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Music Craft Preliminary Listening List


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These lists are designed to accompany AMEB's Music Craft syllabus. At each grade students are required to become familiar with the sounds of various musical instruments, and are given set works to study. The music selected below gives a sample of each instrument for the grade, both in solo and orchestral contexts, and also includes a full version of each of the set works. The music includes some well-known and some less famous pieces, and covers a wealth of music in a variety of styles. The selections for each grade fit onto a single CD, or the songs can be downloaded onto an MP3 player.
Polyphonic music
Polyphonic music

Preliminary Listening List

There are no set works for this grade, so there are only instrument samples here.

Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

This piece demonstrates the instruments of the orchestra.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Lawrence and Benjamin Northey

Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 4th movt Rondo

The string section

Robert Baksa: Octet for Woodwind Instruments: Moderato (1st movt)

The woodwind section

Handel: Judas Maccabaeus: Sound an Alarm (arranged for brass)

The brass section
From the album "Virtuoso Brass" by the Chicago Brass Quintet

Joel: Root Beer Rag, arranged for percussion

The percussion section
From the album "Whiplash" by Gary Olmstead & O-Zone Percussion Group

Chopin: Prelude in A major, op. 28 no. 7


Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude in C major BWV 846

From the album "Bach: The Essential Harpsichord Music"

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 656

Pipe organ
From the album "Bach: The Great Organ Works," Wolfgang Rubsam

Preliminary Music Craft Listening List (you are here)
First Grade Music Craft Listening List
Second Grade Music Craft Listening List
Third Grade Music Craft Listening List