The 20 Most Beautiful Classical Melodies

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Oh, melody! The melody is possiblythe most important element of a work.It’s the main voice in a piece, the partthat seemsnatural and intuitive,the line that we follow most easily. Technically, melody is “a sequence of single notes that is musically “satisfying.”

When we decided to write a joint post on the most beautiful classical melodies, we had no idea how hard it would be. It didn’t take us long to amass long lists of our favorite melodies; it was the elimination stage that was really difficult to get through. However, we are finally able to present you with 20 melodies, each and every one uniquely captivating. Since we obviously are incapable of ranking these treasures, we’ll have to settle for listing them alphabetically.

Adagio – Secret Garden

Air on the G String – Bach

Cello Suite No. 1 – Bach

Chaconne – Vitali

Czardas – Monti

Divertimento in D major – Mozart

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart

Impromptu Op. 90, No. 3 – Schubert

Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2 – Brahms

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso – Saint-Saëns

Piano Concerto in G, Movement 2 – Ravel

For a lovely oboe duet with piano, see 5:52

Prelude in E minor Op. 28, No. 4 – Chopin

Quartet No. 14 (Death and the Maiden), 2nd Movement – Schubert

Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat, B Section – Chopin

Serenade Ständchen – Schubert

The Swan – Saint-Saëns

Theme from Schindler’s List – John Williams

Vocalise – Rachmaninoff

The truly exciting thing we realized when compiling this post is that while we love a lot of melodies and entire works right now, we’ve barely scratched the surface (relatively speaking). Thousands of other melodies await us in the boundless world of classical music.

Feel free to share any of your favorite melodies with us!

~ Cammi and Maggie


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