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"You heard what piece?"
You may not realize it, but classical music and opera is everywhere: commercials, movies, documentaries, games, and much more. Below is a list of the most popular classical music around, and you've probably heard at least one of them.
1. Symphony #5 "Fate"- Allegro con brio (1st movement)
-Ludwig van Beethoven-

One of the best known compositions in classical music, you probably already know the distinctive 4-note melody in the very beginning that goes like this: "dun dun dun dunnnn...dun dun dun DUNNN..." Like a short-short long sort of thing. This is one of the most famous pieces of classical music worldwide, and has been put into movies, commercials, and even rock and disco versions. In fact, it is also the theme song for popular court show Judge Judy. It is also one of the most frequently played symphonies.
2. Toccata and Fugue in D minor
-Johann Sebastain Bach-




You might remember this piece from the Disney movie "Fantasia". This piece is one of the most popular pieces in organ works, and a popular classical piece in general. Besides seeing it in Fantasia, you've probably seen it in many other movies, TV shows, and more. The piece starts out sharp, then goes all over the place, so to speak, in a minor, dark mood. Other than being played on an organ, the piece has been transcribed for orchestra.

3."Treulich geführt" ("Here Comes the Bride")
-Richard Wagner-



Although many don't know this, the famous bridal chorus "Here Comes the Bride" was actually written by the great German composer Richard Wagner. It comes from Act 2 of his opera "Lohengrin." It is often played at weddings, and is probably the most well-known classical music piece in the entire world.
4.O Fortuna (from Carmina Burana)

-Carl Orff-


O Fortuna was actually a medieval poem written in the early 1200s, part of a collection of poems known as Carmina Burana. O Fortuna complains about fate and fortune and how it changes all the time. In 1935, Carl Orff got ahold of the collection and put it to music, with lyrics entirely in Latin. O Fortuna is a song that "builds up"- in other words, gets louder and louder and ends very abruptly, but regally. Although you may think that you've never heard this one, you probably have because it's been performed by ensembles, orchestras, and artists worldwide. Oddly enough, you might commonly hear this piece in food commercials.
5."An die Fraude" ("Ode to Joy" from Symphony #9, Choral)
-Ludwig van Beethoven-


You have probably heard of the English "Ode to Joy," but you may also want to know that it comes from movement 4 of Beethoven's spectacular 9th symphony. If you play a musical instrument, this was probably one of the first pieces you ever played (a much easier version, of course). Being a song about love and freedom-as well as having a very catchy tune-this is one of Beethoven's greatest works, as well as one of the most famous tunes/pieces in the entire world.
6. Also Sprach Zarathustra
-Richard Strauss-



Played in movies, TV, and commercials, Also Sprach Zarathustra is one of the most well known classical pieces around, but not everyone knows its title.
It is a tone poem written by Richard Strauss, which is based off of Friedrich Nietzsche's novel of the same name. The piece ultimately represents the sunrise, and it is a piece that gradually gets louder and louder until it ends grandly. The piece rose to fame after being featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.



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