Classical Music: Where and Why to Start?

Classical music isn’t often thought of as cool, but it could be. It’s certainly worth giving it a go.

When people think of classical, Mozart and Beethoven probably come to mind. They might know that Mozart was a child prodigy, forced to travel the length and breadth of Europe at the age of six by his relentlessly pushy papa. And that Beethoven, also a child prodigy, continued to compose volumes and volumes of music after losing his hearing. A lot of people know these stories, but perhaps not the music.

People generally think of classical as “stuffy, pretentious, (and) unnecessarily formal”. Sadly, they are mostly right. But you don’t need to go to a posh concert hall to hear classical music. We are lucky to live in an age where we can access music of all genres online. Everybody can explore the wonders of classical music with a few clicks. Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube will all do the trick.

Here at Vivo, we believe there are different types of music to suit different occasions, for example, when you are dancing you’re not going to want to listen to sleep-inducing, chill out mixes. There is also a place and a time for classical. So, why not give it a go. Next time you are revising try playing Brahms or Bach. Classical music has been found particularly beneficial for focus, reducing blood pressure and aiding restless nights. Perfect just before a big exam!

5 reasons to listen to classical music

• It can help you unwind and relax
• It can make you smarter (kind of)
• It will increase your emotional intelligence
• It’s a new language to master
• It will open you to a world of new experiences

So why not start here. Check out these videos.

J.S.Bach – Tocatta und Fuge

Luigi Boccherini – Minuetto

Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1

Jean Sibelius – Finlandia

Franz Schubert – Ave Maria

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Source(s): Thought Catalog, ClassicWORLD, Tarja M