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The theme music that opens and closes each Classics for Kids® program is Dance of the Hours from Amilcare Ponchielli's ballet La Gioconda.

Amilcare Ponchielli - La Gioconda: Dance of the Hours

Duration: 1:57
Composed in 1876 (Romantic Period)
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava; Ondrej Lenard, conductor

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2: Movement 1

Duration: 5:51
Composed in 1721 (Baroque Period)
Performed by Capella Istropolitana; Bohdan Warchal, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8: Movement 2

Duration: 3:51
Composed in 1812 (Classical Period)
Performed by Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia; Bela Drahos, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5: First Movement

Duration: 7:14
Composed in 1807 (Classical Period)
Performed by Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia; Béla Drahos, conductor

Georges Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite: Farandole

Duration: 3:10
Composed in 1872 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Anthony Bramall, conductor

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5

Duration: 2:17
Composed in 1869 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Budapest Symphony Orchestra; István Bogár, conductor

Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony: Playful Pizzicato

Duration: 3:18
Composed in 1934 (Modern Period)
Performed by Bournemouth Sinfonietta; Richard Studt, conductor

Frédéric Chopin: Polonaise in A Major: No. 1, "Military"

Duration: 6:25
Composed in 1838 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Bournemouth Sinfonietta; , conductor

Aaron Copland: Rodeo: Hoe-Down

Duration: 3:20
Composed in 1942 (Modern Period)
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava); Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring: Variations on a Shaker Tune

Duration: 3:10
Composed in 1944 (Modern Period)
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava); Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor

Antonin Dvorák: Slavonic Dance No. 7

Duration: 3:28
Composed in 1878 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Zdenek Kosler, conductor

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue: Andante

Duration: 5:34
Composed in 1924 (Modern Period)
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava); Richard Hayman, conductor

Edvard Grieg: The Peer Gynt Suite: In the Hall of the Mountain King

Duration: 2:37
Composed in 1875 (Romantic Period)
Performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor

George Frideric Handel: Water Music: Hornpipe

Duration: 2:59
Composed in 1717 (Baroque Period)
Performed by Capella Istropolitana; Bohdan Warchal, conductor

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 94, "Surprise": Second Movement

Duration: 5:56
Composed in 1791 (Classical Period)
Performed by Camerata Cassovia; Johannes Wildner, conductor

Gustav Holst: The Planets: Jupiter

Duration: 7:57
Composed in 1914 (Modern Period)
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra; Adrian Leaper, conductor

Dmitri Kabalevsky: The Comedians: Galop

Duration: 1:38
Composed in 1940 (Modern Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Kenneth Jean, conductor

Zoltán Kodály: Háry János Suite: Viennese Musical Clock

Duration: 2:08
Composed in 1926 (Modern Period)
Performed by Hungarian State Orchestra; Mátyás Antal, conductor

Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo

Duration: 4:51
Composed in 1843 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Anthony Bramall, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, maman"

Duration: 3:28
Composed in 1781 (Classical Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; , conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 11 in A: Turkish Rondo

Duration: 3:24
Composed in 1783 (Classical Period)

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade

Duration: 1:53
Composed in 1874 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Daviel Nazareth, conductor

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: Gnomes

Duration: 2:39
Composed in 1874 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Daviel Nazareth, conductor

Jacques Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld: Can-Can

Duration: 4:11
Composed in 1858 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice); , conductor

Sergei Prokofiev: Lt. Kijé Suite: Troika

Duration: 2:59
Composed in 1933 (Modern Period)
Performed by Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Mogrelia, conductor

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee

Duration: 1:33
Composed in 1899 (Romantic Period)
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra; Anthony Bramall, conductor

Gioachino Rossini: William Tell Overture: Finale

Duration: 6:25
Composed in 1829 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Zagreb Festival Orchestra; Michael Halász, conductor

Franz Schubert: Marche Militaire

Duration: 4:53
Composed in 1822 (Romantic Period)

Robert Schumann: Album for the Young: The Happy Farmer

Duration: 0:50
Composed in 1848 (Romantic Period)

John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Duration: 3:54
Composed in 1896 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Richard Hayman and His Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hayman, conductor

Johann Strauss Jr.: Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Duration: 2:48
Composed in 1858 (Romantic Period)
Performed by CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Igor Stravinksy: The Firebird: Infernal Dance

Duration: 4:17
Composed in 1910 (Modern Period)
Performed by BRT Philharmonic Orchestra; Alexander Rahbari, conductor

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker: Russian Dance

Duration: 1:06
Composed in 1891 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava); Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker: Dance of the Reed Pipes

Duration: 2:14
Composed in 1891 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava); Ondrej Lenard, conductor

Giuseppe Verdi: Aida: Triumphal March

Duration: 7:23
Composed in 1871 (Romantic Period)
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Dohnányi, conductor

Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Spring

Duration: 3:33
Composed in 1723 (Baroque Period)
Performed by Capella Istropolitana; Stephen Gunzenhauser, conductor

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