We hope these ideas prompt you to think through your favorites, which you can submit here!
Naming my favorite Classical piece, I have to admit, is easy. It’s Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 16 - and here’s why:
Before I graduated college I knew very little about classical music. I grew up in a home that rocked with the likes of Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, ACDC, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the occasional Run DMC.
After graduating I landed a production job at WSHU in Connecticut, a public radio station with NPR News and Classical Music. One of my responsibilities was to put together a nightly classical music show. The host picked the music and wrote her own copy - I made it sound good.
One night, she played Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 16, and I immediately recognized the music. I listened all the way through and by the end was both smiling and crying.
At the time I was living 149 miles away from my boyfriend, and I’d set up my phone to play a certain song when he called - the sweetest ringtone in the phone. And until that night in the studio, I never knew it was Mozart.
Without even knowing, that boyfriend, who would later become my husband, lead me to the composer who would become my favorite.
It’s not a very technical reason - but what are favorites, if not personal?
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