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In the 18th century,this composer went from being the leading voice of Italian opera to being a composer of immensely popular oratorios. This work was the first to be set entirely to a biblical text, by someone with whom the composer would later collaborate. The audience wasn’t sure what to make of it at first, and the work went through countless revisions throughout the years. This piece features some very colorful writing—particularly when God rains various plagues upon the characters and the music cleverly depicts buzzing locusts and leaping frogs.

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Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert: I am the very model of a modern Major General
Richard Stuart/Orch & Chorus Welsh National Opera/Charles Mackerras — Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance (Telarc, 1993)
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Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert: I am the very model of a modern Major General
Richard Stuart/Orch & Chorus Welsh National Opera/Charles Mackerras — Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance (Telarc, 1993)
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Joseph Haydn: “Now verdure fills the medows”
Sylvia McNair/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner — Die Schöpfung (The Creation) (Archiv Produktion, 2007)
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Richard Wagner: Introduction and Excerpts from Act I
Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival/Clemens Krauss — Das Rheingold (Gala, 2000)
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Georg Philipp Telemann: "The frogs" Concerto, first movement
Pavio Beznosiuk, vln/New London Consort/Philip Pickett — Water Music; Alster Overture; "The Frogs" Concerto (Decca, 1999)
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John Lennon & Paul McCartney: Glass onion; Honey pie
The Beatles — The white album (EMI, 2009)
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Edgar Varese: Density 21.5
Jacques Zoon, flute — Varèse: The Complete Works (London / Decca, 1998)
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Aaron Copland: “I bought me a cat”; “The Little Horses”
Thomas Hampson, voice/St. Paul Chamber Orchestra — Old American Songs (Teldec, 1994)
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John Williams: Jurassic Park main themes
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel — The Great Fantasy Adventure Album (Telarc, 1994)
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Claude Debussy: Images, Goldfish
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano — Images / Études (Teldec, 2003)
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Toru Takemitsu: Excerpts from "Spirit Garden"
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop — A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garde (Naxos, 2006)
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George Frideric Handel: “He spake the word”; “And He gave them hailstones for rain”
Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner, — Israel in Egypt (Erato, 1992)
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Mamoru Fujieda: First Collection: Pattern One
Mamoru Fujieda — Patterns of Plants (Tzadik, 1997)
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Fred Schneider and Ricky Wilson: Rock lobster
The B-52s — B-52's (Reprise / Wea, 1990)
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