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Your favourite classical music to increase concentration is?

Asked by cynicaldeath (220points) February 23rd, 2011

I’ve heard from many different sources that listening to classical music such as Mozart helps your concentration. What’s your favorite classical music to listen to when doing work?

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kheredia's avatar

Chopin, Nocturne in E flat major, Op 9 no. 2 is one of my favorite piano concertos.. I can listen to that for hours!! Also, Vivaldi’s Four seasons is great!!!

kheredia's avatar

Also, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata are both amazing!! There are so many beautiful classical creations out there.. you really don’t have to look very hard to find something you just love.

Jeruba's avatar

I have never found that it increases concentration. I’ve been a classical music lover since I was a little kid, but I always stop and listen to it. The best thing for my concentration is silence.

sliceswiththings's avatar

@Jeruba I agree, but it’s better than other noises. The local cafĂ© with the best internet has the worst music, so I can’t concentrate with that. I put on my headphones and drown it out with classical, because it’s better.

And strangely enough, Spanish music helps me too. The Gipsy Kings blocks other music and keeps my brain working.

cookieman's avatar

Vivaldi for sure.

I also like jazz standards such as Dinah Washington

longtresses's avatar

This is not really classical music, but it’s one of my favorite, and it really works for me:
Fractal music.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Amazon has a great classical music download The Best Classical Music for Non-Classical People. I’ve got it on my iPod for those moments when only classical music will do. It’s quite focusing.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Anything by Vivaldi
Bach Bradenburg Concerto
Bagatelle for Piano in A minor (A.K.A. Fur Elise)
Symphony no. 94 in G Major -Haydn
The 1812-Tchaikovsky
Suite for Keyboard in G minor- Lynn Harrell & Nigel Kennedy
String Quartet no. 12 in F Major -Dvorak
Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto #1 in B flat minor

These are just some of the ones I listen to most often

stratman37's avatar

whatever it is, it just can’t be too intrusive. you want something pleasant in the background that will stimulate productivity without making you stop to play air guitar

WasCy's avatar

@Jeruba wrote my answer for me.

However, I will add that after listening to classical music of all kinds and appreciating the beauty and complexity of it – and sometimes its message and context – I’m often more attuned with other things around me, too, including any reading I might be doing. But not so much while I’m trying to do the reading, no.

gailcalled's avatar

Not unsurprisingly, @Jeruba wrote my answer for me also. I can polish silver or wash windows while listening to the Waldstein as played by Horowitz; it energises me.

But I can’t imagine being able to concentrate on a Schubert lieder and an op-ed piece in The Times simultaneously. I would do neither of them justice.

(I just got a rare chance to use a double-negative incorrectly without sounding pompous.)

MilkyWay's avatar

my favourite is listening to the piano pieces and compositions by a guy called YIRUMA.
trust me you have to listen to him.

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