This is an archive of the critical listening selections for the year 2012-2013.
These are some of the musical performances we've heard and discussed in class. Links on this page go to external, non-PISD websites. PISD has no control over external web content. Please notify Mr. Berlin if a link becomes unavailable or if there are other issues with external links.
Week of June 03
Orchestra! with Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore
Week of May 28
Week of May 20
Kids React to the Beatles
Week of May 13
Symphony 9, Mvt 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven
(We are starting at 0:55:00 minutes into the program in class and are listening to about 15 minutes of the fourth movement.)
Week of May 7
"Turkey in the Straw" by Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
"Turkey in the Straw" by The Original Schnickelfritz Band with Freddie Fisher
Week of April 29
"Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev.
Disney Animation of the Symphony
Our critical listening pieces include, "El Carretero", "De Dolores", "El Son De La Negra", and "Las Mañanitas". They come from an old VHS titled, "The Mariachi Tradition" and are not available on YouTube. You can search YouTube for other groups performing these titles to watch them with your child.
Kansas City Royals Organist Sam Beckett plays "Take Me Out To The Ballgame"
"The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa
"Christ the Lord is Risen Today" by Charles Wesley"
"Mull of Kintyre" by Paul McCartney and Wings
"You Are My Sunshine" by Jimmy Davis
Audio only excerpt from "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Tipitina by Professor Longhair
Zydeco Cha Cha by C.J. Chenier
My Toot Toot by Rockin' Sidney
Eunice Two-Step and Bonsoir Moroeau by Canray Fontenot and Alfonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin
Ils Ont Voler Mon Traineau by Cleoma and Joe Falcon
Christmas Medley by the North Point iBand
Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah by George Friderich Handel
Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver
Allegro Con Brio, Symphony No. 5 by Ludvig von Beethoven *
*Link goes to a video of the entire 5th Symphony. We are just listening to the 1st movement.
Bolero by Maurice Ravel, arranged and performed by BLAST
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas
Karl Richter performing Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccatta and Fugue in D Minor
Eric Whittakre's Virtual Choir - Lux Arumque (Golden Light)
Playing for Change - Song Around The World: Stand By Me
Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In
Für Elise, written by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Unknown pianist and orchestra
The Piano Guys - What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction cover)
Peter, Paul, and Mary - Puff the Magic Dragon
Buckwheat Zydeco - The Crawfish Song
George Kranz - Din Daa Daa
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy (also "Drive")