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    Hello there! :-)

    I love classical music, but also Jazz and alternative Rock. Regarding classical, my preferences are mainly for 19th to 20th century music, such as Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky and more recent composers like Benjamin Britten. I focused mainly on pianist work, since I also dedicated a lot of my listening time to other musical genres.

    I want do create a playlist for my 2 daughters (3 and 6 years old) and my wife, that focus on orchestral/shymphonic or string work. I would appreciate some less obvious choices that strike some interesting harmonies while being more on the relaxing side. Don't flame me but I don't like Mozart or Vivaldi for ex.

    Here's a little gem I love that will make the list, so that you can have a clue of the vibe I'm looking for:

    BRITTEN - VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF FRANK BRIDGE, OP. 10: IV. ROMANCE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqR9ykU4Xcw

    Appreciate your suggestions :-)

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    Grieg - Peer Gynt Suites
    Smetana - Má vlast
    Saint-Saens - La Muse et le Poète for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, op.132
    RVW - The Lark Ascending

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    I can't really help you directly with your request, but as someone with similar aged kids I have some general thoughts on the topic.

    I try to stimulate an interest in music by creating as much context as I can. As every parent knows, the details that we adults find interesting are often lost on kids, whereas they will enthusiastically latch onto other aspects. The famous, catchy pieces do work best - they are well-known because they have always worked well. Also dramatic and fiery pieces are good, in moderation. I try to illustrate the music with history told as stories - where and when the composer lived, what life was like in those days, who they wrote the music for, how it was performed and listened to, etc. Plus stories about people and events, embellished in amateur Disney style - grumpy old Beethoven was insulted at being asked to write one variation and so he wrote 33 amazing ones, can you hear the same tune hiding in each of them? Liszt was a show-off who wrote really difficult music and people screamed at his sold-out concerts; Schumann really wanted to be a famous pianist too but hurt his finger and was very sad, etc. And so on. I am probably guilty of over-egging it sometimes and perhaps even perpetuating a myth or two, but I count it as a success when my daughter tells her mother she can play four bars of moonlight sonata, and did you know Beethoven didn't even invent that name?

    Just my two cents.

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    Vaughan Williams Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and/or Greensleeves

    Dag Wiren Serenade for Strings

    Grieg Holberg Suite

    Britten Simple Symphony

    Tchaikovsky Suite No. 4 "Mozartiana"

    Bartok Divertimento
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    Schnittke: Suite in the Old Style
    Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mount
    Janáček: Orchestral Suite from Káťa Kabanová
    Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2, I. Montagues and Capulets

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    Rather obvious but I'd suggest, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.
    A tale to be told that children will easily understand.
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    And its regular diskmate, St. Saens Carnival of the Animals.

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    At 3 and 6 I’d play them Disney stuff like Frozen or Tangled or maybe the Sorcerer’s Apprentice bit from Fantasia.

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    Watch the movie Fantasia ( Disney) with them, lost of good tunes.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Odd things:

    Strings: Tippett's Corelli Fantasia
    Elgar's Introduction and Allegro
    Full string section transcription of Beethoven quartets (excerpted as necessary): Bernstein, Opus 131; Toscanini, middle
    movements of Opus 135; Furtwangler, Grosse Fuga.

    Orchestral with good stories:
    Sinfonie Fantastique -- last two movements (noting especially Dies Irae quote and col legno string effects near the end.)
    Obviously suites fro Peer Gynt, Swan Lake
    Picture at an Exhibition (piano or orchestra)
    Forgive my going against your preference, but Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is tuneful, astounding, and not vapid.
    Beethoven's Eighth is pretty good too.

    20th century:
    Petrushka
    Til Eulenspiegel; Don Juan
    Last two movements of Mahler 5, slow movement of Mahler

    Piano
    Crumb: Makrocosmos (either volume)

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    At 6, I seem to remember being quite taken with Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee and Grieg's 'Morning Mood' and 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' from his incidental music for Peer Gynt. Also Handel's Water Music. I didn't get into the Fireworks music until I was 8, but that's good fun also.

    I also liked what turned out to be Aram Khachaturian's Adagio from Spartacus (though we knew it as 'the theme from the Onedin Line'!)

    I also second an earlier suggestion for Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals.

    And since you've already got them listening to Ben's Frank Bridge Variations, the obvious next move would be to get his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra on the boil...
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    Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is a brilliant start. The concept of individual themes being a animal/character is so easy for children to enjoy. If children enjoy, they tend to want to learn. Anything complex is a no go.

    Camille Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals is another good one
    Tchaikovsky's ballet suites are another.

    Just keep it simple
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    I have two daughters and when they were little I had a playlist for them: here are some I liked:

    Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen


    Schubert: Der Jungling an der Quelle



    Puccini: Turandot - Nessun Dorma
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    This is the playlist I have for my boys, 8 and 5. It is heavy on peppy overtures and famous pieces that cultured people should be familiar with from Loony Tunes

    Rossini - William Tell Overture
    Bizet - L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 IV: Farandole
    Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1 - 1. Morgenstimmung
    Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite No.1 - 4. In der Hille des Bergkonigs
    Pachelbel - Canon in D
    Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (first movement)
    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite - March
    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite - Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
    Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker Suite - Russian Dance
    Strauss - An der Schonen, Blauen Donau
    Strauss - Radetzky March
    Konigratzer March
    Marsch der Finnlandischen
    Wagner - Overture to Tannhauser
    Wagner - Die Walkure (Ride of the Valykries)
    Bizet - Carmen Suite 1 - I. Prelude
    Rossini - La Gazza Ladra Overture
    von Suppe - Overture to Leichte Kavallerie
    Mozart - Sonata 16 in C major KV545
    Elgar - Enigma Variatoins - Nimrod
    Wagner - Der Fliegende Hollander Overture
    Bach - Toccata and Fugue

    They're also fans of Brahms' Hungarian Dances.
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    Copland—Billy the Kid and Rodeo
    Lukas Foss—Griffelkin
    Ravel—Mother Goose Suite and L’Enfant

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