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Animals in Music - Music by Beethoven, Delius, Grieg, Martinu, Messiaen, Mussorgsky, et al.

Audio Samples

  1. The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite: I. Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Organ Concerto No. 13 in F Major, HWV 295, "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale": II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 4, Little bird $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells (Arr. P. Breiner for orchestra) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Průvod koček v noci slunovratu (Procession of the Cats on Solstice Night), H. 122 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8, RV 269, "Spring": II. Largo e pianissimo sempre $0.99 on iTunes
  7. 25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 8, Grisen (The Pig) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. 25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 12, Solfager og ormekongen (Solfager and the Snake King) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. 25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 17, Kleggen og Fluga (The Horsefly and the Fly) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. 25 Norwegian Folksongs and Dances, Op. 17: No. 22, Kulok (Cow Call) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Haren og reven (The Hare and the Fox) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. 2 Pieces for Small Orchestra: No. 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Le Boeuf sur le toit (The ox on the roof), Op. 58 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, "Die Forelle" (The Trout): IV. Thema with Variations. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: The Bird $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: The Duck $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67: The Wolf swallows the Duck $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: Flight of the Bumblebee $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral": II. Scene by the brook. Andante molto mosso
  20. The Lark Ascending
  21. Favole: No. 3, The Ant and the Grasshopper $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Lyric Pieces, Book 3, Op. 43: No. 1, Butterfly $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Divertimento in F Major, K. 522, "Ein musikalischer Spass" (A Musical Joke): IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22: II. The Swan of Tuonela $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Flute Concerto in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, RV 428, "Il cardellino": I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Carnival of the Animals: I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Carnival of the Animals: II. Hens and Cockerels $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Carnival of the Animals: III. Wild Asses $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Carnival of the Animals: IV. Tortoises $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Carnival of the Animals: V. The Elephant $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Carnival of the Animals: VI. Kangaroos $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Carnival of the Animals: VIII. People with Long Ears $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Carnival of the Animals: IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Carnival of the Animals: X. Aviary $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Carnival of the Animals: XI. Pianists $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Carnival of the Animals: XII. Fossils $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Carnival of the Animals: XIV. Finale $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Wasps
>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 13 in F major, HWV 295 "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale"
>Grieg, Edvard : Vöglein (Little Bird), lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/4
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Foxtrot narozeny "na Ruzku" (Foxtrot Born "At the Corner"), for piano, H. 122
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto no 1 in E major "La primavera", RV 269
>Grieg, Edvard : Grisen (The Pig), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/8
>Grieg, Edvard : Solfager og Ormekongen (Solfager and the Snake-King), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/12
>Grieg, Edvard : Kleggen og fluga (The Gadfly and the Fly), for piano in A minor, Op. 17/17
>Grieg, Edvard : So lokka me over den myra (Cow Call), for piano in G major, Op. 17/22
>Grieg, Edvard : Rabnabryllaup i Kråkalund (The Raven's Wedding in Kraakalund), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/25
>Saeverud, Harald : Haren og reven (The Hare and the Fox), for piano
>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
>Milhaud, Darius : Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
>Schubert, Franz : Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114, D. 667 "Die Forelle" (The Trout)
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67
>MessiaenOlivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds)
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>MessiaenOlivier : Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Brusa, Elisabetta : Favole
>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento in F major, K. 522 "Ein musikalischer Spass" (A Musical Joke)
>Poulenc, Francis : L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant
>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3, RV 428 "Il cardellino" (The Goldfinch)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
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Notes & Reviews:

- Through the centuries composers have brought colour and panache to bear in their depictions of animals in music. - For some, such as Sibelius, animals become the central focus in their tone poems, whilst for others a symphonic unity is sought, as Beethoven showed in his 'Pastoral' Symphony. - Poetic imagery, through song, offers another avenue. The rich variety of the animal kingdom - from bees to birds, from fleas to fish (and much else) - offers memorable opportunities for sonic richness. - Highlights are included from Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, Mozart's 'A Musical Joke,' Schubert's 'Trout' Quintet, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Grieg's Lyric Pieces, and much more.



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Wasps :: Overture
  • Conductor: Kees Bakels
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Handel, George Frideric : Organ Concerto no 13 in F major, HWV 295 "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale" :: 2. Allegro
  • Performer: John Artore (Organ)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1739.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1739

>Grieg, Edvard : Vöglein (Little Bird), lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/4
  • Performer: Balazs Szkolay (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Pictures at an Exhibition :: 5. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells
  • Conductor: Peter Breiner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874-1922

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Foxtrot narozeny "na Ruzku" (Foxtrot Born "At the Corner"), for piano, H. 122
  • Performer: Giorgio Koukl (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto no 1 in E major "La primavera", RV 269 :: 2. Largo e pianissimo sempre
  • Performer: Takako Nishizaki (Violin)
  • Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Grieg, Edvard : Grisen (The Pig), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/8
  • Performer: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Grieg, Edvard : Solfager og Ormekongen (Solfager and the Snake-King), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/12
  • Performer: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Grieg, Edvard : Kleggen og fluga (The Gadfly and the Fly), for piano in A minor, Op. 17/17
  • Performer: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Grieg, Edvard : So lokka me over den myra (Cow Call), for piano in G major, Op. 17/22
  • Performer: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Grieg, Edvard : Rabnabryllaup i Kråkalund (The Raven's Wedding in Kraakalund), for piano in G minor, Op. 17/25
  • Performer: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Saeverud, Harald : Haren og reven (The Hare and the Fox), for piano
  • Performer: Einar Steen-Nokleberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Notes: Composition written: 1912.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1912

>Milhaud, Darius : Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58
  • Conductor: Jean-Claude Casadesus
  • Running Time: 16 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1919

>Schubert, Franz : Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114, D. 667 "Die Forelle" (The Trout) :: 4. Theme with Variations
  • Performers: Jenö Jandó (Piano); Istvan Toth (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1819

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 :: 2. The Bird
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 :: 3. The Duck
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 :: 11. The Wolf Swallows the Duck
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>MessiaenOlivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds) :: Book 1. 2. Le Loriot (Golden Oriole)
  • Performer: Hakon Austbo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1958

>MessiaenOlivier : Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds) :: Book 3. 5. La Chouette Hulotte (Tawny Owl)
  • Performer: Hakon Austbo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1958

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Flight of the Bumblebee
  • Conductor: Anthony Bramall
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" :: 2. Scene by the brook
  • Conductor: Michael Halász
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>MessiaenOlivier : Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds) :: 1. Le rouge-gorge (Robin)
  • Performer: Hakon Austbo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>MessiaenOlivier : Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Sketches of Birds) :: 2. Le merle-noir (Blackbird)
  • Performer: Hakon Austbo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: David Greed (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
  • Running Time: 15 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Brusa, Elisabetta : Favole :: 3. The Ant and the Grasshopper
  • Conductor: Fabio Mastrangelo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Grieg, Edvard : Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43
  • Performer: Balazs Szkolay (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Divertimento in F major, K. 522 "Ein musikalischer Spass" (A Musical Joke) :: 4. Presto
  • Performer: Jenö Keveházi (Horn)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Poulenc, Francis : L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant :: [Excerpt]
  • Performer: Alexandre Tharaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1945

>Sibelius, Jean : The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite no 3), Op. 22/3
  • Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1893

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Flute in D major, Op. 10 no 3, RV 428 "Il cardellino" (The Goldfinch) :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Jirí Válek (Flute)
  • Conductor: Jaroslav Krcek
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1729

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Carnival of the animals
  • Conductor: Ondrej Lenárd
  • Running Time: 20 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886