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Listening Recommendations


Many people never take the time to fully explore all the great music which history has to offer. At this page, you will find music both familiar and unfamiliar which you should definitely make a point of hearing. Jackson's listening recommendations are not always the best-known or most obvious choices, yet they are always engaging. Follow the links below for articles outlining the historical context of the music as well as specific listening recommendations. Most recommendations link to YouTube, so you can hear the music right away!


Music at the Turn of the Twentieth Century:

A Survey of Nineteenth-Century Nationalism

The Last of the Romantics

The Break with Traditional Tonality

Regaining Control – Towards New Principles of Organization in the Years following World War I:

1. Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss, and the Classicists

2. Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and the Neo-Classicists

3. Les Six and Post-Impressionism

4. Paul Hindemith and the New Objectivity

5. The Second Viennese School and Twelve-Tone Serialism

New Listening – Contemporary Voices:

1. The New Symphonic School

2. The New Complexity, Spectral Music, and Post-Spectralisms

3. Beyond Minimalism  COMING SOON!!

4. Artistry and The Popular Genres  COMING SOON!!


Also visit Jackson's Facebook page for regular updates about the music Jackson is listening to now!

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) is a key figure in Jackson's current listening unit "The Birth of Recording and the New Permanence of

Folk and Popular Traditions."

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