My Favorite Pieces of Classical Music Monday: My Favorite Pieces of Classical Music: Part 5

Happy Monday!

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.