Today, is of course the day where I share more favorite pieces of classical music. This time I will share two pieces each from different composers.
First is Rhapsody in Blue, the most popular piece by George Gershwin. Thought written to musically depict America as a whole, it’s often interpreted as a musical portrait of New York City. Regardless, it has withstood the test of time for 90 years this year, and it shows no signs of losing its wonder, with its memorable melodies and its mixture of classical and jazz.
Another Gershwin piece is the second of his Three Preludes. These are typical of much of Gershwin’s work in that it is classical music influenced by jazz. The Second Prelude is my favorite because of its slow melodies and mellow mood.
Now is two pieces by Chopin. The first is his Prelude, Op. 28, No. 15 in D-Flat Major (Raindrop) and his Nocturne, Op. 27, No. 1 in C-Sharp Minor. Both are different in their own ways, but what draws me to them are their slow buildups to intense melodies, harmonies, and rhythms.
As I mentioned in this blog post, I will have designated posts for different days of the week. Since today’s Monday, that means I will talk about some of my favorite pieces of classical music.
Ever since I’ve began using Spotify, I listened to their classical music station. Several of the pieces were by Chopin. I love his piano music. So rich and mysterious, it’s fun to listen to. But this piece was a favorite of mine since before I began using Spotify. It is the Nocturne for piano No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55/1. So slow, sad, and haunting. It just makes be feel chilled. Chopin was definitely a master of he piano in finding almost every emotion to express on it.
Second is a piece by the famous Beethoven. Though not one of his more famous pieces, I enjoy it because it is rich, ominous, and haunting, and a bit of sad piece. It is the second movement of his 7th Symphony.
Finally, I will talk about Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. I like it because of its violin duets and because it seems to evoke the nighttime in my mind. So rich. Also, because it is a Baroque piece, I like the high emotion of the piece as well.