Around the World in 80 Pieces

This week’s 10th-anniversary celebrations are taking us on a trip around the world, as we reminisce about events we’ve streamed live from Pyongyang, Paris, Mumbai, and even the moon!

But of course, every piece of music takes us on a journey in a way.

Figaro entertains us from Seville, we wait anxiously for Pinkerton to return with Butterfly in Nagasaki, and we venture deep into the Underworld with Orpheus. Chopin’s mazurkas transport us to a Polish village, and Dvorak’s Slavonic dances pull us into Bohemian history. With classical music as our travel guide, let’s see if we can make it around the world in 80 pieces…


Adams, Doctor Atomic (New Mexico)
Archer, Northern Landscape (Northern Canada)
Bernstein, Trouble in Tahiti (American suburbia — not Tahiti!)
Bernstein, Wonderful Town (NYC)
Chavez, Sinfonia India (Mexico)
Copland, Appalachian Spring (Appalachia)
Copland, Rodeo (the Southern United States)
Gershwin, Cuban Overture (Cuba)

Gershwin, Porgy and Bess (Charleston)
Glass, The Perfect American (Missouri / California)
Ginastera, Danzas Argentinas (Argentina)
Grainger, The Beaches of Lukannon (Aleutian Islands, off the coast of Alaska)
Heggie, Moby-Dick (off the Atlantic coast)
Henderson, Lindy (Uluru, in the Australian Outback)
Louie, Mulroney: The Opera (Ottawa)
Moore, The Ballad of Baby Doe (Colorado)
Piazzolla, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires)
Puccini, La fanciulla del West (California)
Purcell, The Indian Queen (Central America)
Schafer, Music for Wilderness (rural Ontario)
Somers, Louis Riel (Western Canada)
Villa-Lobos, Choros (Brazil)
Wuorinen, Brokeback Mountain (Wyoming)



Bellini, Adelson e Selvini (Ireland)
Boito, Mefistofele (Greece)
Brahms, Hungarian Dances (Hungary)
Britten, Peter Grimes (Aldeburgh)

Britten, The Turn of the Screw (the English countryside)
Chopin, Three Mazurkas (Poland)
De Falla, El Sombrero de tres picos (Andalusia)
Dvorak, Moravian Duets (former Moravia, now Eastern Czech Republic)
Enescu, Romanian Rhapsodies (Romania)
Gershwin, An American in Paris (Paris)
Honegger, Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Rouen)
Janáček, The Makropulos Case (Prague)
Løvenskiold, La Sylphide (the Scottish countryside)
Messiaen, The Quartet for the End of Time (a German prisoner-of-war camp)

Milhaud, Le Train bleu (the French Riviera)
Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Rome)
Monteverdi, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria (Ithaca)
Paganini, Carnival of Venice (Venice)
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet (Verona)
Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Seville)
Rossini, William Tell (Switzerland)
Sallinen, The Horseman (Finland, Russia)
Smetana, Ma vlast (Czech Republic)
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos (Naxos)
Strauss, Die Fledermaus (Vienna)
Vives, Dona Francisquita (Madrid)
Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Nuremberg)
Wagner, The Flying Dutchman (the Norwegian coast)
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (Cornwall, Brittany)


Berlioz, Les Troyens (Tunisia)
Grieg, Peer Gynt (the North African desert)
Lully, Persée (Ethiopia)
Saariaho, L’amour de loin (Libya)
Weill, Lost in the Stars (South Africa)
Verdi, Aida (Egypt)


Glass, Nixon in China (Beijing)
Handel, Tamerlano (Northwestern Turkey)
Mantovani, Siddharta (India)
Messiaen, Turangalilia (Indonesia)
Mozart, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Turkey)
Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov (Moscow)
Nielsen, Aladdin (Iran, China, and many more destinations!)
O’Boyle, Concerto for Didgeridoo and Orchestra
Puccini, Madama Butterfly (Nagasaki)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Festival Overture (Russia)
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade (Baghdad, among other Middle Eastern locations)
Shaoyu, You and Me (China)
Stravinsky, Petrushka (the Russian countryside)

Takemitsu, November Steps (Japan)
Tchaikovsky, Queen of Spades (St. Petersburg)
Tsujii, Elegy for the Victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011 (the Pacific coast of Japan)


Berlioz, La damnation de Faust (Hell)
Liszt, A Symphony to Dante’s Divine Comedy (Purgatory)
Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld (Hell)
Talbot, Alice in Wonderland (Wonderland)
Wagner, Das Rheingold (Valhalla)

Check out our Around-the-World playlist!

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