The Freshman Course to Classical Music
Entering into some hobbies is near impossible. Music is a great hobby to take on. Starting yourself on classical music comes with ease. Investing time listening to it returns the benefits of stress relief, better sleep, lower blood pressure, improved memory, and improved learning. Even if you do not like classical music, you still ought to play it in the background for its beneficial effect. Before playing it, you first must learn of the primary composers. Then you must learn which of their music fits you best, for optimum effect.Johann Sebastian Bach is a composer whose music is slow and highly intellectual. His music is excellent for those who sit and ruminate on the universe for lengthy periods of time; Bach is perfect. He works with frequency involving organs, with nearly the same frequency sound as religious, or choir-like. His choir-like works are attributable to his having been a choir boy. They also come from his skill in organ-playing, at 18 he got the organist position at New Church.To get started, some of his greatest works are the Brandenburg Concertos and the Well-Tempered Clavier. Numerous experts have praised the former as a great work of the baroque period. And they've praised the latter as one of Western classical music's greatest works. While the concerto has instruments in the violin family, the Clavier has the piano. You can, then, begin with him if you wish.Born in Poland, Frederic Chopin was mainly a pianist that came to live in France. His music is highly technical and very soft. His music is perfect for falling asleep, becoming romantically wistful or being purely sorrowful. At other times the music is full of vibrant, living emotion, so listening to him is an emotional whirlwind. Therefore, his music will fit you if you are a constant romantic or, like all, like being romantically once a while. He devoted himself to the piano. In turn, you will not find many of his works containing violins or trumpets. But, the piano will be enough to satisfy you.You can start with his Nocturnes, Fantaisie-Impromptu, or Waltz Op. 64 No. 2. The Nocturnes are sorrowful, the Impromptu light, and the Waltz are a waltz.Skilled in playing instruments from youth, Wolfgang Mozart started performing at a young age. His music ranges far and wide, from pieces of only violin to those of only piano. The music is more energetic than it is romantic. Since the music ranges in emotions, it evokes different emotions. His Requiem is one of his most sorrowful pieces. You may already know his Serenade No.10, which is more energetic. To display his range, he delved into opera buffa to produce the Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. Another piece you can try out is his Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major. If you want music from him that's a bit more of a delight; you can try his Turkish March. All in all, Mozart has a broad range of music, over 600 complete works, you can try. Listen to more than were recommended here.Beethoven is the last and the greatest. He is the beginning of the Romantic Era in classical music. And he is thought to be the greatest of all composers in Western art music. He left school at 11. Although his father attempted making him a child prodigy, he became recognized only later in life, around his teens and early 20s. Now, in emotion he is singular. His turbulent personality is responsible for his music's emotion. At times he would be abrasive even to his patrons. Once he met Goethe. And Goethe commented: 'an utterly untamed personality.' Beethoven's comments about Goethe showed Beethoven's contempt for the upper class and any authority. Combined with this searing hatred was Beethoven's crippling shyness. So, from his personality you get that his work ranges from daunting and near abrasive, like his fifth symphony, to the sorrow of his Moonlight Sonata. Then it can go to his touching Für Elise and after to the exuberance of the end of Ninth Symphony. But, Beethoven produced a great number of and a diverse number of pieces, so do not limit yourself to only these.There are more composers if you wish to learn of them. But, mainly, you should begin with these and get the benefits of listening to classical music.