Choose Your Own Cliché Classical Music

There are a lot of pieces of classical music that seem to be used over and over as background music, so I made a flowchart to keep track of them. It’s best viewed on a full-size computer screen; on small screens the links might not line up correctly. For a hi-res pdf, click here.

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Valkyrie Toccata Habanera Beet5 Fortuna Fanfare Beet9 Bumblebee WilliamTell ScoobyDooby Hall Clair Morning Canon Danube EineKleine Hoedown Midsummer Bridal Romeo

Cliché or not, these are beautiful pieces of music, and I hope you get the chance to enjoy the full works, and not just the overused snippets. Happy listening!


10 thoughts on “Choose Your Own Cliché Classical Music

  1. Nice!

    How about: Purcell Funeral Music for Queen Mary
    Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
    Beethoven Symphony No.2, Allegretto (bonus points if there’s a voice-over in the beginning)
    Chopin Prelude in E minor, Op.28 no.4 (bonus points if weeping)

    BTW, Flight of the Bumblebee is by Rimsky-Korsakov, not Rachmaninoff. Although my go-to music for comically sped up is Yakety Sax by Boots Randolph.

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    1. Somehow my witty descriptions were omitted. Trying again:

      How about: (Prolonged closeup on the eyes) Purcell Funeral Music for Queen Mary
      (Invasion) Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
      (Determinedly, methodically writing a fateful letter) Beethoven Symphony No.2, Allegretto (bonus points if there’s a voice-over in the beginning)
      (Fatalistically, sadly writing a fateful letter) Chopin Prelude in E minor, Op.28 no.4 (bonus points if weeping)

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    1. That’s a symphony I love! I feel like it would work nicely for the team of super-special astronauts when they arrive on a new planet. (I do kind of love the ocean-between-continents / space-between-planets metaphor.)

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