Classical melodies have a genre of their own, from being slow and melodic to fast and memorable. When listening to such classics, one thing is for sure: they touch us on a deep emotional level unlike anything else we experience during daily life. Behold our list of the most beautiful classical melodies that are sure to bring tears to your eyes and touch your soul. Read on to know which of these is the saddest but fulfilling for you.
Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart’s Serenade for Strings is the soundtrack to a host of films, TV programs, and adverts. The melody represented Charlie’s Angels – Full Throttle. Drew Barrymore danced on this melody during her debut performance at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood. It was moments before Drew got kidnapped by Elizabeth Berkley. The latter had disguised herself as an angel (or just someone with wings) behind the curtain. This classical melody has also featured prominently ever since Amadeus featuring Mozart himself, discussed his work while writing this piece.
Beethoven – Für Elise
This piece, composed by Ludwig van Beethoven is among the most well-known and loved classical melodies of music ever. The rhythm is so catchy that there have been countless interpretations since its release in 1809. This includes a cubist rendition from 1912 to honor one of Picasso’s paintings at his sister Lola Montes’ home ́to celebrate their birthday party.
Puccini – ‘O mio babbino caro’ from Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi is a one-act opera about the lengths one family will inherit money from an elderly relative. A young girl named Lauretta discovers her father’s plans to marry her off against her wishes and sings this famous melody, “O Mio Babbino Caro.” It is Puccini’s most romantic piece ever, and its fame goes beyond his own time.
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J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor
The opening of Bach’s piece is instantly recognizable and depicts some pretty terrifying scenes throughout films. In 1931, “The Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” played it during the beginning credits to warn audiences that things will get a little spooky.
Beethoven – Symphony No.5 in C minor
The opening chords of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony have come to represent the sound of Fate at work. The first four notes, da da duummm (or in German: “Das ist der vierte Schlag”), symbolize a single door knock, leading listeners into an extraordinary symphony. This classical melody’s popularity is beyond classical music and has been featured in pop songs like “Life In Technicolor” by Coldplay.
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Antonio Vivaldi captured the mood of each season in a way that is both dramatic and beautiful. Four Seasons makes us feel like we are standing right there. We get to experience every detail as our minds take on Vivaldi’s journey through nature’s cycle.
Bizet – ‘Carmen’
In 1875, Bizet’s opera Carmen made waves one of the most risqué plots for an operatic piece. The music was so catchy that it managed to make its way into Pixar’s film ‘Up’ and ‘Sesame Street ́s’ rendition. Many don’t know how this groundbreaking opera remains today in popularity, among other successful works by composers like Mozart or Wagner.
Johann Strauss II – The Blue Danube
The Blue Danube is a song made famous by the Viennese waltz composer Johann Strauss II. The name “Blue Danube” derives from its association with Lake Constance in western Turkey, also known as “The Turkish Sea” or simply being ‘blue.’ However, film lovers might recognize it from Stanley Kubrick’s epic 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The opening sequence features this iconic piece of music and imagery.
Ravel – Boléro
Ravel’s “Bolero” is one of the most famous classical melodies. It was initially composed as a ballet for Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein. When Torvill and Dean performed this piece at their 1984 Olympics gold medal-winning performance, they brought Ravel’s work to international fame.
Delibes – ‘Flower Duet from Lakmé
This duet was sung initially between a soprano and mezzo-soprano. Still, today it can be heard in many different arrangements. Kate Winslet sings to Leonardo DeCaprio’s character in the movie Titanic. The scene represents both characters hanging on for dear life following the sinking of the ill-fated ship.
Grieg – ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ from Peer Gynt Suite
Peer Gynt is a Norwegian play about the life of an adventurous man. Grieg composed incidental music for this production and later turned his work into two suites that have become some of his best-known pieces. The first movement from Suite No 1, Opus 46, has been used in many different forms over time, including rock bands like Electric Light Orchestra or Savatage. However, it was originally written as background music to accompany one scene of Peer Gynt’s journey through “The Valley.”
Mozart – Overture from The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart’s overture for The Marriage of Figaro is prominently featured in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and many other movies, TV shows, commercials, and pop songs.
Puccini – ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot
Nessun Dorma became well-known to many when Luciano Pavarotti sang it. The melody has roots from Puccini’s final opera Turandot which tells of a brutal princess who rules with death. Paul Potts, the winner on Britain’s Got Talent, made this his calling card when he sang Nessun Dorma.
Prokofiev – ‘Dance of the Knights’ from Romeo and Juliet
The theme music for The Apprentice is from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, the most dramatic piece of music ever written. The melody represents the ballet’s opening, and no doubt, it influenced the producers to use this iconic work on their show.
Rossini – Overture from ‘William Tell’
Rossini’s overture to William Tell is instantly recognizable by its galloping rhythm and trumpet solos. The finale of this piece, called the ‘March of the Swiss Soldiers,’ has become almost a cliché in Western culture. It’s being used for car chases, and zany antics-and also features prominently in many ads. There are no other well-known melodies from this five-hour-long masterpiece besides the March of Swiss soldiers.
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