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Soothing Classical Music

Ah, bedtime. The kids' teeth are brushed; their pj's are on; the book has been read, and then read again. They have been kissed goodnight. At which point begins THE BIG STALL. "I'm hungry"; "I'm thirsty"; "I need to go to the bathroom"; "I need to call my broker"; etc.
Dead Euro-composers to the rescue! It's a moment that calls for some music, something that will calm, edify, enthrall, engage, distract and transport the little darlings to sleepy-land, so that the adults might move off to an appropriately distant room and watch Game of Thrones.

The criteria for the most effective bedtime music are as follows. One: the music should have a steady beat. Two: the music should have a steady harmonic rhythm (meaning that the chords - the harmonies - change with a high degree of regularity). Three: the music should not include voices. Voices (and the words being sung by voices) grab and hold our attention in a manner not conducive to snoozing. Four: Generally speaking, it is best to steer clear of works for orchestra because of their greater dynamic range (meaning extremes of loud and soft) and conversely, better to stick to works for solo keyboard or chamber music.

So here is a starter list of ten works that will sooth our babies while inculcating their ears and minds with music of lasting worth. In chronological order:

1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Suites for Solo Cello. A "suite" is a collection of dances. Bach composed six such "collections" for solo 'cello between 1717 and 1723. They constitute the bedrock of the '3. cello repertoire: the most frequently played solo works ever composed for the 'cello. Recommended recording: Janos Starker, on Mercury.

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