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Future Themes
last revised March 8, 2008

To contribute ideas for future themes, music to go with the themes listed below, or better titles for the themes, e-mail Fred Flaxman . All ideas used will be credited here and on the air, and contributors will receive a free compact disc.

Cowboys & Indians Back to Top
Copland: Rodeo
MacDowell: Indian Suite
Farwell: Navajo War Dance "From Mesa and Plain" and other Farwell pieces
Cecil Burleigh:

Boats, Ships & Planes Back to Top
Liszt: Gondoliera (4:16), James Raphael, piano
Weil: My Ship
Beatles: Leaving on a Jet Plane

Independence Day Back to Top
Vieuxtemps: Yankee Doodle

Annon: Jeux Interdits
Bizet: Jeux d'Enfants (22:16)
Lutoslawski: Jeux vénitiens
Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Debussy: Jeux (18:15)

War Back to Top
Janequin: La Guerre
Britten: War Requiem
Sousa: Bullets & Bayonets March (3:38)
Sousa: Solid Men to the Front March (3:54)

More Classical Kids Back to Top
Bizet: Jeux d'enfants (22:16)
Rodrigo: Five Children's Pieces (12:09)
Willa-Lobos: Pieces for Children
Debussy: La Boîte à joujoux

Cinema Classics
(the best of original film theme music)

Folk Influence on Classical Music Back to Top
Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne
Enesco: Romanian Dances
Brahms: Hungarian Dances
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies
Dvorak: Slavonic Dances

Ketèlbey: Jungle Drums 
Lecuona: Jungle Drums

Musical Myths Back to Top
Saint-Saëns: Phaeton
Nevin: Narcissus, Philip Martin, piano
Gluck: Orpheus & Euridyses

More Musical Gardens
Godowsky/Schubert: Faded Blossoms
Godowsky/Schubert: Hedge Rose
Godowsky/Schubert: Impatience
Britten: Two Insect Pieces: The Grasshopper and The Wasp
Vaughan-Williams: The Wasp

Water Back to Top
Handel: Water Music
Godowsky/Schubert: The Brooklet
Godowsky/Schubert: By the Sea
Debussy: La Mer
Smetana: The Moldau
Grofé: Hudson River Suite
Traditional: Volga Boatman
Liszt: Au bord d'une source

Symphonic Dances Back to Top
Ravel: La Valse
R. Strauss: Waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances

Musical Scandals
Stavinsky: Rites of Spring
Ravel: Bolero
Bizet: Carmen

The  Weather Back to Top
Blue Skies
Because of Rain
(Ella Fitzgerald)
Arlen: Come Rain or Come Shine
Brahms: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano ("Rain")
Grofé: Grand Canyon SUite (excerpt)
Chopin: Prelude in D-flat ("Raindrop")
Livingston: Wish Me a Rainbow
Andrews: Don't Rain on My Parade
Villa-Lobos: Dawn in a Tropical Rain Forest Overture
Cliffe: Cloud and Sunshine Orchestral Picture
Hovhaness: Storm on Mount Wildcat
Shubert: Allegro in A Minor ("Storms of Life")
Sviridov: Romance or Military March from The Snowstorm
Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyans
Beethoven: Thuderstorm from Pastoral Symphony
Legrand: Umbrellas of Cherbourg excerpt
Debussy: Jardins sous la pluie
Tailleferre: Fugue du parapluie
Strauss, J.; Thunder and Lightning Polka
Liszt: Snow-Whirles in B-flat Minor

Music for Unusual Instruments Back to Top
The Classic Ocanina
Musical Saw
Glass Harmonica

Rachel Barton on Violin
Homage to Sarasate


Classical Kids, Part 2 Back to Top
(suggested by Tom Buroughs, Lantana, Florida)
Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Ravel: Mother Goose
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

The Devil
Le Diable
"Ça Va"
by Jacques Brel

Symphonic Broadway
Broadway music as performed in symphonic arrangements

(suggested by Karl Lozier, Atlantis, Florida)

