Sometimes, a piece of music has the magical ability to take a hold of our heart, and never let go. From that day on, no matter when or where you hear it, that initial experience will resurface and the song will forever represent something else; something bigger, than you.
Countless performances by different musicians, all with their own style and interpretations, only seek to heighten the original beauty of the following five pieces. Five pieces of classical music that will change your life forever, for the better.
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons
The group of four violin concerti gives musical resonance to each season of the calendar year. Written in 1721 by the Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, “The Four Seasons” truly echoes the varying excitement, beauty, and melancholy of the seasons. The concerti were published with accompanying poems, also thought to be written by Vivaldi.
The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky
One of Russian composer’s Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker Ballet features The Nutcracker Suite. Intended for concert performance, this quintessential classical piece is also an ultimate celebration of the festive season. Hear the opulent overtures of the Op. 71a, and be instantly transported into the Christmas spirit.
Modern movie interpretations of how this piece came to life aside, Requiem is nonetheless an important piece of music not to be ignored. Widely thought to have been written on his deathbed, Requiem is a mournful, almost spooky peek at what awaits us in the afterlife–if anything at all.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D
A forgotten work of the 19th century by German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D was re-published in 1919 and has since become one of his most celebrated works. Rightfully so; the piece has become synonymous with celebrations such as weddings and funerals, its overtures at once recognizable, yet malleable enough to infuse all other genres of musical re-interpretations with its timelessness.
Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah
Taken from George Friedrich Handel’s 1741 Messiah oratorio, the famous chorus spanning Part’s II and III is boisterous and jubilant. Unforgettable, the Hallelujah Chorus will surely inspire a feeling of joy and belief in the power of something greater–the power of transfiguratie music.
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