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School is back in! We have a list of the best classical music to study to.

News 2021-09-08

School is back in! We have a list of the best classical music to study to.

Today, thousands of kids across the province made their way back to school and what will hopefully be a more normal year of learning in the classroom. Science suggests that listening to classical music while you study will put you on the road to academic success. So without further ado . . .here is a list of the perfect classical works for studying as chosen by the UK’s Classic FM.

Salzburg Symphony No. 1 (‘Divertimento in D major’) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The perfect, high-spirited slice of musical motivation to throw you head-first into your study session. Extensive interplay between the violins will drive you on and set you up for an efficient day of hitting the books.

Canon in D – Pachelbel

An easy-but-a-goodie. The way Pachelbel’s Canon builds on that one, steady cello line makes it the ideal concentration soundtrack.

Gymnopédie No. 1 – Erik Satie

Sometimes, it’s the simplest melodies that bring the deepest thoughts. Take a deep breath, a warm sip of tea and listen to this beautiful, minimal piano piece.

Goldberg Variations – Bach

A masterpiece of classical repertoire. J.S. Bach’s music has a deep, disciplined measure and precise structure that make it the ideal soundtrack to a stimulating study session.

Academic Festival Overture – Brahms

Time to put a little jump into our step. Johaness Brahms is the perfect pace-quickener for when you need to blast through long passages of text – and when that brass fanfare hits, it’s just pure joy.

Time (Inception) – Hans Zimmer

Intense, moving and disturbing: Hans Zimmer’s main theme for Inception has the power to take you into a world of pure focus, determination and brain power.

The Well-Tempered Clavier – Bach

Fingers starting to feel a bit clumsy on the old laptop keys? J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier is a masterpiece of precision, designed to train your mind as well your keyboard technique.

Etudes – Frédéric Chopin

Lunch break is over, you’ve had a coffee, now let’s get back to it. The ambitious arpeggio passages in Frédéric Chopin’s fiendish Etudes are the perfect brain-trainer.

Piano Concerto No. 23 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

It’s long been rumoured that listening to Mozart is good for focusing (some studies even say the ‘Mozart Effect’ could make your baby smarter). While there may be no proof in that particular pudding, the gorgeous rising melodies and beautifully balanced rhythms in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 will guide you into the right mindset.

The Hours – Philip Glass

A genius work of minimalism. Simple layers on simple layers build, creating beautiful cross-rhythms to spur you on in the moments where it feels like the cramming may never end.

Etudes – Claude Debussy

Debussy designed each of his etudes to focus on a different practice technique. The perfect framework for an efficient study session.

A Beautiful Mind – James Horner

For those moments when you feel like your brain just isn’t up to it, pop this on. Horner’s gorgeous orchestration and spinning melodies give you the power and drive to make you feel capable of anything.

I Giorni – Ludovico Einaudi

A gentle, hypnotic piece to bring you peace while you work, and to help you breathe if you ever feel like there’s just too much on your plate.

Moonlight Sonata (I) – Ludwig van Beethoven

A slow, hypnotic set of arpeggios lulls you into Beethoven’s most loved solo piano piece. Reflective and calm, it’s the ideal background music to your studies.

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