Siwon Jengsuksavat ’23
Many people view classical music as an ancient art form that only classical musicians listen to, but this is not the case. There are four periods of classical music: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern. Each period provides a variety of pieces to listen to, and each piece has its own unique character/story and tone.
Baroque music abides by very strict rules but are filled with flourishes (decorations) that make the pieces composed during this time very elaborate. Bach is a well-known composer who composed during the Baroque period, and two great pieces that he wrote are Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor (BWV 1002) and French Suite No. 6 in E Major (BWV 817).
Beethoven is a composer from the tail-end of the Classical period. The music during the Classical period can be described as clear and balanced. Two famous pieces that he composed are his Symphony no. 9 and the Pastoral Sonata.
The Romantic period was a time of very expressive and boundless music. During this period, individualism was becoming a value in the world. Chopin was a composer for piano during the Romantic period, and two pieces that he composed are his Etude no. 1, also known as the Waterfall Etude, and his Nocturne in C minor.
In the Modern era of classical music, composers became innovative and created their own musical forms. A composer who was well known for this was Claude Debussy. Two pieces that the French composer wrote are La Mer and Claire de Lune. Classical music is easily accessible; check out Winnipeg’s Classical 107 radio or any of these recommended pieces on YouTube.
Although it is beneficial for classical musicians to listen to their repertoire, there are many benefits of classical music, especially for students in high school who deal with high levels of stress. According to Neurologist Dr. Michael Schneck, “Classical music helps lower cortisol levels in the body, which are associated with stress.” It is also strongly recommended to listen to classical music while studying since the music helps with keeping external distractions away from the mind. For people who struggle sleeping, classical music is a tool that can be used to help soothe the brain. Not only is classical music very pleasant to listen to, but as you can see it also has many practical uses in ordinary life.
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