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Orchestral

Adams, John

Chamber symphony

Shaker loops

Short ride in a fast machine

Tromba lontana

The Chairman Dances

Adès, Thomas

Violin Concerto

Albinoni, Tomaso

Oboe Concerto, D minor Op 9 no 2

Albinoni, Tomaso (attrib.)

Adagio in G minor

Anderson, Leroy

Blue tango

The girl in satin

Plink, plank, plunk

The typewriter

Arensky, Anton

Variations on a theme of Tchaikovsky

Arne, Thomas

Overture: Eliza

Arnold, Sir Malcolm

Clarinet Concertino (orch. Roger Steptoe)

Concertos:
Guitar
Two violins

Little Suite no 1

Sinfonietta no 1

Bach, CPE

Flute Concerto in A, H 438/Wq 168

Bach, JS

Brandenburg Concertos 1-6

Concertos:
violin & oboe, D minor, BWV 1060
harpsichord:
D minor, BWV 1052
E, BWV 1053
D, BWV 1054
A, BWV 1055
F minor, BWV 1056
two harpsichords, C, BWV 1061
violin, E, BWV 1041; A minor, BWV 1042
two violins, D minor, BWV 1043

Easter Oratorio – Sinfonia

Orchestral Suites 1-4

Barber, Samuel

Adagio

Cello Concerto

Violin Concerto

Bartók, Belá

Concerto for orchestra

Dance Suite

Divertimento

Hungarian sketches

Rhapsody no 1

Romanian dances

Violin Concerto No 2

Bax, Sir Arnold

The garden of Fand

Tintagel

Beethoven, Ludwig van

The creatures of Prometheus

Coriolan Overture

Egmont Overture

Fidelio Overture

Piano Concertos: 1-5

Romance, violin & orchestra, Op 50

Symphonies 1-9 (also piano transcriptions by Liszt)

Triple Concerto

Violin Concerto

Bellini, Vincenzo

Oboe Concerto

Berg, Alban

Violin Concerto

Berlioz, Hector

Harold en Italie

Overtures: Le corsaire

Roman carnival

Waverley

Symphonie Fantastique

Bernstein, Leonard

Candide Overture

On the waterfront, symphonic suite

Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

Symphony 2, ‘The Age of Anxiety’

Symphonic dances from West Side Story

Binge, Ronald

Sailing by

Birtwistle, Sir Harrison

Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum

Bizet, Georges

Carmen: Suite no 1

L’Arlèsienne: suites 1 & 2

Symphony in C

Bliss, Sir Arthur

Music for strings

Bloch, Ernest

Suite hébraique

Boccherini, Luigi

Cello Concerto, B flat

Symphony in D minor, Op 12 No 4, 'La Casa del Diavolo', G506

Symphony in A, Op 21 no 6


Borodin, Alexander

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor

Symphony No 2

Bottesini, Giovanni

Gran duo concertante, violin and double bass

Boyce, William

Symphonies

Brahms, Johannes

Academic Festival Overture

Double Concerto

Hungarian dances

Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Serenades 1 & 2

Symphonies 1-4

Tragic Overture

Variations on the St Antoni chorale

Violin Concerto

Bratton, John

The teddy bears' picnic

Bridge, Frank

Londonderry air

Suite for string orchestra

Two entr'actes

Britten, Benjamin

Double Concerto

Lachrymae

Matinées musicales

Peter Grimes: Sea Interludes

Soirées musicales

The young person’s guide to the orchestra

Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge

Bruch, Max

Kol nidrei

Scottish fantasy

Violin Concerto No 1

Bruckner, Anton

Symphony No 2

Bucalossi, Ernest

The grasshopper's dance

Butterworth, George

A Shropshire lad (rhapsody)

Two English idylls

Chabrier, Emmanuel

España

Chausson, Ernest

Poème

Chavez, Carlos

Sinfonia india

Chopin, Fryderyck

Andante spianato and grande polonaise

Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Cimarosa, Domenico

Concerto for two flutes

Coates, Eric

Calling all workers

Dancing nights

The three Elizabeths

Connesson, Guillaume

E chiaro nella valle il fiume appare

Flammenschrift

Copland, Aaron

Appalachian Spring

Clarinet Concerto

Fanfare for the common man

Quiet city

Rodeo

Short symphony

Corelli, Arcangelo

Concerti grossi, Op 6

Coward, Sir Noel

The grand tour (arr. Hershey Kay)

