I agree that it's too hard to pick just one for either. I usually say that my favorite composer is Mozart, but I have many others. The 3rd and 4th Brandenburg Concertos will always be some of my favorites.
While I love Fantasia on Greensleeves, I think Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis just has the edge for me. There is such an enormous repertoire in classical music, that it would be almost impossible for me to pick a favourite piece. Almost anything by Mozart would get my vote, one of the famous arias by Puccini. Perhaps my favourite is the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. Then again, maybe the Emperor waltz is my number one. The choice is impossible, but thank you James for allowing me the pleasure of trying.
Hi Alicia, yes I like Prokofiev too, my favourite piece from the Romeo and Juliet ballet is 'Dance of the Knights' I think they use it as the theme for 'The Apprentice' TV show. I also like this from Peter and the Wolf:
Although I have to admit that classical music is not my strong point, it has to be Pachelbel's Cannon in D, this can chill me out to no end. Thanks for reminding me to have a listen to it, and for giving me the opportunity to check out the favorites of those who have already answered the question
My favorities keep changing over time. Last year I saw the Saint Louis Symphony doing Gustav Holst's The Planets and Brahms' Requiem, and I've been listening to those pieces a lot lately. Overall, Mahler might be my favorite these days because of his complexity.
I'm a musician and know the power and value of music. I'm curious what people find emotional in music (and looking for trends for a paper I'm going to write).It's very simple - post the name of a piece of music that...