anonymous asked:

Some melodies have soul in them, don't they? What you listen to in instrumental music or classics that has the same feeling? I absolutely loved Petricor that you recommended.

Oh, I do.

Beethoven, Für Elise
Two Steps from Hell, Big Sky
Debussy, Clair de Lune
Chopin, Nocturne op 9 n°2
Bedrich Smetana, Vltava
Ludovico Einaudi, Eros
Ludovico Einaudi, Divenire
Ludovico Einaudi, Primavera
Ludovico Einaudi, Nefeli
Philip Glass, Duet
Erik Satie, Gnossiennes
Dario Marianelli, Dance With Me
Dario Marianelli, Atonement
Dario Marianelli, Cee, You and Tea
Clint Mansell, Lose Yourself
Tom Tykwer, The Escape
Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas Finale
Yann Tiersen, Summer 78
Hans Zimmer, Cornfield Chase
John Wasson, Caravan
Tchaikovsky, Dance of the Swans
Tchaikovsky, Waltz of the Flowers
Prokofiev, Dance of the Knights
Craig Armstrong, Opening
Adolphe Adam, Dance of the Willis
Philip Glass, Morning Passages
Zoe Conway, Half Day Road
Joe Hisaishi, Dragon Boy
Martin Phipps, Saint Petersburg
Emile Pandolfi, Once Upon a December


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“O Holy Night”
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Music: Adolphe Adam
Lyrics: John Sullivan Dwight

Note: The song was originally a French Christmas poem written by Placide Cappeau; Adam composed music for it soon after it was written, and Dwight wrote the sung English version almost a decade later (in 1855).


Adolphe Adam: Marche sublime, 1840. This musical piece was composed for the return of Napoleon’s remains to France in 1840. However, the piece performed during the funeral at Les Invalides was Mozart’s Requiem.

Giselle is a romantic-fantasy ballet in two acts, composed by Adolphe Adam. The ballet is about a peasant girl named Giselle who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women who dance men to death, summon Giselle from her grave. They target her lover for death, but Giselle’s love frees him from their grasp.

Giselle was created for famous Italian ballet dancer Carlotta Grisi and first performed by the Ballet du Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris, France, on Sunday 28 June 1841. The opening night was a triumph with both critics and the public and became hugely popular. It was staged across Europe, Russia, and the United States.


“Giselle” is one of my favorite ballets, both musically (music by Adolphe Adam) and artistically.  Here is the great Polina Semionova, who studied at the Bolshoi, and has recently been performing with the American Ballet Theater in “Don Quixote”.  Semionova says one of her favorite things about dance is the ability for the body to communicate emotion.  One does not need to hear, one does not need to see a facial expression - the body’s movement alone will be enough to convey one’s personality and one’s deepest thoughts.