Dallapiccola, Luigi

Piccola musica notturna

Davies, Sir Peter Maxwell

An Orkney wedding, with sunrise

Debussy, Claude

Danse sacrée et danse profane

La mer

Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune

Rhapsodie (saxophone)

Trois nocturnes

Delius, Frederick

A song before sunrise

On hearing the first cuckoo in spring

Summer night on the river

Two aquarelles (orch Fenby)

The walk to the Paradise Garden

Docker, Robert

The spirit of Cambria

Donizetti, Gaetano

Allegro in C, strings

Concerto, D minor, violin and cello

Doyle, Patrick

Henry V

Dukas, Paul

Fanfare pour précéder La Péri

The sorcerer’s apprentice

Dvorák, Antonín

Carnival overture

Czech Suite

Cello Concerto

Nocturne

Romance, Op 11

Scherzo capriccioso

Serenade, strings, Op 22

Serenade, wind, Op 44

Silent woods

Slavonic dances, Opp 46 & 72

Symphonic variations

Symphonies nos 5-9

The Golden Spinning Wheel

The Noonday Witch


Elgar, Sir Edward

Cello Concerto

Chanson de Matin

Chanson de Nuit

Cockaigne

Dream children

Elegy

Enigma variations

Froissart

In the south

Introduction and allegro

Pomp and circumstance Marches

Romance, bassoon & orchestra

Salut d'amour

Serenade, strings

Soliloquy, oboe & orchestra

Sospiri

Symphony 1

Symphony 3 (the sketches elaborated by Anthony Payne)

Violin Concerto

Ellington, Duke

The river

Enescu, George

Romanian Rhapsody 1

Erkel, Ferenc

Hunyadi Laszlo overture

Falla, Manuel de

El amor brujo

La vida breve - Spanish dance

Nights in the gardens of Spain

The three-cornered hat

Fauré, Gabriel

Masques et bergamasques

Pelléas et Mélisande

Pavane

Shylock

Finzi, Gerald

Clarinet Concerto

Romance

Françaix, Jean

Les malheurs de Sophie

Symphony in G

Franck, César

Symphonic variations

Symphony in D minor

Geminiani, Francesco

12 Concerti Grossi after Corelli’s Op 5

Gershwin, George

An American in Paris

Lullaby

Piano Concerto

Promenade

Rhapsody in blue

Strike up the band overture

Ginastera, Alberto

Estáncia

Giuliani, Mauro

Guitar Concerto no 1

Glass, Philip

Concerto grosso

Symphony 3

Glazunov, Alexander

Saxophone Concerto

Symphony 9

Violin Concerto

Glinka, Mikhail

Ruslan and Lyudmila overture

Gluck, Christoph

Orfeo ed Euridice - Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Paride ed Elena – Ballet from Act 3

Granados, Enrique

Goyescas - Intermezzo

Greenwood, Jonny

Popcorn superhet receiver

Grieg, Edvard

Holberg suite

Norwegian Dances

Peer Gynt

Piano Concerto

Symphony in C minor

Two elegiac melodies, Op 34

Two lyric pieces, Op 68

Two Norwegian melodies, Op 63

Hallgrímsson, Hafliði

Cello Concerto, Op 30

Handel, George Frederick

Concerti grossi, Opp 3 and 6

Oboe Concertos

Organ Concertos: Op 4; ‘Second set’

Water music

Haydn, Joseph

Cello Concertos in C and D

Il ritorno di Tobia - Sinfonia

Le pescatrici - Sinfonia

Piano Concerto in D HXVIII: 11

The seven last words of our Redeemer on the cross

Symphonies:
12, 22, 28, 34, 43-5, 48, 49, 55, 59, 60, 64, 70, 83-5, 88, 94, 95, 99, 101, 103, 104

