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What are some of the songs in Little Einsteins' musical missions?

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Little Einsteins features classical pieces exclusively for its musical missions, with some of the most famous being Beethoven's "Für Elise," Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" and Grieg's "Peer Gynt, Suite No. I." Other selections included in the show's programs are Strauss' "Blue Danube" and Mendelssohn's "Wedding March."

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In many Little Einsteins episodes, the music is carefully selected to accompany the plot line and other artwork featured in the story. For example, in the episode entitled "Hungarian Hiccups," the musical selection is Johannes Brahms' eccentrically paced "Hungarian Dance No. 5." In the series' first episode, "Ring Around the Planet," Dvorak's dramatic and soaring "New World Symphony No. 9" is featured.

Musical selections highlighted in Little Einsteins missions span a wide number of genres and periods of stylistic production. In the episode "Pirate's Treasure," for example, young viewers are introduced to portions of Bizet's operatic masterpiece, "Carmen." In the episode called "Farmer Annie," they hear excerpts from what is arguably the greatest work of Northern Baroque composition: Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 5."

During many missions, young viewers are encouraged to follow beats and changes in musical tempo by clapping their hands or patting their knees in conjunction with action in the story. In "Rocket Safari," for instance, the team is aided through various perils by keeping time with the brilliantly frantic and accelerating melody of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee."

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