Works suggested for the theme:    Animals

Alburger, Mark Animal Farm, Grand Zoological Fantasy-Variations for Chamber Orchestra   (32 short movements, each for a different critter)
Bach, J.S. Sheep May Safely Graze    
Bartok Bear Dance from Hungarian Pictures    
Bolcom, William Seattle Slew Suite Presser (Seattle Slew was a racehorse)
Colgrass, Michael As Quiet As   (one movement is called "Ants Crawling")
Copland The Red Pony Boosey  
Dorff, Daniel Three Fun Fables MMB Premiered by The Philadelphia Orchestra, all levels can perform; 1. The Fox and the Crow; 2. The Dog and His Reflection; 3. The Tortoise and the Hare)
Griffes, Charles Tomlinson The White Peacock    
Hartke, Stephen Maltese Cat Blues MMB cool piece, won the Louisville Orchestra Prize, performed by university and professional orchestras
Haydn Symphony No. 82, "The Bear"    
Haydn Symphony No. 83, "La Poule"    
Hoiby, Lee Overture to a Farce Fleisher Collection (the overture to his opera "Something New at the Zoo")
Hovhaness And God Created Great Whales    
Mussorgsky Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells, from Pictures at an Exhibition    
PDQ Bach Canine Cantata, “Wachet Arf!” S. K9 (“Sleeping Dogs Awake!”) Presser  
Rautavaara, Einojuhani Cantus arcticus, concerto for birds and orchestra Warner  
Respighi Gli Uccelli (The Birds)    
Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals    
Schelle, Michael Spider Baby MMB  
Sibelius Swan of Tuonela, from Lemminkainen Suite    
Strauss, Johann, Jr. Overture the Bat, from Die Fledermaus    
Stravinsky Song of the Nightingale    
Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake    
Thomson, Virgil The Alligator and the 'Coon, Boy Fights Alligator, etc., from "Louisiana Story"    
Thomson, Virgil Sea Piece with Birds Schirmer  
Vaughan-Williams The Wasps, overture    
Walker, Gwyneth Fanfare for the Family Farm MMB (milking the cow is a fun part of this piece)
Walton The Bear (opera)    
Wells, Katherine Gladney The Hare and the Tortoise MMB for narrator and orchestra; Premiered by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, all levels can perform.
White, Paul Five Miniatures for Orchestra   (No. 4, Hippo Dance; No. 5, Mosquito Dance)
Wiliams, Julius March of the Giant Pandas MMB Written to mark the arrival of pandas to the national zoo in Washington DC
Zwilich, Ellen Peanuts Gallery   (includes "Snoopy does the Samba")

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