Here are some more of my favorite pieces of classical music.
First is a piece by Felix Mendelssohn. It is Fingal’s Cave Overture, also known as The Hebrides. I’d heard it many times since childhood, and never knew what is was called. Now that I have discovered it again , known its name, and heard it in its entirety, I am moved by its dark and ominous mood and melody. It’s the perfect musical depiction of a cave. Of course, most caves would be dark and ominous and mysterious.
Second is the Valse (Waltz) from Tchaikovksy’s Swan Lake. A favorite of mine since discovering it on iTunes Radio, I fell in love with its airy quality, and danceable melodies.
Finally is a piece of opera music. I tend to prefer instrumental classical music, but there are some pieces that I consider to be favorites. One such favorite is Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (also known as the Barcarolle) by Jacques Offenbach, from his final opera (he died before it was first performed) Les Contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann). It has a tender feeling and its lyrics in French tell the story of being with one’s lover during a romantic nighttime, and experience everyone should have.