and Larry Morey

Art set to music: Checkered House, by Grandma Moses – from “Good Books, Bad Books”

  • Over the River and Through the Wood – Lydia Maria Child
  • Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
  • Carol of the Animals – Robert Davis

Art set to music:  Pirate Chief, by Howard Pyle – from “Fly By”

  • The Maid of Amsterdam – traditional sea chanty
  • Overture to The Flying Dutchman – Wagner
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Suite – Klaus Badelt

Art set to music:  The Clipper Ship, by Currier and Ives – from “Garden Par-tay”

  • Sea Songs – Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Overture to H.M.S. Pinafore – Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Over the Waves – Juventino Rosas

Art set to music:  The Fall of the Cowboy, by Remington – from “Answers for Everything”

  • Thanksgiving – George Winston
  • Hoedown – Aaron Copland
  • Back Home Again – John Denver

Back to School – from “It it’s August”

  • Flight of the Bumblebee – Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Entry of the Gladiators – Julius Fucik
  • Song of the Volga Boatmen – traditional

Barbershop Quartets – from “The Cliffs Notes Version”

  • Sincere – Meredith Willson
  • Mr. Sandman – Pat Ballard

Benjamin Franklin in France – from “It’s a Date!”

  • Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio – Mozart
  • The Coffee Cantata – JS Bach
  • Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor (Farewell Symphony) – Haydn

Black History Month Selections – from “Conversation Circle”

  • Maple Leaf Rag – Scott Joplin
  • The American Scene:  The Southwest – William Grant Still
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Duke Ellington

Blue Days – from “Something Blue”

  • Blue Skies – Irving Berlin
  • Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson
  • The Blue Danube Waltz – Strauss

Blue Moon Tunes – from “Second Time Around”

  • Moonlight Serenade – Glenn Miller
  • Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy

Brandenburg Concerto Sampling – from “The “C” Side”

  • Concerto No. 2 (trumpet) – Bach
  • Concerto No. 3 (no specifically designated soloist) – Bach
  • Concerto No. 5 (harpsichord) – Bach

Brazil, thinking about – from “Tick, Tick, Tick”

  • exploring “The Little Train of Caipira” – Heitor Villa-Lobos

The Cambrian Explosion – from “In Which We Learn about the Cambrian Explosion”

  • Simple Gifts – Joseph Brackett
  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams – Van Heusen/Burke
  • 1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky

Chicken Coop Melodies – from “Farm Fresh”

  • Symphony No. 83 in G minor (The Hen) – Haydn
  • The Hen – Respighi
  • Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little – Meredith Willson
  • Chicken Reel – Joseph M. Daly/Leroy Anderson

Chopin Treats – from “Le Menu du Jour”

  • Grande Valse Brilliante – Frederic Chopin
  • The Funeral March – Frederic Chopin
  • The Minute Waltz – Frederic Chopin

Circus Music Classics – from “We’re in A+ Book Territory”

  • Entry of the Gladiators – Julius Fucik
  • Sabre Dance – Aram Khachaturian
  • The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze – Lyle and Lee

Classical Broadway – from “Desperately Seeking Ganesha”

  • Rosemary – Frank Loesser
  • Piano Concerto in A minor – Edvard Grieg
  • Baby Face – Akst/Davis
  • Hallelujah Chorus – Handel
  • Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina – Rice/Weber
  • Violin Concerto in D minor – Brahms

The Crescendo – from “Swell”

  • Serenade – Franz Schubert
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt, Suite 1) – Edvard Grieg
  • Mars (from The Planets) – Gustav Holst

Cuckoo for Music – from “Things that go Bump in the Night”

  • Organ Concerto No. 13 in F major (The Cuckoo and the Hen) – Handel
  • Symphony No. 6 in F major (The Pastoral) – Beethoven
  • The Cuckoo – Respighi

Dealer’s Choice (my son selects 3 from a list of 10) – from “2016:  Gone, but not forgotten”

  • Banjoland Buffoonery – Grant Kirkhope
  • Persian March – Johann Strauss II
  • Sailing By – Ronald Binge

Dealer’s Choice (my son selects 3 from a list of 10) – from “Starry Eyed”

