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Would you help me with some classical music suggestions please?

Asked by RedPowerLady (12593points) November 1st, 2009
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I would love to know your favorite classical music pieces. I want to play them while I am pregnant, not because of the idea that it makes baby smarter but I really feel like she likes it. And I know I do. Unfortunately I have no classical music education and really don’t even know where to begin. The only song I really know (and love) is Fur Elise. Thanx in Advance.

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dpworkin's avatar

Try Chopin Preludes
Schubert Quartets
Beethoven String Quartets
Bach Partitas for unaccompanied cello
Wanda Landowska playing Scarlatti on the harpsichord

If you like any or all of those I’ll suggest more.

PretentiousArtist's avatar

Cannibal Corpse

PretentiousArtist's avatar

Seriously, anything by Velvet Underground

DominicX's avatar

I love answering these questions, but it’s also kind of hard because there’s so much classical music and it can be so different from each other that it’s hard to pick pieces.

But I will recommend some pieces:

Faure – Pavane in F# minor, Op. 50
Mascagni – Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Anything by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Ravel – Daphnis and Chloe
Ravel – Mother Goose Suite (Ma Mere L’Oye)
Dvorak – Humoresques
Elgar – Salut d’Amour
Bizet – Anything from the L’Arlesienne Suite
Boyce – Symphony No. 4

Of course, my favorite pieces are Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Tchaikovsky’s three ballets, Delibes’ three ballets, any symphony by Mahler or Shostakovich, and any composition by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Also, that link @cyndihugs posted is a good one; I have seen those videos before. It’s a good sampler in chronological order.

troubleinharlem's avatar

Anything by Mozart.

Jacqueline Dupre’s Bach Suites

Theme from Howl’s Moving Castle

I have more – I’ll comment them when I have a full keyboard.

DominicX's avatar

When I was younger, my all-time favorite piece in the universe was Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture. It still remains in my Top 10. Everyone should like it. :)

janbb's avatar

Mozart’s Trout Quintet
Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
Dvorak’s New World Symphony

KatawaGrey's avatar

Well, I’m not really a fan of classical music but Vivaldi just makes me weep. I’m also a big fan of Beethoven. One piece that you might like is Bach’s Air. It is beautiful and almost does sound like air put to music.

Also, I didn’t know you were pregnant. Congratulations!!!

Judi's avatar

Pachelbel Canon in D Major Makes me cry almost every time I hear it. I don’t know of any other song that stirs more emotion in me. I am listening to it now. Thanks for asking the question. I will sleep well tonight. ;-)

Saturated_Brain's avatar

I hope you don’t mind but I’m gonna be lazy and post a screenshot of my iTunes. You can see them in order of most-played and the composer is right next to the title.

However, here are a few others..

Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor Op. 16 (there are a few movements in this piece. The youtube link is only for the first movement)
Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite (you must listen to it at least once!)
Debussy’s Clair de Lune
George Butterworth’s Banks of Green Willow, idyll for Orchestra is wonderful too
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (This is the winter extract, perhaps my favourite season of the set)
Rimsky-Koraskov’s Scheherazade (This is The Young Prince and Princess, there are a few more other titles in the sutie)
Bach is good Baroque. Heck. He’s one of the defining composers of the Baroque period. Here’s one of my favourite pieces of his, Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: III. Allegro (there are sooo many other pieces in the concerto [funny, the youtube recording is in a key lower than the one in my iTunes])
Ravel’s Bolero should be listened to at least once by everyone. Although this video is somewhat… ermm… suggestive (some say this piece was meant to signify sex and subsequent orgasm)..
Elgar’s Salut D’amour is enough to make me fly into musical heaven.
And if you’ve never heard Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue you’ve never lived (very jazzy piece. Although this video appears to be a shorter version of the actual thing). Do yourself a favour. Watch the Fantasia version of it. Part 1 and 2 (it’s more entertaining).

Okay, there are so many more, but I need to get off now. If you like what I’ve posted just feel free to ask me.

If you’re into piano classical, head over to It’s where pianists from all over the world upload pieces they’ve played. You can find scores and read the short bios of composers (although I still prefer wiki).

