Fantasia Medley

  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    Listen Here! A organ piece composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and published by Felix Mendelssohn. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire. A toccata is a light, fast paced piece of music typically written for a keyboard or a plucked instrument.
    Fugue is a piece that has two melodies weaving together.
  • Night on Bald Mountain

    Night on Bald Mountain
    Listen Here! It is a series of compositions by Russian composers, Modest Mussorgsky written starting from 1839 until 1881. It is one of the first tone poems by a Russia Composer. Mussorgsky was inspired by Russian legends and wanted to create a 'musical picture' around the theme of a witches' sabbath.
  • Dance of the Hours

    Dance of the Hours
    Listen Here! "Danza delle ore" in Italian is a ballet composed by Amilcare Ponchielli. Act III Finale of the opera La Gioconda and shows the passage of time ( dawn, day, twilight, night, and morning) through dance.
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

    Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
    Listen Here! First performed in 1892 for the Russian Musical Society in St. Petersburg, it s a piece composed by Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Lev Ivanov for the ballet The Nutcracker. It is the 3rd movement in The Nutcracker pas de deux and is performed by the female principal as the Sugar Plum Fairy. For this piece Tchaikovsky utilized the newly invented celesta to create bell-like tones.
  • Arabian Nights

    Arabian Nights
    Listen Here! Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the ballet The Nutcracker. It is also apart of the The Nutcracker Suite, a selection that Tchaikovsky took from the ballet for concert performance.
  • Russian Dance

    Russian Dance
    Listen Here! The Russian Dance, also known as the Trepak is one of the most well known dances in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker. It is based on the "Tropak", a traditional Ukrainian folk dance.
    It is written in the G key, and in format AABA
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    Listen Here! Written from 1896-1897 by French Composer Paul Dukas this is a symphonic poem based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's poem of the same name. It is part of the Romantic genre of programmatic music