Find Your Inner Peace! 10 Pieces Of Classical Music To Sleep Like A Baby
December 12, 2018 14:25 By Fabiosa
Sometimes we simply cannot fall asleep. And most people prefer to take a sleeping pill or maybe even two. And the next morning, these people just can’t wake up, thus having to drink some coffee, typically a double shot. Isn’t it better to make a different approach to your sleeping habits? We believe music may help you with such issues.
It has been proven by hundreds of experiments that music greatly affects not just our mood, but also our physiological processes. It can raise or calm your heartbeat and blood pressure, increase the productions of different hormones, and have many other effects on our body. But most importantly (for those who have issues with sleep), it can help tackle insomnia! That’s why we’ve picked some of the best pieces of classical music to help you fall asleep and have the perfect night rest.
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Top 10 pieces of classical music for sleep
1. Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No.1
France gave birth to dozens of exceptional composers, and Erik Satie is definitely among them. His Gymnopédie No.1 is basically a hymn of minimalism and is considered one of the best classical compositions for sleeping and deep relaxation. Its consistent slow tempo and soft melody can put practically anyone to sleep.
2. Holst – Venus the Bringer of Peace (The Planets)
When listening to Gustav Holst, it feels like John Williams, the legendary composer of the music in Star Wars, is his son. The two would be an absolutely perfect team, and would give birth to some of the most beautiful pieces of music. Holst’s Venus is probably the softest piece from his Planet Suite and is simply amazing to sleep to.
3. Frédéric Chopin – Nocturne No.2, Op.9
Nowadays, Chopin is arguably the most popular classical, romantic composers of all time. Every single person has heard his music at least once. Although he died at the age of 39, he managed to write hundreds of true masterpieces. Nocturne No.2, Op.9, which he wrote at the age of 20, is surely one of them. Simple, yet beautifully ornamented melody can bring peace and harmony into your heart.
4. Ravel – Piano Concerto in G major (2nd movement)
Maurice Ravel was internationally regarded as the greatest French composer. His beautiful music charms and sets your mind on a calm journey. The light tone of his melodies is simply the best remedy for insomnia. Ravel awakens your most pleasant memories and emotions.
5. Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (first movement)
Everyone knows Moonlight Sonata, but few people know that it consists of three parts. Composed in 1801 and dedicated to Beethoven’s student, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, it became the most popular piece of classical piano music. The first part (movement) softly introduces us to the core of the sonata. It is absolutely one of the most effective sleeping compositions if you don’t mind its sad mood.
6. Bill Evans – Peace Piece
Although Bill Evans isn’t really a classical composer, Peace Piece surely feels like it was written at the period of Chopin or Satie. It, however, has his small signature jazzy moves in melody. Evans managed to write one of the most evocative piano solo improvisations ever. We recommend this piece of music for those who want to fall asleep while nostalgically recalling the moments from their past.
7. J.S. Bach – Prelude No.1
Johann Sebastian Bach wasn’t necessarily famous for his calm and soft compositions. We remember Bach for his loud and deep, encouraging and stirring organ music. But when you listen to Prelude No.1, it simply feels like it was written by a whole different person. Soft and tender like the leaves falling from the trees in autumn, this wonderful classical composition can surely help you fall asleep.
8. Massenet – Meditation (Thais)
Jules Massenet was a French composer, known for his operas, oratorios, and ballets. The name Meditation speaks for itself. It has that romantic flavor and thirst for deliberation, but most importantly, it sort of describes a person, who constantly tries to find harmony within. Meditation is surely one of the most beautiful classical compositions to sleep to.
9. Debussy – Rêverie
Another world famous French composer, Achille-Claude Debussy, was known for his minimalistic and romantic themes. Although he rejected the term, he was considered as the father of impressionism in music. Rêverie is a piano piece that creates a wonderful unique story in your mind, which slowly transforms into a beautiful and harmonious dream.
10. Mozart – Concerto for Flute and Harp (2nd movement)
The youngest and most famous prodigy, Mozart, wrote hundreds of absolutely miraculous masterpieces. One of the most talented musicians of all time could express nearly any emotion with music. His Concerto for Flute and Harp (2nd movement) gives you hope and inner peace, as well as harmony with the outside world.
With this list of classical music for sleep, we want to celebrate the unbelievably talented compositors and thank them for their priceless gifts. We believe that these people never died – they simply became their music. Share this playlist with your friends and have a good night!