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How to Fall in Love with Classical Music

Updated on February 26, 2014

Allegro

I love classical music.

However, I basically like the most enthusiastic pieces. I always look for the 'Allegro' style whenever I want to listen to classical music.

Of course, I also like many 'Andante' pieces (not as fast and joyful as the 'Allegro' style), but in this lens I want to focus on the beauty and the therapeutic effect of the Allegro Classical Music.

I studied classical piano the ages 8-14. Then, my teacher told me that I had better stop insisting on studying piano only because my mother wanted me to.

I hated the exercises and the theory of the classical music. I wanted to play only allegro pieces. I also enjoyed composing my own music instead of studying the boring lessons. I told my mother that my teacher advised me to stop studying piano because I was not a good student, and she couldn't bear giving me lessons.

I stopped studying piano, but I continued composing my own music. A few of my building's neighbors complained about my attempts to create my own classical pieces on the piano (while it was so obvious that I had no talent). However, creating music is my hobby. I make it for me, and not for the world. I love creating classical music. Well, whenever I have the time. Since I started working online, all our neighbors are very happy with my silence.

Fortunately, my son was a better piano student than me. However, he was not a good student at school like I was. We cannot be everything at the same time. Each one of us has certain defects and certain talents.

Whenever we have an undesired visit at home, my son tells me to play something on the piano. My music is not that bad, but my son likes to make fun of me. He is an excellent pianist and composer. He studied classical music, but today he plays modern music most of the time.

I could show you videos with him playing a few pieces, but he never has the time to send me any of the videos he has created. He is always busy with his friends and his own life.

I will show you in this lens my favorite allegro classical pieces, using videos from YouTube. This way you can directly listen to the type of music that will surely improve your mood.

My favorite classical composers are:

Bach

Chopin

Villa-Lobos

Vivaldi

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If you or your children lack the appreciation for classical music, simply listen to the classical pieces that follow the beautiful allegro style.

Classical music is perfect music.

However, you must be able to evaluate its perfection. This is why you have to frequently listen to classical music.

Look for the vivid allegro pieces. Learn how to acquire the taste for this exquisite music.

Here you'll find a few pieces that will work like an incentive on your journey to broaden your musical repertoire and savor the beauty of this style of music.

Follow my example! I don't play well, but I love listening to classical music everyday.

Of course, if you can be a good musician this will be much better for you (and for your neighbors).

Otherwise, follow my example and simple listen to the marvellous classical music without trying to play it yourself.

Johann Sebastian Bach (21 March 1685 - 28 July 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

The Bach Family was one of several traditional families of musicians, who were often organized along guilde lines and who earned their living as town musicians, organists, and cantors. The family had produced musicians for several generations.

Throughout his life, Bach was preoccupied with the improvement of organs, and also the organ of the Weimar court chapel was remodelled by Heinrich Trebs on Bach's instructions. Particularly in the period 1708-1714, Bach is supposed to have been concentrating on organ playing and composing: most of his major organ compositions stem from the Weimar period.

Bach's cantata output in the 1720s is one of the most astonishing creative explosions in the history of Western music, even if one considers that Baroque composers were extremely productive in general. What is so astonishing about Bach, however, is that his cantatas were also the results of certain routines but that many are masterpieces nevertheless.

Bach's Best Works - Bach Allegro BWV 998

Italian Concerto Presto BWV 971 (3rd)

Brandenburg Concertos No.3 - Allegro Moderato

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major BWV 1049 - 3. Presto

Brandenburg Concertos No.5 - Allegro

Toccata in G Major BWV 916 - 1. Presto

Concerto BWV 1056, by J. S. Bach (arr. Daniel Wolff) 3. Presto

Frédéric François Chopin (22 February or 1 March 1810 - 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer, virtuoso pianist, and music teacher, of French-Polish parentage. He was one of the great masters of Romantic music. He is also known as "the poet of the piano".

Chopin showed great admiration for the piano at a very young age, and he composed two polonaises (Polish dances) at the age of seven years. At the same time, he gave concert performances to impressed audiences and, being humble, stated that the public was admiring the collar of his shirt.

