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I’ve seen a lot of curious people wanting to dive into classical music but don’t know where to start, so I have written out a list of pieces to listen to depending on mood. I’ve only put out a few, but please add more if you want to. hope this helps y’all out. :)

stereotypical delightful classical music:

if you need to chill:

if you need to sleep:

if you need to wake up:

if you are feeling very proud:

if you feel really excited:

if you are angry and you want to take a baseball bat and start hitting a bush:

if you want to cry for a really long time:

if you want to feel like you’re on an adventure:

if you want chills:

if you want to study:

if you really want to dance:

if you want to start bouncing in your chair:

if you’re about to pass out and you need energy:

if you want to hear suspense within music:

if you want a jazzy/classical feel:

if you want to feel emotional with no explanation:

if you want to sit back and have a nice cup of tea:

pieces that don’t really have a valid explanation:

pieces that just sound really cool:

if you feel like listening to concertos all day (I do not recommend doing that):

and if you really just hate classical music in general:

a lot of these pieces apply in multiple categories, but I sorted them by which I think they match the most. have fun exploring classical music!

also, thank you to viola-ology, iwillsavemyworld, shayshay526, eternal-cadenza, tropicalmunchakoopas, shadowraven45662, and thelonecomposer for adding on! if you would like to add on your own suggestions, please reblog and add on or message me so I can give you credit for the suggestion!

The Best Solos
  • Piccolo: Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 3
  • Flute: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, Aviary
  • Oboe: Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite, Serenata
  • English Horn: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8, Mvmt. 1
  • E-Flat Clarinet: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Mvmt. 2
  • B-Flat Clarinet: Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
  • Bass Clarinet: Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
  • Bassoon: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, Mvmt. 2
  • Contrabassoon: Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • French Horn: R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche
  • Trumpet: Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 1
  • Trombone: R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Tuba: Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Percussion: Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis, Mvmt. 2
  • Violin: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Viola: Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. 2
  • Cello: Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvmt. 2
  • Double Bass: Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals, L'Elephant

Снегу́рочка (The Snow Maiden)

50 in x of animated feature film history
Release: 1952
Country: Soviet Union
Director: Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya

“The Snow Maiden is based on the Slavic-pagan play of the same name by Aleksandr Ostrovsky (itself largely based on traditional folk tales). Music from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Snow Maiden is used, arranged for the film by L. Shvarts.

Snegurochka––The Snow Maiden––is the daughter of Spring the Beauty (Весна-Красна) and Ded Moroz (Father Frost), and yearns for the companionship of mortal humans. She grows to like a shepherd named Lel, but her heart is unable to know love, not helped by the fact that Lel claims to love her one moment and abandons her the next. Her mother takes pity and gives her the ability to love, but as soon as she falls in love, her heart warms and she melts, happy to have known love.”


The Snow Maiden is available on YouTube with English subtitles.

George Barbier, Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave and Ida Rubinstein in Scheherazade, Paris, 1910.

Schéhérazade is a ballet in one act with choreography by Michael Fokine, libretto by Benois, music by Rimsky-Korsakov and design by Leon Bakst. Premiered 4 June 1910 by Sergei Diaghilev Ballets Russes at the Paris Opera.

Tamara Karsavina as Zobeida in Scheherazade. Photo by E.O. Hoppe, 1911.

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine. Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Costumes by Léon Bakst inspired a fashion for harem pants, turbans and floor cushions.

Tamara Platonovna Karsavina (1885-1978) was a famous Russian ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was most noted as a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev.

Amaranthine – unfading or everlasting, eternally beautiful.  A playlist for wandering the halls of museums, gazing at the art with a sense of longing for incredible beauty; for standing upon the beach at night and gazing up at the stars; for gazing out the window and watching as the countryside passes by.

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Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
“Barbe Dmitrievna Mergassov Madame Rimsky-Korsakov” (1864)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France


~The Piano Guys - Indiana Jones Score//Scheherazade~

Classical Pieces You’ve Probably Heard but Might Not Remember the Name 2

Since the first one was such a success I figured I’ll do another.

Music Keys and Zodiac Signs

C Major: Aries
(Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C Major
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 60 in C Major “The Distracted”
Gustav Holst: “Mars the Bringer of War” from The Planets)

C Minor: Scorpio
(Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata K126 in C Minor
Niccolo Paganini: Caprice No. 4 in C Minor
Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino in C Minor Op. 26)

D Major/Minor: Leo
(Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)

E Major: Gemini
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Spring” from the Four Seasons
Edvard Grieg: “Morning Mood” from Peer Gynt
Igor Stravinsky: “Augurs of Spring” from Rite of Spring)

E Minor: Virgo
(Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Gustav Holst: “Mercury the Winged Messenger” from The Planets)

F Major: Aquarius
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Autumn” from the Four Seasons
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F Major
Franz Schubert: “Das Wirtshaus” from Winterreise
Gustav Holst: “Uranus the Magician” from The Planets)

F Minor: Capricorn
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Winter” from the Four Seasons
Alexander Scriabin: Nocturne No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor
Gustav Holst: “Saturn the Bringer of Old Age” from The Planets)

G Major: Libra
(Franz Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3 in G Major
Gustav Holst: “Venus the Bringer of Peace” from The Planets)

G Minor: Taurus
(Antonio Vivaldi: “Summer” from the Four Seasons
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance in G Minor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: “Arabian Dance” from The Nutcracker)

A Major/Minor: Cancer
(Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome)

B Major: Sagittarius
(Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major
Hector Berlioz: “Le Spectre de la Rose” from Les Nuits d’Ete
Jean Sibelius: Tapiola
Gustav Holst: “Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity” from The Planets)

B Minor: Pisces
(Frederic Chopin: Prelude No. 6 in B Minor “Homesickness / Tolling Bells”
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Kalandar Prince” from Scheherazade
Gustav Holst: “Neptune the Mystic” from The Planets
Maurice Ravel: “Lever du Jour” from Daphnis et Chloe)