Trumpet Concerto

Violin Concerto in G, H VIIa:4

Haydn, Michael

Symphony in G, P 16

Trumpet Concerto in C

Henze, Hans Werner

Double Concerto

Hindemith, Paul

Trauermusik

The Four Temperaments

Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Weber

Holst, Gustav

A Fugal Concerto

A Moorside Suite

A Song of the Night

Brook Green Suite

Invocation, cello and orchestra

The Perfect Fool - ballet

The Planets

St Paul's Suite

Horneman, Christian

Gurre suite

Humperdinck, Engelbert

Hänsel und Gretel - Prelude

Ibert, Jacques

Bacchanale

Divertissement

Ireland, John

A Downland suite

Piano Concerto

Ives, Charles

The Unanswered Question

Tone roads 1 & 3

Variations on 'America', orch. William Schuman

Janácek, Leos

Jealousy

On an overgrown path, orch David Matthews

Sinfonietta

Suite for strings

The cunning little vixen – suite, arr Talich/Mackerras

Jongen, Joseph

Symphonie Concertante, organ & orchestra

Kabalevsky, Dmitri

Colas Breugnon overture

Khachaturian, Aram

Gayaneh: Sabre Dance

Spartacus

Khrennikov, Tikhon

Much ado about nothing, suite

Kodály, Zoltan

Dances of Galánta

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

The sea hawk - overture

Violin Concerto

Lalo, Edouard

Cello Concerto

Symphonie espagnole

Legrand, Michel

The summer of ‘42

Lehár, Franz

The Count of Luxembourg overture

Gold and silver

Liszt, Ferenc

Les préludes

Mazeppa

Orpheus

Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Lutoslawski, Witold

Grave

Partita

Symphonic Variations

Lyadov, Anatoly

Kikimora

MacMillan, James

Tryst

Mahler, Gustav

Symphonies 1, 4-6, 9, 10

Todtenfeier

Marcello, Alessandro

Oboe Concerto in D minor

Maric, Dave

Lifetimes

Martin, Frank

Ballade for flute

Martinu, Bohuslav

Concertino, piano trio and strings

Symphony no 6, ‘Fantasies symphoniques'

Mendelssohn, Felix

Calm sea and prosperous voyage

Concerto, D min, piano, violin & strings

Die schöne Melusine

Hebrides

A midsummernight's dream – overture and incidental music

Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Ruy Blas overture

String Symphonies: 2, 9, 11

Symphonies 1-5

Violin Concertos: D min, E min

Milhaud, Darius

Chamber symphonies 1-5

La création du monde

Scaramouche

Mozart, Leopold

Casssation in G (‘Toy symphony’)

Die Musikalischen Schlittenfahrt: Divertimento in F

Mozart, Wolfgang

Adagio and Fugue

Concertos:
Clarinet
Flute, K313
Horn, 1-4
Oboe/Flute, K 314
Piano: K107, 1-3 (after JC Bach); Nos 5, 6, 8, 9, 11-13, 17, 20-23, 26
Violin: 1, 3-5

Dances:
Five Contredanses, K609
Six German Dances, K571

Divertimenti, K136-8

Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Epistle Sonatas

Masonic funeral music

Overtures:
Così fan tutte
Don Giovanni
The impresario

Serenade in D, K203

Sinfonia Concertante, violin & viola

Symphonies: K141a, 14, 16, 29-31, 33-36, 38-41

Musorgsky, Modest

Khovanshchina: Prelude; Dance of the Persian Slaves

Pictures at an exhibition (orch. Ravel)

Night on Bare Mountain

Nielsen, Carl

Helios overture

Little suite

Symphonies 2 and 3

Nørgård, Per

Pastorale

Pachelbel, Johann

Canon and Gigue

Paganini, Niccolo

Violin Concerto No 1

Panufnik, Sir Andrzej

Concertino, timpani, percussion & strings

Parry, Sir Hubert

An English suite

Symphonic variations

Pärt, Arvo

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Fratres

Symphony 3

Piazzola, Astor

The Four Seasons

Tangazo

Poulenc, Francis

Flute Sonata orch. Lennox Berkeley

Organ Concerto

Prokofiev, Sergey

Andante, Op 50a

Cinderella

Overture on Hebrew themes

Peter and the wolf

Piano Concerto 3

Romeo and Juliet

Symphonies: 1, 5

Violin Concertos 1 & 2

Visions fugitives (orch Barshai)