  • The William Tell Overture – Rossini
  • The Cuckoo – Respighi
  • Mambo – Leonard Bernstein

Dental Procedures, music for – from “Messenger Service”

  • Symphony No. 6 in F major – Beethoven
  • The Barcarolle – Jacques Offenbach
  • The Moldau – Bedrich Smetana

The Doldrums – from “Going Nowhere Fast”

  • Sea Songs – Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • We Sail the Ocean Blue – Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Sailing By – Ronald Binge

Duets! – from “Sap Happy”

  • The Flower Duet – Leo Delibes
  • Si Fino All’ore Estreme – Bellini
  • People Will Say We’re in Love – Rogers and Hammerstein

Einstein and his Violin – from “Brainiac”

  • Violin Serenade No. 6 – Mozart
  • Violin Serenade No. 13 (Eine Kleine Machtmusik) – Mozart
  • Violi sonata No. 26 in B-flat major – Mozart

Elephants! – from “The Larger Picture”

  • Baby Elephant Walk – Henry Mancini
  • Pink Elephants on Parade – Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington
  • The Elephant (Carnival of the Animals) – Camille Saint Saens

Exotic Lands – from “That’s Gotta Hurt”

  • Scheherazade – Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Overture to The Abduction fro the Seraglio – Mozart
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

Fairy Tales – from “The Last Dog’s Tail”

  • Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky
  • Cinderella’s Waltz – Prokofiev
  • The Children’s Prayer (Hansel and Gretel) – Engelbert Humperdinck

Fanfare for the Water Bear – from “A Fanfare for the Water Bear”

  • Water Music – Handel
  • The Aquarium – Saint-Saens
  • The Wild Bears – Sir Edward Elgar

Franz Schubert Night – from “Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?”

  • Serenade – Schubert
  • Ave Maria – Schubert
  • March Militaire – Schubert

French Composers – from “A Test of Faith”

  • The Infernal Galop (the Can-Can) – Jacques Offenbach
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy
  • March of the Toreadors – Bizet

The French Horn – from “Working for Peanuts”

  • Water Music – Handel
  • Venus – Gustav Holst
  • Pavane for a Dead Princess – Maurice Ravel

Fun Music Only – from “Inventors Invent”

  • Dance of the Hours – Amilcare Ponchielli
  • Chicken Reel – Leroy Anderson
  • The Pink Panther – Henry Mancini

Good Shepherd – from “The Rattlesnake Sermon”

  • Sheep May Safely Graze – JS Bach
  • He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd – Handel
  • Tender Shepherd – Charlap/Leigh

Groundhog Day – from “Rodent Rage”

  • Winter – Vivaldi
  • Waltz of the Snowflakes – Tchaikovsky
  • Symphony No. 6 in F major (The Pastoral) – Beethoven
  • Put on a Happy Face – Strouse/Adams

Gustav, Gustave, and Gustavo – from “Club Gustav”

  • Symphony No. 2 in C minor, movement III – Gustav Mahler
  • Mercury (The Planets) – Gustav Holst
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile (Disney’s Peter Pan) – Frank Churchill and Jack Lawrence

Habitats – from “Quandary”

  • The Amazon Rain Forest:  The Aviary (Carnival of the Animals) – Camille Saint-Saens
  • The Great Barrier Reef:  The Aquarium (Carnival of the Animals) – Camille Saint-Saens
  • The Black Forest:  Hansel and Gretel Evening Prayer – Englebert Humperdinck
  • The Chihuahuan Desert:  From the New World Symphony, largo movement – Antonin Dvorak
  • The Himalayan Mountains:  Approaching the Summit – John Williams

Halloween, scary music for – from “Back in the Saddle Again”

  • Dance Macabre – Saint-Saens
  • Mars – Gustav Holst
  • Masquerade – Khachaturian

Harp Music of the Angels – from “Sunday School”

  • Harp Concerto in B-flat major – Handel
  • Harp Concerto in A major – Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
  • Concerto for Flut and Harp – Mozart

The Hungarian March, 3 Ways – from “Travelogue”

  • Hungarian March – Berlioz
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 – Liszt
  • Hungarian Dance No. 19 – Brahms

Hymns:  three from one – from “Riveting”

  • Ave Maria – Jacques Arcadelt
  • Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Organ Symphony) – Saint-Saens
  • Finlandia Hymn – Sibelius

Inventions for Inventions – from “Lights!  Camera!  Edison!”

