Classical Music is changing my life

I've always had a wide range of taste in music, from Art Blakey and Max Roach, Elvis to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Stones, to Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, to Johnny Mathis and Billy Joel, to Green Day and the Offspring, to Drake and Kendrick Lamar and J Cole, to David Guetta, and Kygo and Illenium etc etc.Β 

But recently I've been exposed to classical music by my best friend from high school who used to work at Lazard but then uprooted his life a few years ago to study music in Zurich and travel around Europe playing the organ.Β 

I must say classical music is really profound. Not to sound cheesy but it really can take you through a wide range of emotions and feels much more like an experience than just listening to a song. It's helped me stay more focused when working, its helped me wind down when Im trying to sleep, its helped me feel better when im in a bad mood, its made going for a walk much more therapeutic. Its motivated me to be more creative, more empathetic, more interested in other people and things.

It's really hard to explain but Im glad to be able to experience these things from music that I've never been exposed to before. Initially Mozart and Bach then Brahms and Schubert and Schumann. Liszt and Chopin and Debussy, Haydn and lately Gustav Mahler has been blowing my mind.Β 

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My mom used to love this song

Beethoven - FΓΌr Elise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVW8tgGY_w

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Nuwanda, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I used to listen to Killing in the Name by Rage Against The Machine before big tests. Then it became Stairway to Heaven.

I do like classical music though, particularly the controversial composers like Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Wagner. As OP mentioned, Mahler is great. So are Vivaldi and Grieg. Rimsky-Korsakov is also worth listening to.

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My_Mayflower, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Interesting. I've heard that Steve Jobs also listened to music(

Β as I recall) before big events.

Does it help you calm down? or does it make you more focused?

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Moritz Mickelweiß, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How's she been doing, Isaiah? Have you been able to see her lately?

The mother of idiots is always pregnant.
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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Moritz Mickelweiß

How's she been doing, Isaiah? Have you been able to see her lately?

Thanks for asking - yeah she is doing well - I saw her this week - she was very happy to see me.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž

My mom used to love this song

Beethoven - FΓΌr Elise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVW8tgGY_w

I am not bothered in general by MS, but MS for this post really bothers me. These were special moments shared by my mom and I in the past when we heard this song. She would always say "do you know what song this is?" and then name the song.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Pierogi Equities, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I remember playing it a talent show in elementary school

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Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž

My mom used to love this song

Beethoven - FΓΌr Elise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVW8tgGY_w

One of the most famous classical pieces of all time, and indisputably perfection. The people throwing MS are likely haters / children, so I would disregard. Hope your mom is doing as well as possible Isiah, Happy Thanksgiving man

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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Deal Team Six
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž

My mom used to love this song

Beethoven - FΓΌr Elise
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVW8tgGY_w

One of the most famous classical pieces of all time, and indisputably perfection. The people throwing MS are likely haters / children, so I would disregard. Hope your mom is doing as well as possible Isiah, Happy Thanksgiving man

Thanks bro - appreciate it.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Gustav Mahler, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Mahler is great

β€œThe important thing is never to let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries; to continue steadfastly on one's way without letting oneself be either defeated by failure or diverted by applause.”
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tokeville, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Love Fur Elise, listened to that a bunch as a kid. Also really love Bach's cello suite 1 - prelude. Can't quite explain why. Love yo-yo ma playing it:Β https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1prweT95Mo0&ab_channel=YoYoMaVEVO

That music video is a little weird but honestly digging it.Β 

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Moritz Mickelweiß, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One of my favorites has always been Mozart'sΒ Requiem in D Minor,Β especially the Dies IraeΒ sequence andΒ LacrimosaΒ movement. It is truly an exceptional piece of sacred music. The fact that Mozart wrote itΒ as he was dyingΒ is the ultimate testament to his prowess as a composer.

When I have passed away at an old and ripe age, I wish for the choirs to sing this beautiful piece as my family mourns their late patriarch during the Requiem Mass.

The mother of idiots is always pregnant.
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Synergy_or_Syzygy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Beethoven's Symphony 9 can still move me to tears. The music, the lyrics' meaning, and the context of Beethoven himself on premier night, almost fully deaf, needing to be turned around at the end to see the crowd's jubilant reaction. It's overwhelming if you surrender to it.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Gucci Loafers

driving with classical music is a-whole-nother level

I'm going to try this

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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theAudiophile, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My_Mayflower

Kinda off topic, but do you have a quality audio setup? Or do you just enjoy your music through airpods?

Per username: Rega Elex integrated amp (still got my NAD C326BEE kicking around just in case), pair of Rega RS5s from an older system, no sub since I'm in an apartment, Sennheiser HD598 headphones.

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Gustav Mahler, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you like Mahler give Bruckner a listen. Fantastic work.

β€œThe important thing is never to let oneself be guided by the opinion of one's contemporaries; to continue steadfastly on one's way without letting oneself be either defeated by failure or diverted by applause.”
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kirklandsignature, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Awesome to get into a new passion. Does anyone have some good starting points? I would love to get into classical too but it just feels so vast, and the Spotify playlists just don't cut it.Β 
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Any key artists by vibes, instruments, etc? Good starting points?Β 

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houseplant, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Spotify classical algos are shit so here's my biased incomplete skim of the canon typed from my phone.

Symphonies: Mozart (25, 41) Beethoven (5,6,7,9), Brahms (all, there's only 4), Tchaikovsky (4,5,6), Mahler (2, 5, 9), Shostakovich (5,9). New York Philharmonic, chicago symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia orchestra are gonna be your old school heavy hitter American orchestras, but basically any major city orchestra. Vienna, Berlin, London, imo the rest of Europe starts falling off but like I said I'm biased.