Puccini, Giacomo

Crisantemi

Purcell, Henry

Chacony, G minor

The fairy queen, suite

Trumpet tune, called The Cibell

Quantz, Johann Joachim

Flute concertos

Rakhmaninov, Sergey

Isle of the dead

Piano Concertos 1-4

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Symphonic Dances

Symphonies 1-3

The rock

Vocalise

Ravel, Maurice

Bolero

Daphnis and Chloé

La valse

Le tombeau de Couperin

Mother Goose

Pavane pour une infante défunte

Piano Concerto in G

Piano Concerto for the left hand

Rapsodie espagnole

Tzigane

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Rawsthorne, Alan

Oboe Concerto

Reger, Max

Piano Concerto

Respighi, Ottorino

Fountains of Rome

Pines of Rome

Roman festivals

The birds

Trittico botticelliano

Reznicek, Emil von

Donna Diana overture

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay

Capriccio espagnol

Schéhérazade

Russian Easter Festival

The golden cockerel, suite

The tale of Tsar Saltan:
Suite, op 57
The Flight of the Bumble Bee

Rodgers, Richard

Carousel – waltz

On your toes – Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Rodrigo, Joaquín

Concierto de Aranjuez

Zarabanda lejana y villancico

Roman, Johan Helmich

Drottningholm Music

Rossini, Gioacchino

Overtures:
Il Signor Bruschino
La cenerentola
La gazza ladra
L'italiana in Algieri
The silken ladder
Tancredi
William Tell

String Sonatas nos 1 & 3

Rossini, Gioacchino (attrib)

Bassoon Concerto

Rutter, John

Suite antique

Saint-Saëns, Camille

Havanaise

Introduction and rondo capriccioso

Piano Concertos 2, 5

Sammartini, Giuseppe

Recorder Concerto in F

Sarasate, Pablo de

Zigeunerweisen

Satie, Erik

Parade

Schnittke, Alfred

Concerto grosso nos 1 & 3

Monologue, viola & strings

Moz-Art à la Haydn

Sketches

Suite in the old style

Schoenberg, Arnold

Chamber Symphony no 1

Verklärte Nacht

Schubert, Franz

Adagio and rondo, violin & orchestra, D438

Overture in B flat, D470

Overtures ‘in the Italian style’, D590/591

String Quartet in D minor, 'Death and the maiden', D810 -
transcr Mahler for string orchestra

Symphonies 1-6, 8, 9

Schumann, Robert

Cello Concerto

Genoveva overture

Overture, scherzo and finale

Manfred overture

Piano Concerto

Symphony in G minor ('Zwickau' symphony)

Symphonies: 1, 4 (1841 and 1851 versions)

Violin Concerto

Serly, Tibor

Rhapsody, viola and orchestra

Shchedrin, Rodion

Carmen Suite

Concerto for Orchestra 1, 'Naughty Limericks'

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Cello Concerto 1

Chamber Symphony (String Quartet no 8, orch Barshai)

Cheryomushki: ballet

Festive overture

The gadfly

The golden age: Polka

Jazz Suite no 1

The limpid stream: Adagio, cello & orchestra

Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Symphonies nos 5-7, 10

Violin Concerto 1

Sibelius, Jean

Belshazzar’s feast

En saga

Finlandia

Humoresques, violin and orchestra, Opp 87 and 89

Karelia suite

Kuolema: Valse triste; Scene with cranes

Pelléas and Mélisande

Romance in C

Suite champêtre

The bard

Symphonies 1-3, 5, 6

Violin Concerto

Skempton, Howard

Lento

Smetana, Bedrich

The bartered bride – Overture and dances

Má vlast

Strauss, Eduard

Bahn frei!

Strauss, Johann 1

Chinese galop

Hommage à la Reine de la Grande Bretagne

Radetsky march

Strauss, Johann 2

Annen-polka-

Auf der Jagd

Bauern polka

By the beautiful blue Danube

Champagne polka-

Die Fledermaus overture

Egyptian March

Eljen a Magyar!

Emperor waltz

Im Krapfenwald’l

Memory of Covent Garden

Night in Venice overture

Perpetuum mobile

Ritter Pazman

Tales from the Vienna Woods

Thousand and one nights

Thunder & lightning

Tik Tak polka

Tritch-tratsch

Strauss, Josef

Jokey Polka

Moulinet Polka

Music of the spheres

Ohne Sorgen!

