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28th November 2016

Top 5: Songs to introduce you to classical music

Finding yourself out of the loop when your musical friends talk classical? Stuart Grantham has compiled an introduction to catch you up in no time

5. Piano Trio No. 2 by Franz Schubert

A piece from the Romantic period, in just nine minutes Schubert gives us a comprehensive introduction to the capabilities of the piano, violin and cello through exploring one simple line of melody.

4. Piano Sonata No. 8 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Light, airy, charming, and with an easy to follow motif throughout. This piece is a perfect introduction to Beethoven’s Classical and Romantic compositions.

3. Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy 

One of the most played piano sonatas ever written, and well deserving of its popularity. This Romantic-era track overflows with beauty.

2.Clapping Music by Steve Reich

This track perfectly sums up minimalist modern classical music, so simply you and a friend could perform it, yet its weaving rhythms can entertain you far more than the 3:49 run time.

1. Tannhäuser Overture by Richard Wagner

One of the best overtures from one of the best opera composers ever born, its bombastic brilliance is emulated in many modern film scores including Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

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