Music tastes differ wildly from individual to individual, and that is a well-known fact. When peppy, danceable rock and roll music became a big deal, and it seemed like everybody loved it, the public aptly named it Popular music or pop music for short, and today it is a whole genre on its own. When it comes to classical music, there are a few that everybody will recognize, not by name, but by the extraordinarily familiar and overused notes that they keep hearing in different kinds of settings. Classical musicians can be seen scoffing at these pop-classical pieces and will rush in to recommend good, more obscure ones that they find worthy. Read on to learn a bit about these popular classical music pieces and some that you might find unfamiliar.
Composed by Alfredo Casella in 1941, the composition’s name came about because of the influences of legendary Italian violinist Niccolò Paganini. This fast-paced piece of musical genius is invigorating, and you must have heard variations of the same in multiple contexts.
Flight of the Bumblebee
Flight of the Bumblebee is often used in talent shows by musicians to impress the audience and judges since it requires rapid finger work. It was written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1899-1900 and is said to imitate the flying pattern of a bumblebee. If you are checking out this piece, do watch a video of an experienced musician playing it since it would be fascinating to behold such skill on a musical instrument.
Let us now lower the pace a bit and talk about a slower piece. Composed by Beethoven, the Moonlight Sonata is soft, lower in sound and intensity and is sure to calm your senses. There is also a feeling of quiet tragedy that accompanies this masterpiece.
Similar to Für Elise by Beethoven, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the most well-known pieces of classical music today. This marvellous composition comprises of four violin concerti, each unique and beautiful, corresponding to four different seasons. It begins with the very upbeat piece titled “Spring”, goes through “Summer”, “Autumn”, and ends with the high string notes of “Winter”.
Beethoven’s 5th symphony is another one of those classical music pieces that have stood the test of time. The grand opening notes and the victorious music that follows has contributed to it being a piece that other artists use in their works for the mass populace.
Czardas by Vittorio Monti, an Italian composer, could be placed towards the rhapsodical end of the classical music spectrum. With seven different sections, this piece plays around various tempos and keys.
The number of classical music pieces that continue to be loved today is countless. As old works are rediscovered regularly and employed into other art forms, classical music will continue to be a part of the art and music we consume.