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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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Year Composed: 1721 (Baroque Period)

Duration: 5:51

Performed by: Capella Istropolitana

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Year Composed: 1812 (Classical Period)

Duration: 3:51

Performed by: Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5: First Movement

Year Composed: 1807 (Classical Period)

Duration: 7:14

Performed by: Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia

Béla Drahos, Conductor

Georges Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite: Farandole

Year Composed: 1872 (Romantic Period)

Duration: 3:10

Performed by: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Anthony Bramall, Conductor

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5

Year Composed: 1869 (Romantic Period)

Duration: 2:17

Performed by: Budapest Symphony Orchestra

István Bogár, Conductor

Benjamin Britten: Simple Symphony: Playful Pizzicato

Year Composed: 1934 (Modern Period)

Duration: 3:18

Performed by: Bournemouth Sinfonietta

Richard Studt, Conductor

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

Year Composed: 1838 (Romantic Period)

Duration: 6:25

Aaron Copland: Rodeo: Hoe-Down

Year Composed: 1942 (Modern Period)

Duration: 3:20

Performed by: Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)

Stephen Gunzenhauser, Conductor

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring: Variations on a Shaker Tune

Year Composed: 1944 (Modern Period)

Duration: 3:10

Performed by: Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)

Stephen Gunzenhauser, Conductor