31 Days of Classical, Day 15: Life on paper, turned into sound

July 15, 2014
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Jean-Philippe Rameau
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Each day throughout July, I'll share with you a piece of classical music. Thirty-one days, thirty-one pieces.

The list is by no means definitive, nor is it necessarily a list of all of my favorite music from the classical world. Every morning, I start my day with music that inspires me in some way, whether I'm inspired by its happiness, its loneliness, the instrumentation, the harmony, the colors, the melody -- each piece is special in some way -- and offers an opportunity to either hear something you've never heard, or hear something new in a piece you've known your whole life.

Jean-Philippe Rameau, Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin, Suite in A minor: 1st movement: "Allemande"

This is one of the most human pieces of music I've ever heard. When I listen to this, often on repeat, I feel mystically connected to it. It's so heartbreaking, this music, yet so full of motion and warmth — it's full of love. It's like Rameau put life on paper and turned it into sound. I'd never forgive myself if I linked you to a piano version — it's not even close to the same. The versions do not compare. Listen to how the left hand crawls down the keyboard to the lowest "A" at 1:50 — that is a sound that can't be replicated, nor can it be bettered on a piano.

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