I love rock music. By rock, I mean classic rock like The Cars and The Who, pop rock like Video Games by Lana del Rey, classic pop like Men at Work, fun rhythms like those of No Doubt, punk in the style of Green Day or the Ramones, indie groups like Arcade Fire – you are probably getting the picture here. But my recent stress level has had me longing for music I find a bit more soothing and soul satisfying.
Lately, I’ve found myself listening to the classics. My favorite composer is Vivaldi, most specifically his magnificent Four Seasons but I also adore Satie’s Gymnopédie No.1 (orchestra), Beethoven’s Für Elise (piano), the breathtakingly lovely Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Greig and his wonderful In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt. I don’t think there is a lovelier piece of music out there than Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker. I love Mozart’s symphonies, most especially Mozart Symphony #40 in G Minor, K 550 – 1. Molto Allegro.
That list is far from comprehensive, of course. All the men I listed were prolific and few of their works are anything less than stellar. Additionally, Chopin, DeBussey, Handel and countless others have all written music which I also adore. I’ve never studied music, so I won’t claim to know anything about the pieces that I love beyond the fact that I love them. For me the pleasure derives not from a knowledge of the work but simply the joy of listening to it.
Are there any classics that you love? What are they?