This is a go-to piece for any beginner’s class. Not only is it a beautiful composition, it’s also a piece almost everyone has listened to at one point in their life, so you’re already familiar with the melody.
With its breathtaking melody, this is the perfect piece for any beginner to practice voicing. As with the other compositions by Beethoven, this one has been really popular among beginners for years and it can be great for practicing with each hand independently and bringing it all together once you have it down.
To make listening clasic music easier for any beginners out there, we’ve put together a list of pieces that you can enjoy on a regular basis so that you can familiarize yourself with the genre and much more. You just need to read our blog!
If there was a survey asking people to know the composer they’re most familiar with, most people would likely name either Beethoven or Mozart. The fact is that there are composers from all over the world writing in this genre every single day. But their role has certainly evolved over time. Let’s face it, much […]
We still need to talk about Schubert A number of these basic songwriting rules have continued to be just that: Basic! The songs of Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, and Adele would have even seemed familiar to Schubert, with regards to the chords, how the verse leads into the chorus, the piano accompaniment, and the […]
Symphony No. 6 – Tchaikovsky Nicknamed, ‘Pathétique’, this was the composer’s final symphony, with its premiere performance given days before his death. Of all the iconic classic composers, Tchaikovsky was the most troubled of all. This symphony encompassed many of the issues that troubled him, in a sense. Many people even perceived it to be […]
Bach was likely the most intelligent composer ever. The sheer complexity of a large part of his later music, particularly, has yet to be rivalled. As often is the case in musical history, however, the complex harmonics of the older generation was stripped away by the one that came after it in the form of […]
You may remember that some years ago, it was popular to believe in something called the “Mozart Effect”, which was what supposedly happened when Mozart’s music was played to a baby and that baby became smarter. As it turned out, the Mozart Effect was partly but not completely true. There was an increase in spatial […]
Needless to say, music in the movies has come on leaps and bounds in the last century or so. So far in the 21st century, we have seen a remarkably evolutionary and active period for movie scores. Without forgetting the formative and bold achievements of such old masters as Toru Takemitsu and Bernard Hermann, the […]
Classical music didn’t die at the 19th century, au contraire, there’s a new generation of musicians radically changing the precepts of what we use to know as chamber music while making the classic genre more popular and friendly to the public. Modern-day classical music will completely change your preconceived notions and open up to a […]
Jazz was born in the late 19th century from African-American musicians and is considered ‘America’s classical music’. Their stylistic origins are strongly influenced by European classical music but also the traditional sounds of West Africa, creating a cultural melting pot, coloured and enriched, that has given birth to many children, from soul to progressive rock. […]
One of the most interesting proposals on children’s development is to educate them surrounded by music. Even the music the baby hears during pregnancy can yield multiple benefits. And children who learn to play a musical instrument acquire many emotional and intellectual advantages over those children who don’t. Sometimes most people tend to think of […]
Since the fall and dissolution of the URSS, a considerable amount of great camera musicians have emigrated to Latin America to continue their work on new orchestras, performing but more importantly: teaching. This phenomenon started a few decades ago and its results can be seen in our days; it has changed entirely the picture of […]
Now that you’re enjoying the classics, it is time to expand your horizons and give contemporary music a chance. Have you ever thought about contemporary composers? There’s plenty of good material that you should include on your collection, keep reading, you’ll see some interesting findings. Philip Glass One of the most productive maestros of the […]
In the past a person would find news about an orchestra by looking at a newspaper or hearing announcements on the radio. This was one way to hear about upcoming events and information. Information about orchestras would include when the orchestra was playing, the type of music they were playing and how to buy tickets […]
We all know that everything is connected, and music is not an exception; there’s a curious story behind how Stravinsky, unbeknown to him, ended up being the author of one of the most used sounds in music and representing an era, way long after his death. First, we have to settle something: no matter what […]
When you’re first getting into classical music, sooner or later you’ll want to enjoy the live experience. Naturally, you’ll turn to a live orchestra concert. Though that’s your best option and you’ll definitely enjoy yourself, it can also be a bit nerve-wracking due to all the crazy myth people have spread about proper concert etiquette […]
Classical music has never been directly associated with gossip and hoaxes, but there have been many classical music hoaxes throughout history. Doing some research, anyone can make curious findings like: fake compositions, myths and unfounded rumours that have been talked about over the last couple of centuries. From the outrageous lives of some composers to […]
We tend to think that learning how to play the guitar or the piano, is something that you either do as a kid or not at all. If you ditched the violin lessons in middle school, you missed your one shot. It’s a commonly believed myth that as an adult it will be almost impossible […]
When dipping your toe into classical music, you don’t want to go too deep too soon. Ideally, you should start out with more accessible – and therefore easier to appreciate – pieces that allow your ear to get used to this new world of sounds. This means that, at first, you should limit yourself to […]
When you’re first learning how to play the piano you might feel frustrated that you can’t yet play any serious pieces. Practicing scales and movements is fine, but after a little while, you start longing for a bigger challenge. Nowadays you can just head over to YouTube and search for a tutorial on almost any […]
If you’re truly serious about becoming a classical music connoisseur, first we have to debunk a myth: classical music is not just Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven and Debussy. Though they are some of the most famous composers, they’re far from the only representatives. The term “classical” covers any music made during the 1750 and 1820, that […]