  • Invention No. 6 in E major – JS Bach
  • Invention No. 8 in F major – JS Bach
  • Invention No. 13 in A minor – JS Bach

Jingling Bells – from “So Cool”

  • German Dance No. 3 in C – Mozart
  • Troika – Sergei Prokofiev
  • Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson

A Hissy Fit – from “Looking North

  • Dance of the Seven Veils – Richard Strauss
  • Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson
  • Some Enchanted Evening – Rogers and Hammerstein

Insects – from “We’ll take that with a side of music”

  • Spring, from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
  • Fireflies – Amy Beach
  • La Cucaracha – composer unknown

Lights Outfrom “Finishing Touches”

  • The Dove, from The Birds – Respighi
  • Out of Africa Theme – John Barry
  • Nimrod, from Enigma Variations – Elgat

London Busses – from “Late Bloomer”

  • Jupiter – Gustav Holst
  • Pomp and Circumstance – Sir Edward Elgar
  • Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Overture to H.M.S. Pinafore – Gilbert and Sullivan

Luring new classical listeners – from “Meanwhile…”

  • Mars (The Planets) – Gustav Holst
  • The Radetzky March – Johann Strauss, Sr
  • Masquerade – Aram Khachaturian

March Madness – from “Ranch Report”

  • Colonel Bogey March – Lieutenant F.J. Ricketts
  • The Imperial March – John Williams

March’s Marches – from “Wordery”

  • The Redetzky March – Johann Strauss, senior
  • March of the Siamese Children – Richard Rogers
  • The Washington Post March – John Philip Sousa

Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – from “Flying, Farming, and Felix”

  • Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn
  • The Wedding March – Mendelssohn

Michelangelo’s Rome – from “One Sculptor, One Scoundrel”

  • The Pines of Rome – Respighi
  • Palladio for String Orchestra – Karl Jenkins
  • Symphony No. 4 in A major (The Italian) – Mendelssohn

Minor Key Music – from “Miners and Minors”

  • The Hebrides Overture – Mendelssohn
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King – Edvard Grieg
  • Ride of the Valkyries – Wagner

Minuet in G to the Power of 3 – from “Hendecasyllable”

  • Minuet in G – Mozart
  • Minuet in G – Beethoven
  • Minuet in G – JS Bach

Mount Vesuvius – from “Mounting Interest”

  • Funiculi Funicular – Luigi Denza
  • Aus Italien – Richard Strauss
  • Neapolitan Song – Rimsky-Korsakov

Music to Soothe – from “Music to Soothe”

  • Mass in D minor, motet – Anton Bruchner
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – JS Bach
  • Simple Gifts – Joseph Brackett

Negro Spirituals – from “Heavenly”

  • Down by the Riverside – traditional
  • Wade in the Water – traditional
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – traditional

Nocturnes – from “Zootique”

  • Nocturne No. 2 – Chopin
  • Nocturne No. 3 – Liszt
  • Harlem Nocturne – Earl Hagen

The Oboe – from “Music Mechanics”

  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
  • Swan Lake, final scene – Tchaikovsky
  • Le Tombeau de Couperin – Ravel

Ocean Themes – from “Sea Hunt”

  • The Aquarium, from The Carnival of the Animals – Saint-Saens
  • Jeux de Vagues, from La Mer – Debussy
  • Over the Waves – Juventino Rosas

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – from “Curses and Cheers”

  • La Cambiale de matrimonio – Gioachino Rossini
  • Le Tombeau de Couperin – Maurice Ravel

Overtures – from “Takes a Lickin’ and Keeps on Tickin'”

  • Overture from H.M.S. Pinafore – Gilbert and Sullivan
  • Overture from Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn
  • Overture from The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart

Paris Tribute – from “A Ghost by any other Name”

  • The Swan – Saint-Saens
  • Carillon – Bizet
  • La Vie en Rose – Edith Piaf

Parodies – from “Old Business”

