Refresh your playlist with: Classical


Isabella Ciriello , Staff Writer

Does classical music excite you just as much as the latest Taylor Swift song? If not, I don’t blame you — but the genre is so much more than boring background music. It spans centuries, styles, and instruments; it appeals to people of all ages; it is the foundation for your favorite pop singles.

 Take the Baroque Era (1600-1750) for example. Characterized by contrapuntal texture, where various voices in each piece play different melodies instead of playing in unison, cornerstone composers like Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach have greatly influenced the rock genre. Musician Billy Joel used the melody and chord structures of Beethoven’s 1798 Pathétique Sonata Op. 13 in his single, “This Night.”

If you’re looking to get into classical music, I suggest starting with the greatest hits:  Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue or Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Find an instrument or style that appeals to you; I play piano, and it’s one of my favorite instruments to listen to. Get to know the styles (classical music isn’t all the same) — I love the Romantic period (1800-1900) because of its sudden dynamic contrasts, expressive tempo, and long, lyrical melodies. Once you’ve scratched the surface of classical music, you’ll find there is so much drama and flair in an infinite number of pieces, all waiting to be discovered!