Listening Guide

Listening Guide Resources

These Listening Guides reference repertoire the BPO performed during the past 2020-2021 concert season in our BPOnDemand video-streamed series. Even though the BPO performances have expired, we have included links of all program pieces by other great performing groups, so that you may continue to access and use these fun and informative Listening Guides created by BPO double bassist, Jonathan Borden. Happy listening!

COPLAND  Appalachian Spring
VIVALDI  The Four Seasons
DVOŘÁK  Serenade for Winds, Cello and Bass in D minor, Op. 44
BACH  Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Clavier and String Orchestra, BWV 1052
GRIEG  Holberg Suite, Op. 40
PIAZZOLLA  Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
PUCCINI  Crisantemi
BANTOCK  Celtic Symphony
ELGAR  Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47
HANDEL  Concerto in B-flat major for Harp and Orchestra, Op. 4, No. 6
WALKER  Lyric for Strings
BACH  Suite No. 3 in D major for Orchestra, BWV 1068
BACH  Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
STRAVINSKY  Dumbarton Oaks
ROBERT MERFELD  Suite for Solo Viola
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS/Greaves  Fantasia on Greensleeves
CORELLI  Concerto Grosso, Opus 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto”
HANDEL  Selections from The Messiah: Comfort Ye, Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted
Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Cello, and Orchestra, R.580
WELLS & TORME/Simmons  The Christmas Song
  “The Adoration of the Magi” from Trittico Botticelliano
ADAM/Naughtin  O Holy Night
MARTIN & BLANE/Simmons  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
arr. Naughtin  We Wish You A Merry Christmas
BEETHOVEN  Sextet, Op. 81b
MENDELSSOHN  Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
PROKOFIEV  Quintet in G minor, Op. 39
AARON JAY KERNIS  Musica Celestis      
MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major                          
TCHAIKOVSKY  Serenade for Strings in C major 
ELLEN TAAFFE ZWILICH  Prologue and Variations
BOLOGNE de SAINT-GEORGES  Violin Concerto No. 9   
DEBUSSY  Danses sacrée et danse profane
MOZART  Symphony No. 29 in A major 
ARENSKY  Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky
SHOSTAKOVICH  Chamber Symphony for Strings in C minor
HAYDN  Symphony No. 44 in E minor, “Trauer” 
TURINA  La Oración del Torero (“The Bullfighter’s Prayer”) 
R. STRAUSS  Metamorphosen 
BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major
HANDEL  Concerto Grosso in C major (“Alexander’s Feast”), HWV 318
KAY  Pietà
MOZART  Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major                          
IBERT  Divertissement  
BARLOW  The Winter’s Past
RESPIGHI  Botticelli Triptych (Trittico Botticelliano)
ERNESTO CORDERO  Ínsula Tropical for violin and string orchestra
I. Yerba Bruja
II. Jájome (Meditación)
III. Fantasía Salsera
IV. El colibrí dorado
SHOSTAKOVICH  Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet & Strings, Op. 35
SUK  Serenade in E-flat major