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Have your imagination ever run with classical music?

Asked by Your_Majesty (8212points) August 17th, 2011

I have a feeling that it’s not only me who was brought in to imaginative stories while I was listening to classical music/orchestra.

The very simple example I could give is when I was listening to “Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy” classical song I was taken in to Northern land, with glacier, and icy caves. I saw sugar plum fairies dancing in ballet style so delicately on a freezing lake, their bulky and white body dance harmoniously with the deep, clear, and dark-bluish freezing lake. I even ventured inside the icy caves, and peek those dancing fairies from inside the icy cave through some icy opened-gap. That song is short enough, if it’s a long song my imagination could run even deeper and more diverse as the music goes on.

How about you? Mind to give your personal experience?

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woodcutter's avatar

It will help to have it in the background when I’m working on something but I don’t try to imagine the song playing out. If I’m trying hard to concentrate on things I don’t do well with screaming stratocasters bombarding me even if the volume is low, it just won’t work but classical promotes calm thinking if it is there to be had at all. I rarely if ever catch the name of the music.

Blueroses's avatar

My very favorite Polovtsian Dances from the opera Prince Igor by Borodin. I put it on, close my eyes and my imagination fills in so many pictures.

Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun also makes stories in my head.

TexasDude's avatar

I wrote a series of three stories based on Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

I wound up getting a full scholarship to college, in part because of these stories.

plethora's avatar

No, but “Have your imagination…..” is now running through mine.

ddude1116's avatar

Classical music hasn’t inspired stories in me so much as emotion. I feel more when listening to it, and it helps me write poems inspired by the music.

disenchanted_poisongirl's avatar

When I was a child, I’d listen to classical music every day. I’d think of a different story each day, and act like all the people and creatures I had made up were actually there.

Hibernate's avatar

I know I did imagine things and fantasized a bit but I can’t remember any of them now.

[I’ll return later]

marinelife's avatar

Edvard Grieg’s music from Peer Gynt has always evoked wonderful pictures for me. “Morning Mood” and “The Hall of the Mountain King.”

I also find Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” very evocative.

laineybug's avatar

When my school band played the song that was the I Know You song in Sleeping beauty It had an actual name, but I forget what it was. I imagined two people dancing together in a forest, like it was in the movie.

athenasgriffin's avatar

Whenever I listen to any music, I am drawn into a story within my mind. Not only classical music. However, music without words lets my imagination run wind, which is preferable at times.

CWOTUS's avatar

A lot of the Saturday morning cartoons that we grew up with a half-century ago were backgrounded with classical music.

Listen to Rossini’s William Tell Overture (Part 1, Part 2) and notice how many themes you recognize from various places – apart from the one that everyone you know will recognize.

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