My Favorite Pieces of Classical Music: Part 1

I love classical music.  It’s so rich and complex and it takes me on such a journey.  Today, I will talk about some of my favorite pieces.


First, is one piece that I am sure you will recognize.  It is the Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.  After his death, he was forgotten and much of his output was lost, but this piece survived, was rediscovered, and became a classic.  It is so ubiquitous.  In fact, the chord progression it uses is one of the most commonly used chord progressions in all of Western music regardless of genre and style.  The piece is so calming.  I feel like I am on air, whenever I hear it.  It’s like when I hear it, all my troubles go away.

Second, is the Humoresque or Humoreske No. 7 by Antonin Dvorak.  It starts out rather romantically, has a midsection that is more dramatic and returns to the romantic sounding opening.  This piece was written for piano, but is also often performed by orchestras.  This piece also has a chord progression which is very popular in all types of music.


Finally, I will talk about The Four Seasons Season by Antonio Vivaldi.  These are well known especially the part called Spring.  My favorite, however is the end of Summer.  So very fast, powerful, and violent, it gives me a sense of energy whenever I listen to it.




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