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Classical music - timeless, meaningful, wordless

Monday, April 25, 2022
Graphic by Emma Kratky

How can such beautiful music not contain any words?

In recent years, most of the music that is produced contains some form of lyrics. Even if it's strictly filled with ad-libs, there's words! However, classical music usually has none. So how is it still so good?

My answer? The way it makes you feel. Growing up, I used to listen to classical music with my grandpa. I didn’t understand its beauty then, but as I’ve grown older and re-listened to classic songs like Claire De Lune or Nocturne No. 2, I now understand just how much emotion can be portrayed through even a few notes.

Somehow, someway, notes strung together into a beautiful melody can make you laugh, cry and imagine. Imagine all the beautiful things in the world represented together by one song.

And that's beautiful!

It’s limitless. Each song can have a million meanings depending on who’s listening.

While yes, many of you will think of Twilight when listening to Claire De Lune, I also think of the night sky, cold winter nights, the frost on flowers in the morning time.

What does any of it mean? I don’t really know. But to me it doesn’t matter.

Classical music is almost like a book. It can take you to a different time, a different place.

Complex compositions can leave you with complex feelings.

I think classical music isn’t the most popular in today’s day and age, but it will always have a place in my heart. Does it have a place in yours?

Here's a playlist to help you decide.

If you want to send me suggestions for next week’s playlist or a genre to listen to in general, message me at @emmakarrow.