Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Kaija Saariaho goes to school

The UK's Edexcel A Level Music set works list has been revised to better reflect women composers. Here is the new list for the academic year 2016/17:

Vocal Music
● J. S. Bach, Cantata, Ein feste Burg
● Mozart, The Magic Flute
● Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge
Instrumental Music
● Vivaldi, Concerto in D minor, Op. 3 No. 11
● Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: movement 1
● Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Music for Film
● Danny Elfman, Batman Returns
● Rachel Portman, The Duchess
● Bernard Herrmann, Psycho
Popular Music and Jazz
● Courtney Pine, Back in the Day
● Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
● Beatles, Revolver
● Debussy, Estampes
● Familia Valera Miranda, CaƱa Quema
● Anoushka Shankar, Breathing Under Water
New Directions
● Cage, Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos
● Kaija Saariaho, Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics
● Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

With Kaija Saariaho's music in schools all is not lost. Here is her Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics:

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