Chopin's Best Works - Etude op.10 No.1 C-Dur: Allegro

Sonatina Op 55 No. 1 - Chopin, Waltz in A min Posth

Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66

Villa-Lobos

style="float: right; width: 200px; margin-left: 15px; margin-bottom: 10px"> Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5, 1887 - November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music". Villa-Lobos has become the best-known and most significant Latin American composer to date. He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his 'Bachianas Brasileiras' ("Brazilian Bachian-pieces").

Villa-Lobos came to occupy a leading position in the musical life of his native Brazil, a country the varying musical traditions of which he absorbed as a young man by extensive and adventurous travel throughout the region. After a period in Paris he returned home in 1930, eventually winning official recognition and making a significant contribution to Brazilian music education.

Villa-Lobos' Best Works - Prelude #2

Twelve Etudes No:1

Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra - III - Allegro non troppo

Miudinha bachianas brasileiras piano brazilian

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (4 March 1678 - 28 July 1741), nicknamed il Prete Rosso ("The Red Priest") because of his red hair, was an Italian Baroque composer, priest, and virtuoso violinist, born in Venice. Vivaldi is recognized as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread over Europe.

Vivaldi is known mainly for composing instrumental concertos, especially for the violin, as well as sacred choral works and over 40 operas. His best known work is a series of violin concertos known as 'The Four Seasons'.

Vivaldi transformed the tradition of descriptive music into a typically Italian musical style with its unmistakable timbre in which the strings play a major role.

Vivaldi's Best Works - Fours Seasons - Spring - Allegro

Concerto per mandolini RV558 (allegro molto)

Flute Concerto Op.10 No.3 «Il Gardellino» - Allegro

Concerto in C Major RV 444 Allegro

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Peace

Finding Peace

Allegro Pieces Give You Hope

When you are able to evaluate the perfection of classical music, you understand its beauty.

Your ears must learn how to listen to this music because you cannot be distracted by your superficiality. Your psyche must pay attention to the messages given by the melody.

Classical music helps you find peace and allegro pieces give you hope.

Classical music works like medicine for your body, mind, and spirit.

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"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."

Johann Sebastian Bach

"I'm a revolutionary, money means nothing to me."

Frédéric Chopin

"Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows."

George Frideric Handel

"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"My music is best understood by children and animals."

Igor Stravinsky

"Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend."

Ludwig van Beethoven

Extraordinary Classical Composers

There are many other classical composers who transformed our world with their brilliant creations.

Beethoven
Beethoven

Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 17 December 1770 - 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. The crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential composers of all time.

Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation in present-day Germany, Beethoven moved to Vienna in his early 20s, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist.

His hearing began to deteriorate in the late 1790s, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.

Mozart
Mozart

Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (German - 27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.

Mozart learned voraciously from others, and developed a brilliance and maturity of style that encompassed the light and graceful along with the dark and passionate. His influence on subsequent Western art music is profound. Beethoven wrote his own early compositions in the shadow of Mozart, of whom Joseph Haydn wrote that "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years."

Haydn
Haydn

Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 - 31 May 1809), was an Austrian composer, one of the most prolific and prominent composers of the Classical period. He is often called the "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet" because of his important contributions to these forms. He was also instrumental in the development of the piano trio and in the evolution of sonata form.

A life-long resident of Austria, Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Hungarian aristocratic Esterhazy family on their remote estate. Isolated from other composers and trends in music until the later part of his long life, he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". At the time of his death, he was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe.

Handel
Handel

Handel

George Frideric Handel was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel was born in Germany in the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. He received critical musical training in Italy before settling in London and becoming a naturalised British subject.

His works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. He was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition. Handel's music was well-known to such later composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      I grew up listening to my mother's classical and my father's country and western; I like both, but really prefer classical.

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      sponias lm 4 years ago

      @a-lyric: This was a nice presentation. Congratulations for participating of it! The singer is really good.

      Strauss was romantic. He surely was one of the best classical composers. There are many excellent classical composers I didn't mention in this lens because I cared about showing to my readers vivid musical pieces.

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      a-lyric 4 years ago

      It's too late for me, I've always loved classical music. I even worked on a project with Strauss melodies: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xx9unu_viva-strau...

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      Vita Activate 5 years ago

      I also love allegro more than andante. Great lens ! Chopin is one of my favorite composers.