Bach violin partitas (Hilary Hahn, I'm partial to her recording of no. 2), Paganini caprices (Perlman), Bach cello suites obviously (no. 1 is the one in like, jewelry commercials. yo yo ma, obviously, but def Rostropovich too). Bach Goldberg variations (Glenn Gould)

Random other orchestral pieces: Debussy (la mer), Ravel (Bolero, piano concerto, string quartet, which is not orch but throwing it in), Rimsky Korsakov (Scheherazade), Stravinsky (firebird, rite of spring), Berlioz (Symphonie Fantastique, this one's a fun one)

It's worth skimming the wikis for these as you listen, some of them have stories like Scheherazade, interesting historical/political contexts like Shostakovich and Stravinsky

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theAudiophile, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Peer Gint, Gustav Holst,Β  Franz Listz, Swan Lake, Blue Danube, Chopin,Β Rimsky-Korsakov,Β Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Domenico Scarlatti,Β Camille Saint-SaΓ«ns

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Deo et Patriae, what's your opinion? Comment below:

That's great to hear you have gotten into classical music.

I'm a life long lover of classical music myself. My parents only listened to classical music at home and I studied music in the classical tradition (as an extracurricular) growing up. Over my life I've easily attended more classical music concerts than ball games, which I think very few people on WSO could say the same!

If you like Mahler, then you should seriously consider exploring Wagner as well. Wagner's music is not as accessible as some of the other composers on your list since his major works are often so epic and gargantuan (and mainly operatic), but between Mahler and Wagner, the latter is clearly the more "important" (for lack of a better term) composer in the history of classical music. Moreover, though they were not contemporaries, Mahler was heavily influenced by Wagner's music and it clearly shows in Mahler's music.

I also found it curious that you didn't mention any of the Russian composers in your original post (e.g. Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, etc.) - they are worth exploring imo.

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Ehmerica, what's your opinion? Comment below:

People talk about the first metal artist and will toss around Black Sabbath and zeppelin. The reality is its Bach. I fortunately exposed to classical music via my guitar teacher when I was in high school. It made me a much more proficient player and really helped me to list to the music for context. For me certain things like a harpsichord does wonders for my mind. The dancing and tingling sounds ignite a series of sparks in my mind that help me to connect to what I'm focusing on or retain what I was learning.

The level of intellect it takes to compose a symphony is massive. To make it even more impressive realize that none of the people performing on a recording are hacks. You are listening to nothing but hard work delivered with all parts adding a drop to a gallon of expression. Next to nothing can compete. For me classical helped my studies in college. Hours at the library listening to Beethoven made way for Latin honors. At work listening to John Williams (guitarist) will help me focus and wrap my head around what needs to be accomplished on a more creative level. However, when it's grind time, Slayer is a great. When it is just a series of mindless alt-key strokes and borderline muscle memory I can fly.

Music is a drug and a powerful one.

Only two sources I trust, Glenn Beck and singing woodland creatures.
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SafariJoe, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Fast and Fiduciary

I've always had a wide range of taste in music, from Art Blakey and Max Roach, Elvis to the Beatles, Beach Boys, Stones, to Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, to Johnny Mathis and Billy Joel, to Green Day and the Offspring, to Drake and Kendrick Lamar and J Cole, to David Guetta, and Kygo and Illenium etc etc.Β 

But recently I've been exposed to classical music by my best friend from high school who used to work at Lazard but then uprooted his life a few years ago to study music in Zurich and travel around Europe playing the organ.Β 

I must say classical music is really profound. Not to sound cheesy but it really can take you through a wide range of emotions and feels much more like an experience than just listening to a song. It's helped me stay more focused when working, its helped me wind down when Im trying to sleep, its helped me feel better when im in a bad mood, its made going for a walk much more therapeutic. Its motivated me to be more creative, more empathetic, more interested in other people and things.

It's really hard to explain but Im glad to be able to experience these things from music that I've never been exposed to before. Initially Mozart and Bach then Brahms and Schubert and Schumann. Liszt and Chopin and Debussy, Haydn and lately Gustav Mahler has been blowing my mind.Β 

Glad you have expanded your music choices. I love various classical music and baroque, enjoy.

SafariJoe, wins again!
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jarstar1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No one has really mentioned Tchaikovsky, who I feel is one of the best Romantic-era composers. Swan Lake, Symphonies 4 and 6, and Serenade for Strings are all such incredible, accomplished works.Β 

I've been getting into Minimalism, too. Gavin Bryars' The Sinking of the Titanic and Arvo PΓ€rt's Speigel im Speigel are both incredible pieces.Β 

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APAE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This thread made me smile.

Since so many wonderful composers have been mentioned, I'll add ones that have been omitted so far.

Dvorak. Nearly everyone will recognize Humoresque by sound. Opus 92, the Carnival Overture, is a triumph. The New World Symphony is a masterpiece.

Rachmaninoff. Opus 18, his second piano concerto, is rich.

Copland. Fanfare for a Common Man should be required listening as part of the grade school curriculum.

I am permanently behind on PMs, it's not personal.

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LinkedInPremium, what's your opinion? Comment below:

So funny. I played an instrument at a high level for 9 years of my life but fell away from it with everything I had going on in my young adult life. Have just recently been getting back into classical music and other than when I am working out, it's all I've been listening to. Agree that it helps you get back in touch with your humanity.

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