Classical Music for Studying: The 14 Greatest Songs for Brain Power


17 January 2022, 11:05

Classical Music and Study: The 14 Greatest Songs for Brain Power.

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Need to lower your head? Science suggests these are the perfect classic works to study.

Music can make or break a review session. So we’ve prepared a countdown to the perfect classical music to put you on the road to success…

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  1. Salzburg Symphony No. 1 (“Divertimento in D Major”) – Mozart

    The perfect, peppy slice of musical motivation to launch you headfirst into your study session. The extensive interaction between the violins will lead and prepare you for an effective day of revision.

  2. Canon in D – Pachelbel

    An easy one but a goodie. The way Pachelbel’s Canon builds on that one stable cello line makes it the perfect concentration soundtrack.

  3. Gymnopédie n°1 – Erik Satie

    Take a deep breath, take a sip of hot tea and listen to this beautiful minimalist piano piece. Sometimes the simplest melodies can bring the deepest thoughts…

  4. Goldberg–Bach Variations

    A masterpiece of the classical repertoire. Bach’s music has a deep, disciplined meter and precise structure that make it the perfect soundtrack for a stimulating study session.

  5. Opening of the Academic Festival – Brahms

    It’s time to pick up the pace a bit. Brahms is the perfect rhythm-booster when you need to skim through long passages of text – and when that brass fanfare rings out, it’s just pure joy.

  6. Time (creation) – Hans Zimmer

    Intense, moving and disturbing: Zimmer’s main theme for Creation has the power to take you to a world of pure focus, determination and brain power.

  7. The Well-Tempered Clavier – Bach

    Fingers starting to feel a little clunky on old laptop keys? J.S. Bach Well-tempered keyboard is a masterpiece of precision, designed to train your mind as well as your keyboard technique.

  8. Studies – Chopin

    Lunch break is over, you had a coffee, now let’s get back to it. The ambitious arpeggio passages in Chopin’s diabolic Studies are the perfect brain trainer.

  9. Piano Concerto No. 23 – Mozart

    Listening to Mozart has long been said to be good for concentration (some studies even say it might make your baby smarter). While there may be no evidence in this particular pudding, the gorgeous soaring melodies and beautifully balanced rhythms of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 will get you in the right frame of mind.

  10. The Hours – Philip Glass

    A genius work of minimalism. Simple layers upon simple layers build, creating beautiful cross-rhythms to spur you on in times when you feel like the review will never end.

  11. Studies – Debussy

    Debussy designed each of his etudes to focus on a different practice technique. The perfect setting for an effective study session.

  12. A Beautiful Mind – James Horner

    For those times when you feel like your brain just isn’t up to it, turn it on. Horner’s gorgeous orchestration and spinning melodies give you the power and motivation to feel capable of anything.

  13. Je Giorni – Einaudi

    A gentle, hypnotic piece to bring you peace while you work and to help you breathe if you ever feel like there’s too much on your plate.

  14. Moonlight Sonata (I) – Beethoven

    A set of slow, hypnotic arpeggios immerses you in Beethoven’s most beloved solo piano piece. Reflective and calm, it’s the perfect background music for your studies.

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