This site is a library of 250 audio recordings by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The recordings are complete performances of works by composers from 1720 to the present. Users may browse the collection by composer, conductor, musician, genre, country or title. Program notes about the composer and the work are included.
Type of Material:
A collection of audio recordings.
This collection of high quality recordings is recommended for music appreciation, music literature, music history and music analysis courses.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learning goals of this site are to introduce students to the chamber orchestra repertoire, to use the site as a reference for music appreciation and as a general classical music listening library.
Target Student Population:
High school, college and conservatory level students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No pre-requisites needed for this material.
The strengths of this collection is the high quality of the recordings and the variety of chamber orchestra literature available. Program notes that are provided are also a strength. Works of lesser known composers as well as works from the 20th century add a value to this collection.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This collection is ideal for a music appreciation or a music literature course. Students could be introduced to the chamber music repertoire from a given time period and then assigned to listen to several other recordings in the collection from the same time period or a different time period for comparison. Program notes make these recordings specially useful for music history and music appreciation students.
Other than program notes, background information on the composers or music in the collection is not provided. It would be up to a teacher to provide any historical or analytical context for the recordings from this collection.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is user friendly, well organized and easy to navigate.
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