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Unwind With The Best Classical Music In History

Music today would be nothing without the brilliant and beautiful minds that took to the stages across the globe hundreds of years ago. Proving that true music knows no end, the depth and elegance to these songs has stood the test of time and remains valuable to millions of people around the world. Whatever the occasion, there is a demand for classical tunes and melodies that they bring with them.

Below are some of the very finest pieces of musical art ever written. These songs all encapsulate the drama, emotion and beauty of the times that they were written and continue to find and amaze thousands upon thousands of people every year, spawning re-enactments and listens every single day.

#1 Pachelbel’s Canon

A frequent favourite among thousands even today, particularly when planning events such as weddings, Pachelbel's canon has established itself as one of the finest pieces of classical music ever composed. Although initially popular when first performed in the early 1700s, Pachelbel's finest work disappeared from the planet for a good few years before a massive surge in popularity in the twentieth century saw a revival in popularity.

Influencing artists even in today's pop-centric world, the true scope and imagination of Pachelbel's composing really cannot be understated here. A touching and emotional piece, it's personality comes out off the pages each time it is played and the inescapable history of the piece is enough to give you tingles.

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#2 Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland

Copland Conducts Copland - Expanded Edition Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, Old American Songs Complete Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

From Martha Graham's ballet "Appalachian Spring" Simple Gifts must surely be one of the world's simplest tunes ever written. A 19th century Shaker tune, Christians know the tune as "The Lord of the Dance."

So simple a kindergartener could play it, but this simple tune becomes a masterwork in the hands of 20th century LGBTQ American composer Aaron Copland.  He repeats the theme differently each time, transforming the work into a story, or as close to a story as music can be. Played first by a lone clarinet, then with flutes, then oboes, then as a round with woodwinds setting down the beat normally reserved for percussion punctuated with glockenspiel and triangle, then twice as fast with militaristic trumpet fanfare without the rest of the orchestra except for violin flights of fancy, then it goes into a restful choir of clarinets and strings, and last he lays it down twice as slow with the grandeur of timpani and trombones with full orchestra.

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