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First grade students sit on the floor of their classroom, listening attentively to the Ulysses Quartet.
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Thank you for joining the Ulysses Quartet, GBH Music's quartet in residence, today for a memorable day of music! Find the program you enjoyed on this page. Listen to and explore more great classical music at www.classical.org or by tuning to 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston. Stay in touch by subscribing to our newsletter, The Note.

Animal Friends

Students were introduced to music from different eras through musical representations of animal sounds and the concept of character in music while also exploring texture and the techniques of string instruments.

Antonio VIVALDI "Spring" from The Four Seasons
Camille SAINT-SAËNS "Swan" and "Elephant" from Carnival of the Animals
Pavel HAAS Cart, Driver, and Horse from String Quartet No. 2, "From the Monkey Mountains"
KOMITAS Song of the Little Partridge
Osvaldo GOLIJOV Tenebrae
Béla BARTÓK Allegretto pizzicato from String Quartet No. 4
Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumblebee

Around the World

Students were introduced to music from different parts of the world, exploring concepts of rhythm, harmony, style, and stringed instrument techniques.

Patricio MOLINA Selva Sonora
KOMITAS Song of the Little Partridge and Vagharshabadi Dance: Armenian traditional songs collected and arranged by the classically trained monk Komitas.
Fodé Lassana DIABATÉ Bala Faseke from Sunjata's Time: Arrangement by Jacob Garchik for the Kronos Quartet of original music for balafon
Franghiz ALI-ZADEH Reqs: Contemporary string quartet with extended techniques inspired by the wealth and variety of dance in the composer's home country of Azerbaijan.
Franz Joseph HAYDN "Presto" from String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2,”The Joke”: An example of 'traditional' classical music from Europe, with a humorous twist.
Danial Bernard ROUMAIN Klap Ur Handz from Quartet No. 5, "Rosa Parks": A uniquely American piece integrating elements of gospel and popular music.
Rune Tonsgaard SØRENSEN Shine You No More: A piece in the style of Danish fiddle music that includes some improvisation.

With more than 50 performances and events scheduled over the next year, the Ulysses Quartet, GBH’s first quartet in residence, is connecting with listeners of all backgrounds and ages.

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