There is a myth floating about that singers are not musicians. It is often true, however, that many singers come to music rather late, when the beauty of their singing voice is “discovered”.  As a result of this situation, many singers have a narrower exposure to a variety of styles and composers, as they focus on the music they will be asked to perform. This is especially true now, as more elementary and high schools eliminate music from the curriculum.  

Recently, I asked two of my instrumental collaborative partners to suggest non-vocal repertoire that would benefit singers from a musical standpoint. Here is the list of their suggestions. It is not definitive, but it is an excellent start!

Composer

Composition

Bach

Brandenburg Concerto #1

Bach

The Well Tempered Klavier

Bartok

Concerto for Orchestra

Bartok

Music for Strings, Percussion and Orchestra

Beethoven

4th Piano Concerto

Beethoven

7th Symphony

Beethoven

String Quartet opus 131

Brahms

4th Symphony

Brahms

Clarinet Quintet

Brahms

Horn Trio

Chopin

F minor Ballade

Copland

Rodeo

Debussy

3 Nocturnes for Orchestra

Debussy

La Mer

Debussy

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Dvoràk

Cello Concerto

Elgar

Cello Concerto

Gershwin

Rhapsody in Blue

Haydn

Trumpet Concerto

Ives

Three Places in New England

Liszt

E flat Piano Concerto

Mahler

1st Symphony

Mozart

Clarinet Concerto

Mozart

G Major Flute Concerto

Mozart

Symphony #40 in G minor

Prokofiev

3rd Piano Concerto

Prokofiev

Sonata in D major for Flute (or Violin)

Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet

Ravel

Le Valse

Ravel

Left Hand Piano Concerto

Schubert

C major String Quintet

Schumann

Piano Concerto

Shostakovich

2nd Piano Concerto

Stravinsky

Petrouchka

Stravinsky

Rite of Spring (Le Sacre de printemps)

Tchaikovsky

5th Symphony

Tchaikovsky

D minor Piano Trio

Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto

 

 

 (There is another myth floating about that states audiences who attend instrumental concerts have no interest in vocal music. But that is another discussion!)

 

 
 
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