- GENERAL MUSIC RESOURCES
- LISTENING RESOURCES
On this page you will find some suggested listening proposed by tutors and member of the Sistema team, along with a number of links to websites that offer a range of listening. Previous staff selections are available through links at the bottom of the page.
Selection by MARCOS GARRIDO (Brass tutor, Sistema in Norwich) - TRAVELLING WITH SOUNDS
(Marcos left the Sistema Team in January to take up a post with Suffolk Music Service. Before he left we asked him to do a listening resources selection for us.)
One of the best things about music is that it can take you to all sorts of different places without leaving your room. It would be impossible for me to make a desert island list of such a thing as my top classical pieces since there are simply just too many great composers and works, and that is not counting all the ones I still have to listen to! However, here comes a selection of four pieces which for several reasons have a special meaning for me and I have no doubt will have a strong impact on others as well.
A Londoner in New York, by Jim Parker
The first piece I have chosen, as it could not be in other way of course, is written for brass ensemble. It´s called A Londoner in New York by the British composer Jim Parker. This is a suite in five different movements, each one of them reflecting the composer's impressions of the crazy American city. Here is the link of the forth movement Gran Centralplayed by the legendary Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. I listened to this recently in a socially distanced concert and had a whale of a time seeing the faces of the audience till they finally discovered that the steam locomotive effects where made by whistling though the brass instruments!
Romanza, by Salvador Bacarisse
Talking about nostalgia I had to pick of course a Spanish piece. Everybody knows the arch famous Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. But no less moving is this other rare guitar concerto, I am about to suggest. I listened to this music for the first time many years ago in the sound track of a film I was randomly watching on TV after dinner and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately the name of the piece was not mentioned anywere and I even forgot the title of the film. Luckily for me, somebody was once giving me a lift in Norwich and they happened to put this on Radio 3. I recognised the tune inmediately and almost in a rude way I asked the driver to be quiet so I could listen carefully to the radio presenter and jot down the name of the piece and the composer. This is the Romance of the Concierto para Guitarra by the Spanish composer Salvador Bacarisse.
Symphony No. 1, by Edward Elgar
We come back now to the UK, and among all its greater composers I could choose no other than Sir Edward Elgar. I did not discover this piece till some months ago during the first lock down. But I was immediatly taken a back by the extremely beautiful and majestic beginning of his Symphony no 1 in A Flat Major. I think if I ever leave this country all I will have to do is close my eyes and by listening to this piece the flavor of tea and the beautiful Edwardian architecture will be back to me right away.
Scheherazade, by Rimsky-Korsakov
Finally we are going to travel far east to Russia. But to me this is also a trip back in time, since this was one of the first great pieces of classical music that I ever came across as a child. Nicolai Rimsky Korsakov, like many other romatic artists, was fascinated by the magic and legends of Al–Andalus, which was the name given to the part of Spain I come from under the moors rule. In this piece, the beautiful Sherezade, featured by the violin, introduces us to several of the thrilling tales of the One Thousand and One Nights. She starts with The Sea and Sinbad's Ship. However, as it happened to me, I have no doubt that this music will captivate your imagination from minute one and you will end up accompanying Sinbad during his whole trip!
Great YouTube channel for being introduced to a range of pieces from the classical canon.
Playlist from the London Philharmonic Orchestra of what they consider to be the 50 greatest classical tunes.
The Musical Instrument Museum's YouTube channel has lots of videos of music and instruments from around the world.
A YouTube playlist of cartoons that feature classical music that has been put together by an American radio station.