Classical Music

Chuck posted a couple of video clips of performances of pieces composed by Carl Freidrich Abel, which prompted me to think of my favorite classical pieces. Though I mostly listen to harder music (August Burns Red, Becoming the Archetype, As I Lay Dying, etc), l do love and enjoy classical music. Here are some of my all-time favorite pieces.

  • Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 composed by Franz Lizst, here performed by Josef Bulva. This is probably my favorite piano pieces of all time. I first heard it as a kid and have loved it ever since. This rendition, of those I’ve heard, is by far my favorite.
  • Prelude in C# Minor, “The Bells of Moscow” composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
  • Cavalleria rusticana – Intermezzo composed by Pietro Mascagni, here performed by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. For a special treat, check out Andrea Bocelli’s performance of Ave Maria sung to this piece.
  • Sheep May Safely Graze composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, here performed by Leon Fleisher.
  • Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, here performed by Lang Lang. This piece is quite lovely (it runs some 2o+ minutes), but this is the 18th variation, and has to be one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed.
  • Eine kleine Nachtmusik composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Für Elise composed by Ludwig von Beethoven.

There you have it–enjoy!

Αυτω η δοξα,



2 thoughts on “Classical Music”

  1. Jason,

    I must applaud you for your selection of classical pieces, and thank you for the mention of Rachmaninoff–I had not heard that one. It’s one that would compliment a reading of Edgar Allan Poe quite well. 😉

    On another front, and a bit of shameless advertising, because of your usual bent for ‘harder music’, I was wondering what you think of this:


    It’s not as hard as the ones you mentioned, but it’s certainly within the ballpark. For the sake of connection, the writer and lead singer for Deception is my brother-in-law.

  2. Carl: Thank you and I’m glad you like the piece by Rachmaninoff (I assume you’re referring to “The Bells of Moscow”). It certainly is a dark-sounding piece. I read somewhere a while back that he wrote it after a close friend died. I don’t know if that’s true, but it would certainly fit the mood, and, would definitely attend a reading of Poe well!

    I checked out the band you linked–not bad. My tastes span the hard music continuum, so though not as heavy as the bands I linked, I still like bands at that degree.

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