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Mozart's Top 10 Scary, Funny, Exciting, & Beautiful Pieces

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Published on Feb 15, 2008

Mozart's 10 Most Terrifying, Funny, Exciting, and Beautiful Pieces

Most people think of Classical music as merely soothing or relaxing. Not true. Classical music can be terrifying, electrifying, saddening, or just plain silly. Certainly some of it is merely pleasant - after all, most Classical music was written to entertain an audience. But the best composers always tried to vary their style. And Mozart, who was the best composer of the Classical Period, has a dynamic repertoire that never fails to surprise. Here are choice clips from what I believe are his most terrifying, funniest, most exciting, and most beautiful pieces.

Notes:
I hope the abrupt endings on some of these frustrate you to the point where you want to listen to the entire piece just to see how the next parts go. I must stress - these parts you are hearing, only begin to describe these pieces. These are not the "best parts." I made a conscious effort to put parts of the pieces that are interesting, but without giving away the farm, so to speak. For example, the greatest part of the Laudate Dominum, the "Amen," comes right after the end of the clip you hear.

There are some key pieces that are not a part of this. Some may point out that the Dies Irae from the Requiem is probably his most terrifying piece. No quarrels there. However, it and many other pieces that might have been on this list are part of another list that I have recently put up.

After seeing some comments disputing my opinion about the scariness of the Kyrie from Mozart's Great C Minor mass, I encourage you to listen to the piece in its entirety. That piece of music communicates - to me, at least - the desperation with which the dying clamor for God's mercy. It's terrifying and beautiful at the same time.

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  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Song

    • Mass In C Minor, K. 427, Kyrie
  • Artist

    • Neville Marriner, Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields, Academy O
  • Licensed by

    • UMG (on behalf of Fantasy Records); Public Domain Compositions, Sony ATV Publishing, and 8 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-플룻과 하프를 위한 협주곡 `K2992악장 안단티노
  • Artist

    • 더릴랙스
  • Album

    • 우리아이기능성태교 40
  • Licensed by

    • Re-one sensation (on behalf of 케미컬레코드)
  • Song

    • 2. ANDANTE CON MOTO [SYMPHONY
  • Artist

    • MAAZEL/NEW YORK PHIL
  • Licensed by

    • UMG, and 1 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • Barbara Hendricks
  • Album

    • 100 Best Sacred Works
  • Licensed by

    • WMG (on behalf of PLG UK Classics); Public Domain Compositions, and 1 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K183-173dB - I. Allegro con brio
  • Artist

    • Gunther Hasselmann
  • Album

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Essential Collection Of Complete Works - Volume 1 - Disc 7
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    • AdRev for Rights Holder (on behalf of RMK Records), and 2 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • Mozart - Symphony No.29 (1st movement)
  • Artist

    • Apollo Symphony Orchestra
  • Album

    • AudioSparx_489
  • Licensed by

    • AdShare MG for a Third Party (on behalf of AudioSparx); Public Domain Compositions

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