1. Ludwig Van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op.67: I. Allegro con brio
With its immortal opening four-note theme (“Fate knocking”), Beethoven's 5th Symphony is one of the most instantly-recognizable pieces of Classical music. It is widely regarded as one of the most important works of its time and has been riffed on by everyone from Snoopy to Robyn Thicke, even being made into a disco hit!
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2. Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons, Concerto No. 1 ‘Spring' (Op.8 No. 1): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons is Vivaldi’s best-known work and one of the best known pieces in all of Classical music. The opening of Concerto No. 1 "Spring" is a bouncy, cheerful tune which has been used in many forms of mainstream entertainment.
3. George Frideric Handel - Messiah: Hallelujah (Chorus)
One of the most recognizable pieces in Handel's Messiah highlights and in all of Classical music, Handel's "Hallelujah" if featured in Part II of his Messiah oratorio which covers the Passion, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus.
4. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture, Op.49 (conclusion)
5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Ave verum corpus, K.618
Mozart was unquestionably one of the greatest composers of all time, a talent unlike any other. He wrote the Ave verum corpus for his friend Anton Stoll who was the musical coordinator in the parish of Baden bei Wien, near Vienna. This piece was written less than 6 months before Mozart’s death.
6. Johann Sebastian Bach - Toccata: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
The Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is easily one of the most famous pieces in the Organ works - famously featured in the Walt Disney classic Fantasia (and haunted houses around the world!). The piece has a dark, spooky feel to it, particularly the striking opening motif.
7. Ludwig Van Beethoven - 'Ode to Joy' from Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral'
The 'Ode to Joy' theme from the final movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony is a stirring, transcendent melody which speaks of the spiritual brotherhood shared by all people, and the joy of life. The symphony itself is an eighty-minute journey from darkness to light, its choral finale unprecedented at the time Beethoven wrote it. The story goes that Beethoven, sitting in the front row at the premiere, was so deaf at that point that his friend had to turn him around in order to see the furiously applauding audience.
Need classical music
I know nothing about classical music so I would appreciate recommendations from people who are familiar with it. I would like soft, relaxing music for during the day while I work in a high-stress office position; mostly all instrumental. Tried Vivaldi's Four Seasons and it's just not what I'm looking for. I currently have Winter Solstice II on, and George Winston's Forest up next. I found "Songs from A Secret Garden" and that's really good. I have some yoga and new age CDs; some are good, but I don't care for the high-pitched Middle East music.
Any light opera music that might be suitable?
For now I'm borrowing whatever looks good at the library
Quartet of Broadway, West End Talent Leads KISS ME, KATE at BBC Proms .. — Broadway World
The season culminates with the ever-popular Last Night of the Proms - itself the most famous classical music event in the world, which spills out of the Royal Albert Hall into all four nations of the UK on Saturday 13 September, with Proms in the Park ..