So much for being lazy..

DominicX's avatar

@Saturated_Brain Ooh…I second all of those! Especially Vaughn Williams and Bolero. The only one I haven’t heard is the Butterworth one…I’ll have to check it out.

Another one: Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. One of my mom’s favorite pieces. I’m listening to it right now.

dpworkin's avatar

Mozart’s Trout Quintet, janbb? You mean the one Schubert wrote? What are you, a few twigs short of a bonfire?

ccrow's avatar

I like Vivaldi; also baroque & renaissance music featuring recorders such as Telemann & Purcell.

JONESGH's avatar

this isn’t classical, but instrumental. you might like it, the band is explosions in the sky.

andrew's avatar

Van Cliburn playing Rachmaninoff. The very, very, very best. Also his Debussy is very good, but his Rachmaninoff. Is. Amazing.

loser's avatar

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 is my favorite.

mcbealer's avatar

The Bach Cello Suites performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

dpworkin's avatar

I like the Bach Cello Suites played by the Hip-Hop cellist, Yo Mama.

JONESGH's avatar

@pdworkin hahaha GA

evegrimm's avatar

I prefer Romantic- and early-20th-era composers to most others; if I listen to older compositions, it’s usually because they are in a minor key.

I really like Dvorak, especially his New World Symphony. (4th Mvmt.)

I like Andrys’ piano playing, especially this Chopin Prelude

and this Bach Prelude. (Sorry about the weird spacing…the code is acting funny.)

I’d like to second Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, as well as Tchaikovsky (really, all he’s written is amazing). I really like his Romeo and Juliet (most overused love theme ever, at 3:06) as well as his Swan Lake (theme, careful, it will get stuck in your head!).

I like a lot of Debussy, including his Children’s Corner, Arabesques, Estampes, Pour le Piano and a couple individual pieces. However, I adore his Suite Bergamasque (Prelude, Passepied, Menuet and Clair de Lune). Prelude. (Clair de Lune does get overplayed, though, especially after Ocean’s Eleven.)

Gustav Holst is another favorite, especially with the Planets Suite (Jupiter and Mars) although his First and Second Suite (second 2 mvmts) are also very, very good.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

@evegrimm I see a fellow classical fan. How? You’re willing to go and link to all them youtube videos. Fanatic.

@RedPowerLady Let us know how the music goes. For some reason I’m itching to recommend more music.

janbb's avatar

@pdworkin More and more twigs shy of a bonfire all the time! I was doing a quick last Fluther before sleep – wasn’t sure it was the right composer but posted anyway knowing some alte cocker would correct me if I was wrong.

dpworkin's avatar

excuses, excuses

janbb's avatar

I don’t pretend to be an expert in everything.

dpworkin's avatar

I’m no expert, but I play one on Fluther.

filmfann's avatar

Debussy’s Clair de Lune is impossibly beautiful.

RedPowerLady's avatar

Thanx so much for the great answers. Hubby has promised to download the music for me (he love doing that). I will certainly let you know how it goes!!!

fundevogel's avatar

Erik Satie – Gnossienes
Sergei Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto #3

There’s also Moondog, though he’s…I’m not quite sure what you’d call his music. It might be closer to jazz than classical. If you’re interested in jazz too I’d recommend Django Reinhardt.

janbb's avatar

@fundevogel If you like SAtie and are ever in France, there is a great Erik Satie musuem in Honfleur. It is one of the best, most imaginative museums I’ve ever been in.

fundevogel's avatar

@janbb thanks, I’ll keep that in mind. He deserved a kooky museum.

Sparky_'s avatar

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Dalia, Act 3
Camille Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Debussy: La Mer
Dvorak: Zlaty kolovrat (The Golden Spinning Wheel)
George Enescu: Romainian Rhapsody No. 1
Kalinnikov: Symphony No. 1
Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi – O Mio Babbin Caro
Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe
Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead
Rimsky Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel Suite
Rimsky Korsakov: The Invisible City of Kitezh
Rimsky Korsakov: Symphony No. 2
Sibelius: En Saga
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Philadelphia conducted by Muti!!!)
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Ballet Suite
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

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