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Discovering music through listening
Discovering music through listening

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This free course was written by Emily Chambers. It was first published in July 2020.

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Audio 1: extract 00:32 – 1.02: Stayin Alive; composers: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb; Performers: Bee Gees; from Number Ones, track 11, publishers: Universal Music Group / Warner Strategic Marketing Inc. Record Label: Polydor

Audio 2: extract 30–01:00: New Space Music; Composer: performer: Brian Eno; Composer: Brian Eno; Publisher: All Saints Records; CD Title: Neroli (Thinking Music Pt IV) [Expanded Edition] ((iTunes ID): id932427580); Label: All Saints Records

Audio 3: extract 3.55-4.25: Beethoven Grosse Fugue Op. 133 Composer: Beethoven; Performers: Emerson String Quartet; Publisher: Universal Music; CD Title: Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 1-16 (complete, inc. Grosse Fuge) (E4470752); Label: Deutsche Grammophon en

Audio 4: extract 00:39–01:09: ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’, Composer: Howard Goodall; Performers: Howard Goodall, Laura Wright, Enchanted Voices; Title: 50 Choral Classics (4821636); Publisher: Classic FM; Record label: Classic FM

Audio 5: extract 00:07–00:37 Getting Better; Composers: Lennon and McCartney; Performers: The Beatles: from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered); Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; (0946 3 82419 2 8) Record Label: Calderstone Production Ltd./Universal/Apple Corps Ltd.

Audio 6: extract: 00:04–00:34 C Jam Blues; Composer: Oscar Peterson: Performers: Oscar Peterson Trio: from Night Train (0600753458891); Publishers: The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.; Record Label:Verve

Audio 7: extract: 4.22-4.52 All Things to All Men; Composers: The Cinematic Orchestra; Performers: The Cinematic Orchestra ft Roots Manuva; CD title: Every Day (zen CD59); publishers: Ninja Tune/ Just Isn't Music; record label: Ninja Tune;

Audio 8: extract: 0:00–00:30 British Grenadiers/Hielan' Laddie/Milanollo; Performers: 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards; CD title: Trooping the Colour 2003 (RCD 231); Publishers: Bandleader Recordings; Record Label: Bandleader Recordings -X5 Music Group. Courtesy: X5 Music Group

Audio 9: extract 01:27–01:57The Blue Danube, Composers: Johann Strauss II; Performers: The London Philharmonic Orchestra and David Parry; Publishers: Warner Classics; CD Title: The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music (W 206476); Record Label: X5 Music Group. Courtesy: X5 Music Group

Audio 10: extract 00:00–00:30: Fifth Symphony, First Movement; Composer: Beethoven; Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Publisher: Teldec/Warner Music Group; CD Title: Beethoven - Complete Symphonies (0927497682); Record Label; Teldec (Warner Music Group)

Audio 11: extract: 15.49-16.19: Fifth Symphony, Third Movement; Composer: Beethoven; Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt; Publisher: Teldec/Warner Music Group; CD Title: Beethoven - Complete Symphonies (0927497682); Record Label; Teldec (Warner Music Group)

Audio 12: extract 04:19–04:49 Pueblo Nuevo; Performers: Buena Vista Social Club; CD title: Buena Vista Social Club (WCD050); Publishers: World Circuit Records; Record Label: World Circuit Records

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