I cannot pretend to know a great deal about classical music, because I really don’t. However, I do enjoy it, and among the composers who can be found in my collection are the likes of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Mendelssohn and many more.
However, the one that stands at the top for me is Beethoven. I love everything I have heard by him, although I must confess to not having heard everything yet. But although I love all the huge sweeping pieces he wrote, what I really love is in fact something much more intimate – the piano sonatas. I have always admired any composer who can create such a powerful atmosphere, tinged with such strong emotion, using only a single instrument, and I have always felt Beethoven’s sonatas really bring the piano to life in this manner.
As The Moonlight Sonata is my favourite piece of classical music, I thought I’d link to that. This particular clip has all three movements, and although the first is the most well known, I have always loved the third movement, which starts approximately halfway through the clip just after the 8 minute mark (one day I want to learn piano just to play this movement – it just blows my mind).
Who’s your favourite classical composer, and what’s your favourite piece of classical music?