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Music is so personal.  It can pump you up, calm you down, make you feel horrible, wonderful, in love with love or be an impetus for worship.

Obviously, I could never catalog all good music.  On this page, I will attempt to offer some suggestions of pieces that could be a springboard into a new genre for you.

A lot of the  Classical Music can be found in the library or at popular music stores for very little money.  There are also some sites that will let you listen to the music for free.  One really great one is youtube where you can see performances of these pieces to help decide which to add to your Classical Music Library.

Classical Music

(for our purposes, music without words)

For this section we will split the music into categories based on time periods.  There are earlier time periods such as Medieval/Gothic and Renaissance.  We will concentrate on the following areas.  Please see other sites for a more in-depth knowledge.  MF Files has a wonderful section on the history of Western Classical Music and the difference between the various time periods.

Baroque music

Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Air on a G- String
  • Bist du Bei Mir
  • Brandenburg Concertos (most famous is #2 – i: Allegro Moderato)
  • Cello Suite # 1 in G Major (Prelude)
  • Gigue in G
  • His Sheep May Safely Graze
  • Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Toccata and Fugue in D minor

George Frederic Handel

  • Acis and Galatea (Opera)
  • Coronation Anthems – Zadok the Priest, The King Shall Rejoice, My Heart is Inditing,
  • Cuckoo and the Nightingale  (Organ)
  • Harmonious Blacksmith, the (Organ)
  • Israel in Egypt (Oratorio)
  • Messiah, The
  • Music for the Royal Fireworks
  • Scipione (Grenadier Guards March)
  • Water Music

Johann Pachelbel –

  • Canon in D

Antonio Vivaldi –

  • The Four Seasons

Classical period music

Franz Joseph Haydn

  • Symphony No. 94 in G Major – the Surprise
  • Trumpet Concerto
  • Symphony No. 101, The Clock Symphony
  • The Emperor Symphony
  • The Creation
  • The Seasons

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart –

Franz Schubert-

Ludwig van Beethoven-

Romantic era music

Frederic Chopin-

Claude Debussy-

Antonin Dvorak-

Edvard Grieg

Franz Liszt-

Felix Mendelssohn-

Robert Schumann –

Jean Sibelius –

  • Finlandia, Op. 26

Richard Wagner-

Pyotr Tchaikovsky-

  • 1812 Overture
  • The Nutcracker Ballet Suite
  • Romeo and Juliet Ballet
  • The Sleeping Beauty Ballet
  • Swan Lake Ballet

20th century, modern, and contemporary music

Aaron Copland-

  • Appalachian Spring
  • Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Hoedown
  • Rodeo

Sergei Prokofiev-

Richard Strauss-

Sergei Rachmaninov-

Maurice Ravel-

  • Bolero

Igor Stravinsky-

  • The Firebird

Ralph Vaughan Williams-

  • Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • The Lark Ascending

Movie Soundtracks

With the advent of Movies came the genre of Movie Music.  This genre is so rich and moving.  Again, I have no ability to catalog all of the music (the site Sound track DB does an excellent job) but I have listed some of my favorite works.

Ilan Eshkeri –

  • Stardust
  • The Young Victoria

John Barry –

  • Out of Africa
  • Dances With Wolves
  • Somewhere in Time

John Williams – (pretty much name the blockbuster movie and JW has his hand in it!  Here are just a few of my favorite -)

  • ET
  • Harry Potter
  • Hook
  • Indiana Jones
  • Star Wars

Mark Knopfler –

  • The Princess Bride

Michael Giacchino-

  • Star Trek (2009)

Rachael Portman –

  • Emma
  • Only You

4 thoughts on “Music”

  1. I love soundtracks and I think that she does such a particularly nice job! What else do you like Katie?

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