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All classical music is great for everyone to listen to, but there are some pieces that may become easier to understand as we grow older!

We encourage you to listen to the list and research the composers and pieces which catch your ear. Some of the highlights in this list:

  • The Cuatrao Estaciones Porteñas are also known as The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. In this work, Astor Piazzolla adapts the model of Vivaldi's famous The Four Seasons into a tango style adapted from the music of his native Argentina.
  • Aaron Copland celebrates our 16th president in A Lincoln Portrait, commissioned during World War 2 around the same time as Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.
  • Antonín Dvořák composed his New World Symphony after encountering American music — especially by African Americans and Native Americans — during his visit to the United States.
  • Sones de Mariachi is an energetic piece by Mexican composer Blas Galindo which, as its name suggests, celebrates the sound of mariachi.

Have younger kids? Check out Classical Music for Elementary Schoolers

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