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Writer's Digest Radio: Classical Favorites & Calming Instrumentals

By Jess Zafarris

A playlist for writing, based on the recommendations of Writer's Digest readers. This list includes both iconic classical tunes and a few contemporary favorites, though it primarily represents the Romantic and Baroque periods.

75 songs

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    Mozart: Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik": II. Romanze (Andante)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sir Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsMozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik etc.
    5:440:30
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    Claire De LuneClaude DebussySleep, Vol. 2
    5:160:30
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    Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. AllegrettoLudwig van Beethoven, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal DorátiBeethoven's 7th
    8:290:30
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    Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2: Tempo giustoFrédéric Chopin, Khatia BuniatishviliChopin
    3:190:30
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    Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38: I. Allegro non troppoJohannes Brahms, Duo LeonoreBrahms: The 2 Sonatas for Piano & Cello
    13:520:30
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    Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, K. 331 -"Alla Turca": III. Alla Turca (Allegretto)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Julius KatchenClassical Piano
    3:290:30
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    Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: PréludeJohann Sebastian Bach, Yo-Yo MaBach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5 & 6
    2:320:30
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    The Swan (From "Carnival of the Animals, R. 125")Camille Saint-Saëns, Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn StottSongs from the Arc of Life
    2:540:30
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    The Four Seasons, Violin Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297 "Winter": II. LargoAntonio Vivaldi, Dmitry Sinkovsky, La Voce StrumentaleSinkovsky Plays and Sings Vivaldi
    1:570:30
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    Nocturne en mi bémol majeur opus 9 n°2: Ballade en Sol Mineur No.1Frédéric Chopin, Luis Fernando PerezChopin: Nocturnes (Volume 1)
    4:280:30
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    The Nutcracker - Ballet, Op.71, Act II: No. 13 - Waltz of the FlowersPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner PhilharmonikerTchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
    6:550:30
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    Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545: I. AllegroWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Martha Argerich, Piotr AnderszewskiLive from the Lugano Festival 2005
    4:430:30
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    Beethoven : Symphony No.9 in D minor Op.125 : II Molto vivaceLudwig van Beethoven, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra of EuropeBeethoven : Symphonies Nos 1 - 9
    13:420:30
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    Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E Major, RV 269 "La primavera" (No. 1 from "Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione", Op. 8): I. AllegroAntonio Vivaldi, Nigel Kennedy, English Chamber OrchestraVivaldi: The Four Seasons
    3:070:30
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    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act 2: No. 10, Scène (Moderato)Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, André Previn, London Symphony OrchestraTchaikovsky: Swan Lake
    2:460:30
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    Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major K. 219 ,'Turkish': III. Rondeau. Tempo di menuettoWolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Noa Wildschut, Gordan Nikolić, Netherlands Chamber OrchestraMozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, Violin Sonata No. 32 & Adagio
    10:310:30
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    Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord, Mass., 1840-1860"): III. The AlcottsCharles Ives, Marc-André HamelinCharles: Ives: "Concord" Sonata/Maurice Wright: Sonata
    5:390:30
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    Symphony No. 93 in D Major, Hob I:93: II. Largo cantabileFranz Joseph Haydn, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin DavisHaydn: Symphonies Nos. 92, 93, & 97 - 99
    5:340:30

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