Afternoon of a Faune by Debussy



Music for the Birds Back to Top
Harty: With the Wild Geese

Classically Cuban

Popular Paris
Brel: Les Prénoms de Paris
Durand: Mademoiselle de Paris
Ferré: Paris Con...?
Harburg: April in Paris
Moretti: Under the Roofs of Paris
Porter: I Love Paris
Piaf: Les Amants de Paris
Piaf: Sous le ciel de Paris
Douai: Les Tuilleries
Sablon: Pigalle
Trenet: Les oiseaux de Paris

Diabelli Variations Back to Top
Beethoven wrote an hour's worth of variations on a waltz by Diabelli. But other composers (Hummel, Kalkbrenner, Moscheles, Liszt, Schubert and Czerny) also wrote much shorter variations on this theme.  In fact, all of these pieces are less than a minute and a half long, and all would be presented in this hour, except for the Beethoven, which could fit in only highlights.

Mad about Milhaud
La Création du Monde
Le Boeuf sur le Toit

One-Hit Russian Composers
Glinka: Overture to Russlan & Ludmilla 
Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches
Glière: Red Poppy: Sailor's Dance

One-Hit Czech Composers
Janácek: Sinfonietta
Suk: Serenade for Strings, Op. 6
Reznicek: Donna Diana Overture

One-Hit German Composers Back to Top
Pachelbel: Canon
Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus & Eurydice
Transfigured Night
Goldmark: Rustic Wedding Symphony

Italian One-Hit Composers
Albinoni: Adagio for Strings and Organ
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

English One-Hit Composers
Walton: Façade
Holst: The Planets

One-Hit Polish Composers Back to Top
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 1
Górecki: Symphony No. 3

Manic Mozart (Mozart at his happiest)

Arthur Farwell
Dawn, Op. 12
Ichibuzzhi, Op. 13
Navajo War Dance "From Mesa and Plain"
Pawnee Horses "From Mesa and Plain," Op. 20
Song of Peace from "Impressions of the ..."
Song of Deathless Voice from American Indian Melodies
The Gods of the Mountain Suite, Op. 52

Passionate Paderewski Back to Top
Piano Concerto in A Minor

Best of Berlioz

Romantic Rodrigo
Concierto de Aran...

The Music of Lita Grier (contemporary tonal composer)


Mendelssohn at His Happiest

Best of Bartok Back to Top
Concerto for Orchestra

Michel LeGrand
Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Albeniz Alive!
Piano Concerto performed by Felija Blumental

Delightful Delius
Florida Suite
Piano Concerto

Chopin Transcribed
Nocturne No. 20 with Angèle Dubeau & La Pièta


De Falla


Scharwenka Back to Top
Piano Concerto No. 1
Piano Pieces

Gershwin at his Greatest
The Man I Love
Embraceable You
He Said and She  Said
Rhapsoy in Blue
Concerto in F
American in Paris

Grieg at his Greatest
Piano Conerto

Romantic Rachmaninov (multi-part mini-series) Back to Top
Piano Concerto No. 2
Prélude in G Minor
Symphony No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 3

The Best of Bach


Concerto Grosso No. 1

Scriabin (suggested by Hellmut Stern)

Who's Hubay?
excerpts from Scènes de la csárda
Poèmes hongrois
Nouveaux poèmes hongrois
Violin Concerto 3
Violin Concerto 4

Rossini: The Sins of His Old Age Back to Top
Quelques riens pour album

Offenbach You Don't Hear Often
his pieces for cello and orchestra

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and His Music

Frankly Franck
Symphony in D Minor
Symphonic Variations
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

Nino Rota

Ernest Chausson


The Sexy Saxophone (music for saxophone and orchestra)
Six Brown Brothers: Smiles and Chuckles album
Piazzolla: Tango Suite for Saxophone and Orchestra and other pieces from the album "Ballades for Saxophone and Orchestra"

Great Tympani Parts
R. Strauss: Burleske

Great Cello Solos

Tunes for Bassoons

Great Flute Solos

Great Marimba Melodies

Clarinet Classics Back to Top

To contribute ideas for future themes, music to go with the themes listed above, or better titles for the themes, e-mail Fred Flaxman.  All ideas used will be credited here and on the air, and contributors will receive a free compact disc.

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