Friday, March 4, 2011

Most popular Classical music of all time

A simple web search reveals lists of the “Top 100” pieces of Classical music. Many of these pieces would sound familiar to even those who are not familiar with Classical music. They are pieces such as Beethoven’s “Symphony no. 5,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” and Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” People who want to listen to Classical music in Lincoln, can enjoy these pieces as well on radio or via the web.
Whether or not you recognize the names of those pieces, you have probably heard them many times whether at a wedding, in a movie, or even as a part of pop music.
The first on the list of most popular Classical pieces is Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Beethoven wrote this piece in the years 1804-1808. Why is this piece from 200 years ago still so loved and used today? The reason is most likely the rhythm and four-note motif that recurs throughout the piece. “Da-da-da, dum”—even by writing those syllables, the four notes and descending minor third can almost be heard.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has taken this piece and given it their own unique touch as did Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band in “A Fifth of Beethoven.” Given a touch of Salsa style in “Beethoven meets Salsa,” these are only a few examples of the dominance of a famous Classical piece of music on many aspects of pop culture.
You don’t have to know anything about Classical music to be moved by the original Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Give it a listen and don’t worry about understanding the rhythms, motives, structure, orchestration, or progressions—simply listen, and be moved.

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