Artists of the Week: Classical Edition

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The general consensus in regard to junior year is that it is the most stressful, challenging, and time-consuming of all the high school grade levels. As a junior myself, I have to agree–with 4 AP/honors classes, cross country, an after school job, and other extracurriculars, homework can sometimes be a struggle to get through in a timely manner, especially if I’d like to sleep for more than six hours. I’ve found that listening to piano covers and classical music while I study really helps me focus, so here are a few of my favorites.

 

1) Pachelbel Meets U2-Jon Schmidt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVRcbc5_WoI

Photo courtesy to www.jonschmidt.com

This mashup of ‘Pachelbel Canon’ and U2’s ‘With or Without You’ exemplifies the use of combining classic with modern music to create magic.  There are quiet moments and intense moments, and at least three or four different instruments used–creativity at its finest.

2) Crystalize- Lindsey Stirling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI

Photo courtesy to fanart.tv

Complete with a music video set in an icy wonderland, this violin/dubstep tune is one of a kind, to say the least. Dramatic and dynamic, Stirling’s music is a fresh take on a classic instrument.

 

3) Bittersweet- Jim Brickman http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHLIwwlmZa4

Photo courtesy to www.mlive.com

This (almost) purely piano song is true to its name–it’s dripping with melancholy sweetness. I find it to be especially applicable for weeping over the casualties of the Revolutionary War while I do USHAP notes.

 

4) Time to Say Goodbye-Emile Pandolfi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c1_LW2kMwM

Photo courtesy to www.goingbarefoot.com

This song has been done by many different people, and used in many different ways–in all honesty, I recognized it from the opening scene of Blades Of Glory. However, Pandolfi’s version is by far my favorite.

 

Keep in mind that classical music is not just for people over the age of 50. Happy studying!

Emily Porat
This is Emily's third year in Oracle and final year in high school. When she's not writing, she spends most of her time jamming out to rad tunes, playing with her four cats, and online shopping.
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  1. None of this music is really classical music though. The closest to that would be the U2 mashup with Pachelbel Canon, but that’s a stretch itself. Pachelbel Canon is a baroque composition from the baroque composer Pachelbel, from the baroque period, which as you can see, is not the classical period, which started ~40 years after Pachelbel died. Also, classical music doesn’t mean being performed with a piano or some other string instrument, but music that was composed and stylistically follows the main trend in the mid to late 1700s.