My Favorite Pieces of Classical Music Monday: My Favorite Pieces of Classical Music: Part 8

Happy Monday!

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.

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My Favorite Pieces of Classical Music Monday: My Favorite Pieces of Classical Music Part 7

Happy Monday!

First up is the An American in Paris by George Gershwin.  A tone poem, depicting a trip Gershwin took to Paris, the listener experiences the highs, lows, and everything in between of great city of Paris.

Next is the Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret, a lovely piece so happy with its alternating trumpet and organ solos.

Finally, is an eerie and ominous song: The Elfking from a poem by  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe with music by Franz Schubert.  It tells the story of a father rushing home on horseback with his young son, but the son claims to be terrorized by visions of an evil supernatural creature known in  some translations as the Elfking, but more accurately the Erl King.