Classical Music Month

I almost missed the fact that September is Classical Music Month! President Bill Clinton designated Classical Music Month back in 1994. Read his proclamation. But it’s never too late to celebrate classical music, because you can enjoy listening to it all year ’round.

Despite being considered by some to be “old and boring,” classical music is timeless and relevant. Even little kids like listening to it. Try playing classical music during meals, at nap time, when children are drawing or playing quietly, and in the car. There is even some classical music designed specifically for children such as Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. Listen to the music and read the illustrated story of Peter and the Wolf. This is a wonderful introduction to symphony orchestra instruments.

Classical Music Archives – The largest classical music site on the web also includes the largest collection of free classical music MIDI files. Check out all of the “Must-Know/Must-Have” Works (can be filtered by period/genre or composer).

Free reading on Classical composers: Fall into Classical Music Month – Classical music is a critical component of the fine arts, with 16th, 17th and 18th century composers paving the way for today’s modern musicians.  To honor these talented artists and their infamous works, this site provides reference works on five of history’s most researched classical composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Johannes Brahms.

Classical Music Trivia – How much do you know about classical music? Try your hand at this quiz, put together by Minnesota Public Radio’s music experts.

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