Don't we need it just now! Do you have any particular pieces which help to put you in a better mood regardless of your starting point?
Let me explain. If I'm feeling down I find that music which is incorrigibly cheerful can actually be very irritating. But there is music at the 'cheerful' end of the spectrum which always gives me a lift. If I'm feeling good to start with I feel even better at the end. If I'm feeling down it moves me towards the good territory without jarring or annoying me. So here are some examples of the music on my 'feelgood' memory stick - in no particular order:
Schumann piano quintet
Dvorak - string quintet Op 97
Mozart - piano concerto no 15 K450
no 21 K467
no 23 K488
2 piano concerto K365
Beethoven - Archduke trio
Quartet Op74 ('Harp')
Nielsen - Symphony no 3 'Espansiva'
Vivaldi - Op4 'La Stravaganza'
Janacek - Sinfonietta
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8, movements 2 and 3.
The string Serenades from Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.
French Swing Jazz, both vocal and instrumental
Beethoven Symphony No 7 - does it every time!
It seems this is about listening. For me, first is Mendelssohn Octet, most of the Bach works, Beethoven, most string quartets.
Not that "feel-good" music definitely isn't the same as my "favorite pieces" list. Also, some of these pieces are for wind ensembles.
I think that looking for external influences to make you feel better when you're not feeling good is in many cases not the best approach to the problem, though music is likely to be much better than many recourses in that it also happens to engage your own faculties towards that end.
Joey DeFrancesco's 1989 album "All of Me" ... find it on Spotify, you'll have a smile on your face in 30 seconds, I promise.
Vivaldi always provokes smiles. I know he is not on the "greatest" list, but I always have the impression that he had just invented harmony (of course he didn't) and was having great fun playing with this new toy. His opera arias are a revelation, not heard by us until very recently.
J Ray - I agree entirely with your comments, especially 'I've found on occasion that playing a sad piece can improve my mood, because doing so gives expression, therefore some release.'. You have found better words to express what I was thinking about.
I can't remember specific titles right now, but some of Haydn's pieces are joyfully uplifting, especially on a sunny morning.
I do love a bit of feelgood classical music. The Vaughn Williams English Folk Song Suite is one of my go to pieces for a pick me up. It reminds me of an England that has gone by and that no longer exists.
MZ, you find it blows away the morning dew for you, do you?
Chuck Mangione? Might be cheating though.
@M Zilpah - full agreement abouut RVW's Folksong Suite! Also the Tallis Fantasia and The Lark Ascending.
Interesting that the OP writes
Beethoven and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerti, played by Zino Francescatti.
Yes @Sander Marcus - I remember an LP pairing the wonderful Francescatti in the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.
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