Sergei Rachmaninov 

1 April 1873  - 28  March 1943 


‘Rachmaninoff’ is said like Rack-man-ni-noff.’Sergei’ is said like ‘Sir-gay’. 


Listen to Vladimir Horowitz performing the 1 st movement of Piano Concerto NO. 3 (until the return of the main theme)


Listen to Italian Polka, piano duet( 1 piano ,4 hands)

â��Read the composer's biography  and answer the 3 following questions

1. Name another famous Russian composer who has become Rachmaninov's mentor?
2. Name some well known compositions by Rachmaninov.
3.Describe Rachmaninov's life in the USA

Aaron Copland

November 14, 1900 – December 2, 1990


Listen to The Cat and The Mouse

Listen to Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring Suit wsorwatch?v=FW-t9Lqa1rE

Read Copland's Biography here and answer 3 following questions:

1. Describe the significance of Copland's trip to Paris, France.

2. In your own words, describe the contribution that Copland made to American music.

3. Name Copland's most well known compositions.



Domenico Scarlatti


Domenico Scarlatti picture, image, poster

Listen to Sonata in D minor K141 

Watch this scene from the movie where 2 famous composers compete against each other. What do you notice about this competition? the structure of the piece? do you think they improvise? what are the instruments that they play on? Write down your observations on the 2nd  listening sheet.


Read Scarlatti's Biography and answer 3 following questions in the comments area of your listening sheet. 

1.Name 2 countries which are prominent in Scarlatti's life.  Describe the importance of each.

2.Name another famous  Baroque composer who Scarlatti became friends with and shared his birth year( along with J.S. Bach).

3.What genre of music Scarlattii is most famous for?



John Cage

September 5, 1912 - August 12, 1992


Listen to Child of Tree

Water Walk, from 2'' and up

Please note that this will not be a traditional listening assignment as many musical terms simply do not apply here. Instead I would like to hear students thoughts on these pieces, please record your findings in the comments area of your assignment sheet. Young students, by all means, draw pictures!

1. Is this music?

2.Can you find some structure in this compositions? if yes, how does the composer organize these pieces( order of the instruments, timing?)

3. If you were asked to create a similar composition, what instruments( objects) would you use and how would you name your piece? How would you choose to structure your composition?

4. Define music from John Cage's point of view.

Read John Cage's biography here and be prepared to talk about 4'33''






Claude Debussy(22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918)




Listen to

Claire de Lune ("Moonlight") ( originally written for piano)

Golliwogg's Cakewalk from Children's Corner originally written for piano)

Read Debussy's Biography here and answer 3 following questions in the comments area of your listening sheet:

1. What country was Debussy born in?

2.What period of music history "begins" with Debussy?

3. Name the art movement that originated in 19 century in France which is associated with Debussy's music. Name at least 3 artists( painters) that belong to this movement( you may have to Google it).




Edward Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907)

Listen to 

Solveig's Song from Peer Gynt Suite

Piano Concerto #1, 1st mvmt,  up to 7'

Read Grieg's biography here and answer 3 following questions in the comments area of your assignment sheet:

1. What country was Grieg born in?

2. What era of Music History does Grieg's music belong to?

3. Name Grieg's most well known compositions.



Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (7 May 1840 – 6 November 1893) 


Listen to

Scene from "The Swan Lake", act 2

Piano Concerto #1, 1st movement, up to 4'30"

â��Read the composer's biography here and answer 3 following questions in the comments area of your assignment sheet.

1. Name  Tchaikovsky's 3 famous ballets( you may have to google it)

2. What Music History Period does Tchaikovsky's music belong too?

3. What is the name of the famous concert hall in New York that Tchaikovsky was invited to conduct during the opening ceremony?



Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953)

Listen to

Piano Concerto #1, First movement ( up to 4')

The Montegues and The Capulets(also known as The Dance of the Knights) from ballet Romeo and Juliet (up to 2')

Read Prokofiev's biography( optional for younger students this time) and write down  the answers to these 3 questions( in the comments area)

1. What country Prokofiev was born in?

2. Name at least 2 each of his most famous operas and ballets.

3. What  period of Music History does  Prokofiev's music belong to (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern)?






Antonio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741)

Listen to

Gloria, 1st movement (up to 2'20")

The Four Seasons, Winter, 2nd movement

 Read VIvaldi's  biography here and be prepared to answer 3 questions:

1. In what country and city did Vivaldi spend the most of his life?

2. Where did Vivaldi work in his home town?

3. What is the composer's most famous composition?