Paul Sarcich, Morley tutor for orchestral conducting and composition, shares another playlist of his favourite classical pieces for relaxing and letting go of stress.
For best results, turn lights out, lie down, close eyes. Then let some great composers detox your brain. Stay there for as long as it takes. I hope you discover some great music in the process.
Schubert: String Quintet in C, 2nd movement
The words “heavenly” and “otherworldly” are often applied to this piece, and rightfully so. The dying Schubert created nearly 15 minutes of sustained beauty, based on a few held chords and a skeletal melody. The more animated middle section gives way to complete peace by the end.
Bellini: Vaga Luna
If you are only aware of Bellini as a composer of high-octane bel canto arias, this will come as a surprise. A serenely beautiful, and breathtakingly simple melody is given a delicate and discreet accompaniment, in this song asking the moon to convey a message of love.
Holst: “Neptune” from The Planets
In a very different kind of otherworldliness to Schubert, Holst uses the astrological significance of Neptune as The Mystic to take us to the outer reaches of the Solar System. Strange, ethereal chords and tones eventually fade out into the darkness and coldness of outer space. After Neptune, only the Void.