ABRSM launches 'Classical 100' initiative

New scheme to interest primary school children in classical music launched

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First came the BBC’s Ten Pieces scheme. Now, the ABRSM has announced its initiative aimed at introducing primary school children in England to classical music.

Launched today (2 November), the ABRSM’s ‘Classical 100’ is an online resource based on a list of 100 works that the organisation – which runs music exams in the UK – believes are ideal for sparking an interest in children aged five to 11 and then inspiring them to investigate further.

Covering nearly ten centuries of music, from Hildegard of Bingen (born 1098) to present-day composers such as Elena Kats-Chernin and Graham Fitkin, the list has been designed to introduce a wide range of music – not just from different periods, but also of different genres and styles. With the scheme supported by Decca and Classic FM, schools registering with the scheme can listen to recordings of the works in question and, in future, download other useful learning resources.

‘Classical 100 exemplifies ABRSM’s commitment to high quality music-making and learning and is representative of a new generation of digital resources,’ says the ABRSM’s chief executive Michael Elliott. ‘We all want to make a child’s first experience of music magical, the beginning of a rich and varied life-long journey.’

 

Here is the Classical 100 list in full:

Adams, John
‘The Chairman Dances’ from Nixon in China

Allegri
Miserere

Bach, JS
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, 1st Movement
Air on a G String
‘Badinerie’ from Orchestral Suite No. 2
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

Barber
Adagio for Strings

Bartók
‘Joc cu bâta’ from Romanian Folk Dances

Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata, 1st Movement
Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement
Für Elise
‘Ode to Joy’ from Symphony No. 9

Bernstein
‘Mambo’ from West Side Story Symphonic Dances

Bizet
‘Farandole’ from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2
‘March of the Toreadors’ from Carmen Suite No. 1

Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 5

Britten
‘Fugue’ from Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Chopin
Raindrop Prelude

Copland
Fanfare for the Common Man
‘Hoe Down’ from Rodeo

Debussy
Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune

Delibes
‘Flower Duet’ from Lakmé

Dukas
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Dvořák
‘Largo’ from Symphony No. 9 ‘New World’
Slavonic Dance No. 8

Elgar
Cello Concerto, 1st movement
‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations
Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1

Falla
‘Ritual Fire Dance’ from The Bewitched Love

Fauré
‘Berceuse’ from Dolly Suite
Pavane

Fitkin, Graham
Hook

Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue

Grainger
Londonderry Air

Grieg
‘Gavotte’ from Holberg Suite
Piano Concerto, 1st Movement
‘Morning Mood’ from Peer Gynt Suite

Handel
‘Hallelujah’ from The Messiah
‘Hornpipe’ from Water Music Suite No. 1

Haydn
Symphony No. 94 ‘Surprise’, 2nd Movement
Trumpet Concerto, 3rd movement

Hérold
‘Clog Dance’ from La Fille Mal Gardée

Hildegard of Bingen
‘O Euchari’ from Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum

Holst
‘Jupiter’ from The Planets

Humperdinck
‘Evening Prayer’ from Hansel and Gretel

Kats-Chemin, Elena
‘Eliza Aria’ from Wild Swans

Khachaturian
‘The Sabre Dance’ from Gayane Suite No. 3

Kodály
‘Viennese Musical Clock’ from Háry János Suite

Mendelssohn
‘Scherzo’ from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Hebrides Overture

Monteverdi
‘Ave Maris Stella’ from Vespers

Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st Movement
Symphony No. 40, 1st Movement
Clarinet Concerto, 2nd Movement
Horn Concerto No. 4, 3rd Movement
‘Papageno’s Song’ from The Magic Flute

Musorgsky
‘Baba Yaga’ from Pictures at an Exhibition
Night on a Bare Mountain

Orff
‘O Fortuna’ from Carmina Burana

Pachelbel
Canon

Prokofiev
‘Peter’s Theme’ from Peter and the Wolf
‘Troika’ from Lieutenant Kijé Suite
‘Dance of the Knights’ from Romeo and Juliet

Puccini
‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot

Purcell
‘Dido’s Lament’ from Dido and Aeneas

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2, 1st Movement

Ravel
Boléro

Reich, Steve
Six Pianos

Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade, 2nd Movement
‘Flight of the Bumble Bee’ from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez, 2nd movement

Rossini
William Tell Overture

Rutter, John
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol

Saint-Saëns
‘Aquarium’ from Carnival of the Animals

Schubert
Marche Militaire
Trout Quintet, 4th Movement

Schumann, C
Romances for Violin and Piano, 1st Movement

Schumann, R
‘About Foreign Lands’ from Kinderszenen

Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5, 4th Movement
‘Waltz’ from Jazz Suite No. 2

Sibelius
‘Intermezzo’ from Karelia Suite

Sousa
Liberty Bell

Strauss, J
The Blue Danube

Strauss, R
Also sprach Zarathustra

Stravinsky
‘Russian Dance’ from Petrushka

Tallis
If Ye Love Me

Tavener
The Lamb

Tchaikovsky
1812 Overture
‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutcracker

Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on Greensleeves
The Lark Ascending
The Wasps overture

Verdi
‘Grand March’ from Aida
‘La Donna è Moblie’ from Rigoletto

Vivaldi
'Winter', 2nd movement from The Four Seasons

Wagner
‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from Die Walküre

Warlock
‘Mattachins’ from Capriol Suite

Widor
‘Toccata’ from Organ Symphony No. 5

 
 
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