A Toast to National Classical Music Month!

pianoIf you think that classical music has zero impact on your life—think again. Numerous classical songs have made their way into our lives through traditional events, television, the big screen and modern music.  In honor of National Classic Music Month, WineStraws would like to toast our Top 8 Classical Melody picks that we guarantee you have heard. Just because you don’t know the names of the composers or the pieces, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy and appreciate these musical compositions…with a nice glass of wine of course  :)

Happy National Music Month!

#8: William Tell Overture

A popular melody used in situations that are frantic, fast-forwarded and hurried, this melody is frequently used in comical and humorous scenarios both on television and in the movies. It is also the theme song for The Lone Ranger, and tops the list of our favorites.

#7:  Bach, Minuet in G, Anna Magdalena Notebook (Petzold)

Probably heard at every child’s piano recital, this musical piece is also often featured in commercials, film, as well as in Willie Nelson’s 1986 hit version “Bach Minuet in G“.

#6:  2001 A Space Odyssey Opening

Used in television and movies to indicate the feeling of something happening on a grand scale, this piece has been heard in the 2005 film “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory”, was played by Elvis before he would perform on stage, and is WWE wrestler Rick Flair’s entrance music.

 #5:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart–Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Arguably Mozart’s most famous piece, this number sets the stage for posh parties, banquets, or balls in movies. It was the intro music for the original 1983 Mario Bros Nintendo game, featured in the 2006 film “Tenacious D In: The Pick Of Destiny,” and is sung by “The Four Peters” in the 2005 episode of Family Guy titled “Model Misbehavior”…now that’s a lot of fame for a song that dates back to the mid 1700’s!

#4: Händel Messiah – Hallelujah Chorus

Whether you have heard it in a religious setting or have seen it in a comedy show, when someone saves the day, this popular melody is #4 on the WineStraws list of Classic Classical Hits.

#3: Richard Wagner – Lohengrin, Act 3 – “Treulich geführt ziehet dahin”

Anyone that has attended a wedding, participated in a wedding, or has seen a wedding scene on the big screen, has hummed along to this song at one time or another. A song that was not intended to be a wedding song is now the signature piece for weddings around the world.

 #2 Beethoven’s 5th Symphony

Aside from being Judge Judy’s theme music, this Classical Music piece is famous around the world.  Also played during a 2007 TV commercial for XM satellite radio (featuring Snoop Dogg) this piece which, we like to refer to as the “Duh, Duh, Duh Duuuuuh”, comes in a close second in our top Classical Music favorites.

#1: Palladio by Karl Jenkins diamondcommercial music

What girl doesn’t love this commercial?  It has moved us, and coincidentally the diamond market, when the DeBeers commercials hit television screens across the nation.

When we think of what life would be without music, it’s easy to see that National Classical Music Month is a time of the year to be embraced and celebrated.

What classical music melodies are your favorites?

2 Comments

  1. I love the diamond commercial. Gets me every time!

  2. Bottle Joy says:

    I love relaxing with Amadeus and a glass of Pinot Noir!

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