  • Dance of the Hours – Amilcare Ponchielli
  • Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – Allan Sherman
  • Hungarian Dance No. 5 – Johannas Brahms
  • Hungarian Goulash No. 5 – Allan Sherman
  • Country Garden – Percy Grainger
  • Here’s to the Crabgrass – Allan Sherman

Pizzicato! – from “The Price is Wrong”

  • Divertissement:  Pizzicati – Leo Delibes
  • Symphony 4 in F minor – Tchaikovsky
  • Anitra’s Dance – Edvard Grieg

The Presidents’ Music – from “The Liberace Instigation”

  • classical pieces composed during each administration

Ralph Vaughan Williams and the English Countryside – from “Shout Outs!”

  • The Lark Ascending
  • Sea Songs
  • English Folk Song Suite

The Recorder – from “Well Played”

  • Sopranino Recorder Concerto in C major – Vivaldi
  • Ode to Joy – Beethoven
  • Greensleeves – traditional

Regrets – from “Talking in Circles”

  • Adagio in G minor for Strings and Orchestra – Tomaso Albinoni
  • Serenade – Franz Schubert
  • Symphony No. 3 in F major, movement III – Johannas Brahms

Rounds, Canons, and Fugues – from “Whale Fall and other Water Wonders”

  • Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
  • Fugue in G minor – JS Bach
  • Fugue for Tinhorns – Frank Loesser

The Sad Song Scale – from “Two Different Worlds”

  • Symphony No. 3 in F major – Brahms
  • What’ll I Do? – Irving Berlin
  • Serenade – Schubert

Saint Patrick’s Day – from “The Business of March”

  • Toora Loora Looral – James Royce Shannon
  • The Irish Washerwoman – traditional/Leroy Anderson
  • Danny Boy – Frederic Weatherly

The Saxophone – from “Salient”

  • Harlem Nocturne – Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers
  • Theme from The Pink Panther – Henry Mancini
  • Prologue to West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein

Short and Sweet – from “The 11th Hour”

  • Minute Waltz (Waltz in D-flat major) – Chopin
  • Scottish Fantasy, movement 1 – Max Bruch
  • The Lord Bless You and Keep You – Peter Lutkin

Shrill Thrills! (the piccolo) – from “Jams and Jellyfish”

  • Chinese Dance (Nutcracker) – Tchaikovsky
  • Triton Fountain in the Morning – Respighi
  • Stars and Stripes Forever – Sousa

Soothing Music – from “Music to Soothe”

  • Mass in D minor, motet – Bruchner
  • Sheep May Safely Graze – JS Bach
  • Simple Gifts – Joseph Brackett

The Snare Drum – from “It’s All Fun!”

  • Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson
  • Scotland the Brave – traditional
  • Bolero – Maurice Ravel

Strauss Family, the splendidly gifted – from “780 Pairs of Saddle Shoes”

  • Radetzky March – Johann Strauss, senior
  • Feuerfest Polka – Joseph Strauss
  • Thunder and Lightning Polka – Johann Strauss, junior

String Quartets – from “We the People”

  • String Quartet in B-flat major (La Chasse) – Haydn
  • String Quartet No. 2 in D major – Borodin
  • Cantina Band (performed as a string quartet) – John Williams

Suite Music of Respighi – from “The Sweet Life”

  • The Dove (The Birds)
  • The Hen (The Birds)
  • The Cuckoo (The Birds

Summertime – from “Barely Scraping By”

  • Summer – Vivaldi
  • Fireflies – Amy Beach
  • Summertime – George and Ira Gershwin
  • In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Sunday Night Music – from “How We Write”

  • How Great Thou Art – Carl Gustav Boberg
  • Turn!  Turn!  Turn! – Pete Seeger/Book of Ecclesiastes
  • Let us Cheer the Weary Traveler – Nathaniel Dett

Surprise Endings – from “Bringing Handwriting up to Scratch”

  • The Wild Bears – Sir Edward Elgar
  • The Moldau – Bedrich Smetana
  • The Imperial March – John Williams

Tambourines! – from “Peace, Love, and Tambourines”

  • Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
  • Tarantella – Rossini/Respighi
  • Russian Dance (Nutcracker) – Tchaikovsky

Tango-ology – from “What We Want”

  • Por una Cabeza – Le Pera and Gardel
  • Hernando’s Hideaway (The Pajama Game) – Adler and Ross
  • Blue Tango – Leroy Anderson
  • The Doc Martin Theme – Colin Towns

Tea Time – from “Textbooks – if we ruled the world”

  • Tea for Two – Youmans and Caesar
  • Tea for Two (Tahiti Trot) – Shostakovich
  • Tea for Two – Art Tatum

Things in the Sky – from “Snakes and Pirates”

  • Fireflies – Amy Beach
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy
  • Mercury – Gustav Holst

The Timpani – from “One Thing Leads to Another”

  • Dance of the Seven Veils – Richard Strauss
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra – Richard Strauss
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Suite – Klaus Badelt

Trains – from “Posting about Posters”

  • The Little Train of Caipira – Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • The Steam Engine – Patrick Doyle
  • Take the A Train – Duke Ellington

The Triangle – from “It’s All about the Triangle”

  • Turkish March – Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 4 in E minor, movement III – Brahms
  • Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini

Tribute:  music for a beloved grandfather – from “Imagine That”

  • Fight for California – McCoy/Fitch
  • The Army Song – Sousa/Arberg
  • Ashokan Farewell – Jay Ungar

Van Cliburn recordings – from “Foxtrot-Uniform-November”

  • Winter Wind – Chopin
  • Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini – Rachmaninoff
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat major – Tchaikovsky

The Vatican, background music for – from “Holy Zucchetto”

  • Gregorian Chants – traditional
  • Gloria in Excelsis Deo – Vivaldi
  • Locus Iste – Bruchner

The Violin Voice – from “April, at last”

  • String Quartet No. 2 in D – Alexander Borodin
  • Scottish Fantasy, movement 1 – Max Bruch
  • Song to the Moon (Rusalka) – Antonin Dvorak

Virtuoso Night:  Stanley Drucker – from “Affordable Housing Forever”

  • Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor – Brahms
  • Appalachian Spring – Aaron Copland
  • Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin

Virtuoso Night:  Sir James Galway – from “Thousands and Thousands”

  • Concerto for Flute and Harp – Mozart
  • I Saw Three Ships – traditional
  • Flight of the Bumblebee – Rimsky-Korsakov

Virtuoso Night:  Wynton Marsalis – from “Novel Ideas”

  • Concerto in E-flat major for Trumpet – Haydn
  • Moto Perpetuo – Paganini
  • The Prince of Denmark March (Trumpet Voluntary) – Jeremiah Clark

Virtuoso Night:  Itzhak Perlman – from “Insert Clever Title Here”

  • Humoresque – Dvorak
  • Out of Africa, title music – John Barry
  • Violin Concerto in E minor – Mendelssohn

Waltzing with Tchaikovsky – from “Case in Point:  Ibn Battuta”

  • Serenade for Strings – Tchaikovsky
  • Swan Lake Waltz, Act II – Tchaikovsky
  • Eugene Onegin, Polonaise – Tchaikovsky

Weddings – from “A good, good, good day”

  • The Prince of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke
  • Wedding Day at Troldhaugen – Edvard Grieg
  • Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn

While Pirates Looted – from “The Vocabulary of Vocabulary”

  • Gloria in Excelsis Deo – Vivaldi
  • Invention No. 13 in A minor – Bach
  • Alla Hornpipe (Water Music) – Handel

Wild West Music – from “Rootin’ Tootin'”

  • Hoedown (from “Rodeo”) – Aaron Copland
  • Theme from “Bonanza” – David Rose and Billy May
  • Theme from “The Magnificent Seven” – Elmer Bernstein

Wistfulness – from “Finish the Poem”

  • Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, love theme – Tchaikovsky
  • Ashokan Farewell – Jay Ungar
  • What’ll I Do – Irving Berlin

Worker Bees, a soundtrack for – from “Bee Plus!”

  • Moto Perpetuo – Paganini
  • The Pizzicato – Leo Delibes
  • Flight of the Bumblebee – Rimsky-Korsakov

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