Strauss, Richard

Don Juan

Duett-Concertino

Ein Heldenleben

Horn Concertos 1 & 2

Metamorphosen

Rosenkavalier suite

Till Eulenspiegel

Tod und Verklärung

Stravinsky, Igor

Apollon Musagètes

Circus Polka

Concerto in E flat, ‘Dumbarton Oaks’

Concerto in D (strings)

Danses concertantes

Divertimento

The firebird

Petrushka

Pulcinella

The rite of spring

Scènes de ballet

Symphony in C

Suk, Josef

Fantastic scherzo

Meditation on an old Czech hymn, 'St Wenceslas'

Serenade for strings

Suppé, Franz von

Light cavalry

Morning, noon & night in Vienna

Svendsen, Johan

Carnival in Paris

Sviridov, Georgy

The snowstorm

Szymanowski, Karol

Symphony no 2

Violin Concerto No 2

Tartini, Giuseppe, arr Jacob

Concertino for clarinet

Tavener, Sir John

Kaleidoscopes

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr

Concert fantasy

Capriccio italien

1812

Eugene Onegin: Waltz and Polonaise

Francesca da Rimini

Manfred Symphony

Marche slave

Pezzo capriccioso

The nutcracker

The sleeping beauty

Piano Concertos 1 & 2

Romeo and Juliet

Serenade

Sleeping beauty: Waltz

Souvenir de Florence

Swan lake

Symphonies: 1, 2, 4-6

Variations on a rococo theme (both versions)

Valse-scherzo

Violin Concerto

Telemann, Georg

Concertos:
C, recorder
E minor, recorder and flute
G, viola

Suite, A minor, recorder and strings

Suite in G: Burlesque de Quixotte

Thomas, Ambroise

Overture: Raymond

Tippett, Sir Michael

Little music for string orchestra

Ritual dances, from The midsummer marriage

Torelli, Giuseppe

Concerti Grossi, op 8

Torke, Michael

Adjustable wrench

Turina, Joaquín

Danzas fantásticas

Turnage, Mark-Anthony

On all fours

Vasks, Peteris

Cantabile

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

English folk songs

Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis

Five variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus'

The lark ascending

Oboe Concerto

A London Symphony

Pastoral symphony

Symphonies 4, 5, 9

Violin Concerto

Verdi, Giuseppe

La forza del destino: overture

La traviata: prelude, Act 3

Macbeth: ballet music, Act 3

Nabucco: overture

Villa-Lobos, Heitor

Bachianas Brasileiras no 4

Vivaldi, Antonio

L’estro armonico, Op 3

La stravaganza, Op 4

Il cimento dell'armonia…, Op 8
1-4, ‘The four seasons’
5, ‘La tempesta di mare’

Flute concertos, Op 10

Individual concertos:
B flat, violin & cello, RV547
C, flautino, RV443
C, flautino, RV444
C, two trumpets, RV537
D, lute/guitar, RV93
D, RV124
D, violin, RV212
G min, two cellos, RV531

L’Olimipade: Sinfonia

Sinfonia, G, RV146

Wagenaar, Johan

Cyrano de Bergerac

Wagner, Richard

The flying Dutchman: overture

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Preludes to Acts 1 and 3

Siegfried: 'Forest Murmurs'

Siegfried idyll

Tannhaüser: overture

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod

Waldteufel, Emile

Les patineurs

Walton, Sir William

Cello Concerto

Crown imperial

Henry V

Sinfonia concertante, piano & orchestra

Viola Concerto

Warlock, Peter

Capriol Suite

Waxman, Franz

Carmen Fantasie

Weber, Carl Maria von

Clarinet Concertos 1 & 2

Der Freischütz, overture

Euryanthe, overture

Invitation to the dance (orch. Berlioz)

Weill, Kurt

Kleine Dreigroschenmusik

Symphony 2

Violin Concerto

Weir, Judith

Piano Concerto

Wirén, Dag

Serenade for strings

Wolf, Hugo

Italian serenade

Wood, Sir Henry

Fantasia on British sea songs

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