Bach to basics: Classical music study playlist


I think a lot of people do not enjoy the classical music genre, because they believe it to be synonymous with antiquated sounds that are neither easy nor fun for the ears and mind to digest. Though I’m not a fan of every piece of classical music and am by no means an aficionado, I do appreciate the occasional concerto or symphony. I’ve found that the flow of the rich, non-lyric sounds helps inspire me while I write a paper in the philosophy library and alleviates the urge to pull my hair out in the basement of Leavey during finals.

Classical music is also pretty badass, passionate and, in some cases, violent — think Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries in  Apocalypse Now. And the recent use of compositions like Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92 – II, Allegretto in several episodes of USA’s rookie hacker drama, Mr. Robot, could suggest that the genre is ‘trending up’ in contemporary relevance.

This playlist comprises a selection of my favorites to listen to while studying or wanting to feel like a badass OR a combination of the two:

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  1. Lauri D Goldenhersh
    Lauri D Goldenhersh says:

    It’s so nice to see a useful post regarding classical music in a university publication, and thanks for the playlist – it looks like a good one. But “contemporary relevance”? The use or disuse of classical music in media and popular culture cannot be considered an effective barometer for relevance. Since when is popularity an indicator of artistic or cultural merit?

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