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Can you recommend classical music to listen to while studying?

Asked by stardust (10544points) September 10th, 2012

I’m looking for some relaxing classical music to listen to while I study, as the library can be noisy. I’d rather stick my headphones on and get on with it, but preferably with some soothing music.
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Tachys's avatar

Debussy – Suite bergamasque

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Vivaldi, The Four Seasons.
Handel, Water Music
Antonio Salieri, anything.

Cruiser's avatar

I use Pandora which really does a nice job of offering a wide slice of great music!

marinelife's avatar

Mozart is supposed to raise the IQ. But I personally love Bach. The Brandenburg Concertos are wonderful.

jaytkay's avatar

Erik Satie’s Gymnopedies is lovely ambient music from the 1880s

You can get his complete piano works for $20, pretty good for 5 CDs

gailcalled's avatar

Personally, I would wear ear plugs. I cannot imagine listening to most of the pieces suggested above as background music.

Fancy trying to concentrate on French grammar or partial differential equations during Vivald’s Winter or The Brandenburgs. I would do neither the academics nor the music justice.

rooeytoo's avatar

It’s interesting, I don’t mind music playing quietly in the background while I work or study. But I can’t concentrate on the subject at hand if I have head phones or ear plugs pouring it directly into my ears.

I go with @gailcalled , I would opt for squishy ear plugs to dampen the exterior sounds.

judochop's avatar

Classical, you can just pick through the greats.
Chamber Music? Try Kronos Quartet or the Vitamen String Quartet.

lookingglassx3's avatar

Great classical music which is very relaxing (these are mostly movie soundtracks):
The Gravel Road from The Village.
Fairy Dance from Peter Pan.
Main Theme from A Beautiful Mind.
American Beauty by Thomas Newman.
Aquarium from Carnival of Animals.
Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky.

gailcalled's avatar

@lookingglassx3: If I listened to Swan Lake, I would soon be en pointe and doing tours jet├ęs around the stacks.

lookingglassx3's avatar

@gailcalled Hahaha, good point. :) I do think it’s relaxing, but after thirty seconds I’d probably find myself stood next to you doing pirouettes. xD

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