Suggestions of relaxing pieces
Music of different kinds can create different emotions. I am looking for pieces that create a state of peace of mind in both the player and the listener : a feeling to stop thinking and be mindful, not a desire to cry or dance or fall in love.
I know it's easier to find this kind of music with other instruments (flute, piano, traditional asian instuments...).
One example i found is air on the G string :
Do you have any suggestions of sources or pieces ?
Thank you anyway
Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV4LlCtvgwE
2nd movement of Brahms D minor violin sonata.
Granted that some music has a more relaxing effect than others. And some famous soprano sax players make me agitated regardless of style of music. But relaxation is an internal state, and it can arise despite contrary external stimuli. My playing and learning is better when I have a more relaxed attitude and state, without compromise, and it needs to be so, independently of the type of music.
Tchaikovsky Melodie is very calming to me, but it is a bit gushy. I have always felt the most peace when listening to Bach’s music. Not the dramatic parts like the Chaconne, but Gavotte en Rondeau/Loure/Minuettes from the E major Partita, any of the Fugues, or the Sarabande from Partita 2. I know a lot of these are dance movements, but there’s just something about Bach that puts me at ease.
Svendson Romance. This is the first thing that came to mind. (I had a cat who used to climb my legs whenever I would play this piece. Never figured out why and he never climbed me any other time.)
2nd movement of Bach Concerto for Two Violins.
Check out consort music recorded by Fretwork. Another option is renesanse Music... Gregorian chants and vocal music from Orthodox Christian tradition.
Song to the Moon from Rusalka by Dvorak
Might as well add the slow movement of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra.
2nd movement of the bruch and mendelssohn violin concertos.
If you are looking to relax with music in the background, I find atonal music doing a good job of blocking any other thoughts, perhaps because I respond to it similar to the way I respond to white noise, unless I am deliberately and intently listening. I find myself blocking out the background completely if I'm listening to tonal music in the background, often wandering in other thoughts instead, which in itself is tiring for me.
For me, meditative music should be repetitive, not emotion-inducing (which a lot of the slow Mozart movements are). I think the Part suggestion was spot on.
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