It has long been said that to promote the development of babies and kids, it is recommended to play your children classical music while they play or perform activities and also while they sleep.
Don Campbell, a teacher, and musician, says that the classical music the children like the best is Mozart’s because it’s pure, simple and at the same time, so mysterious and accessible that it stimulates growing neurons. Taking advantage of the possibility of putting music on the tickets, I wanted to make a compilation of the best classical music for kids, in this case, the one that would have a more stimulating effect and could relax them the most. Enjoying classical music is not an exclusive pleasure for the elderly. That’s why, we are bringing you different proposals of classical music for the children of the house and in this case, we are going to look at the best fun classical music for kids. These are classics with a surprising and descriptive music, thanks to which, we hear a typewriter, a sheep or a great instrumental sneeze.
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1. Flight of the Bumblebee
The Flight of the Bumblebee is a fun composition by Rimsky-Korsakov. Originally an orchestral interlude that closes the third act of the opera “El cuento Del Zar Saltán”, which bases its argument on a text by Alexandr Pushkin. The tsar’s son, Prince Gvidon becomes an insect so he can secretly visit his father.
The frenetic melody, as a perpetual movement, is fragmented and passes through different sections of the orchestra. However, for what it is known is to be interpreted independently and by a single instrument (piano, trumpet, violin), thus demonstrating the performer’s virtuosity and technical mastery of it to achieve that imitation of the buzz of a buzzard.
2. The typewriter and a clock
Here we have the fabulous Typewriter by the American composer Leroy Anderson, great for typing with children on any surface or any imaginary machine. The typewriter (1950) is a subject where humor is expressed by the use of the typewriter as a single instrument. We hear the typing, the end of the line with its characteristic timbre and the roll advance to change of line. Leroy Anderson is known for his lightweight and novel little pieces, which soon became famous thanks to their contagious and ingenious melodies. Another one is “The syncopated clock” in which we hear the ticking and even the alarm clock. Great to start the day with joy!
3. Funny Cats’ Duet
This amusing work by Rossini, “Funny Cats’ Duet”, is undoubtedly a sign of the author’s great sense of humor. It seems that Rossini, known especially for his operas, was a little tired of hearing how the great divas of the time modified at their whim to show off or simply forgot, the texts of the arias. So to avoid it, he decided to write this little piece for two sopranos and a piano. There are those who say that it is dedicated to two cats that every morning wakes the master from his window. Nice, but … was it?
4. Don Quixote and the sheep
Strauss’s “Don Quixote” has been said to have gone beyond all his contemporaries in the art of allowing the listener to see through the ear. We will check with this fun fragment.
In the recording we can hear from the minute 11’14 ” begins the variation that describes the chapter in which one of the sad figures is thrown against a herd of rams and sheep, thinking that it is an evil army.
5. Mozart – Piano Sonata in D major K.448 – First movement
It is said that students who listen to it for ten minutes before doing an intelligence test get better results in space-time tests. It is also said that it prevents (this piece and other similar pieces from Mozart or Bach) possible epileptic seizures.
6. Mozart – Piano Sonata No.11, K 331, III Alla Turca
Surely, you know her for her beautiful sea of notes.
7. Vivaldi – The spring – First movement
Probably the most famous work of Antonio Vivaldi; it is full of vitality and joy.
8. Mozart – Sonata No. 15 – K. 545
One of Mozart’s hymns which they say stimulates learning.
9. Beethoven – Op. Quintet 16 – Third movement
It is a beautiful rondo of the master Beethoven.
10. Vivaldi – Summer – Third movement
Recipe: Manage it with care; it is extremely energetic but magical at the same time.
11. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 1
It is less popular than the mythical Hungarian dance No. 5 but more stable in terms of rhythm and therefore, more suitable for children.
12. Mozart – Divertimento K229 – Minueto y trio
This is a curious Mozart composition, very much his style.
13. Bach – Orchester-Suite No.2 Badinerie
Bach was also great … perfect for kids.
14. Grieg – The Morning
You will soon find out that it is different from the rest. The morning is dedicated to the sun, at dawn and honestly, I have no trouble imagining it while I listen. Perhaps, more than for playing time, it can be a “Good morning, my love” to the baby who wakes up with the light of a new day and opens, little by little, his precious little eyes.
15. Bach – Concert for flute BWV 1044 Allegro
It is a very lively and cheerful composition.
16. Tchaikovsky – The Sleeping Beauty
Just listening to her prompts you to write her (“Tu tuuuú, prince azuuuuul …”) or to hold your baby in her arms and start dancing with him.
17. Mozart – Sonata No.12 in F Major
This is a lively composition that deserves to be heard.
18. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
It is a well-known and lively piece by Bach master.
19. Mozart – Little Night Serenade
This is another one of those indispensable pieces of Mozart.
20. Liszt – Liebestraum No. 3
This is a sample of the virtuosity of Franz Liszt.
21. Camille Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals
22. George Frideric Handel – Water Music
23. Edward Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March #1 Op.39
24. Johann Strauss Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Op. 214
25. Johann Strauss Radetzky March Op 228
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