Haydn’s string quartets have been providing a welcome refuge from another week of bad-temper and turbulence in British politics.
After too long basically ignoring Berlioz, I decided I should go on the rollercoaster journey with Faust and Mephistopheles.
Getting past folksongs, hymns and that Lark – a BBC4 documentary prompted me to explore Vaughan Williams’ symphonic response to the First World War.
Introducing my new lockdown listening project, in which I explore some of the gaping holes in my collection in a musical version of snog-marry-avoid.
The index to my happiness playlist: fifty happy pieces of music for troubled times
For the final post, it’s the wonderful Mr Handel again, and a piece that’s proved its worth for getting me through tough times.
This is the piece that I used to play as a ritual to make me happy before all my school exams.
As the playlist draws to an end, here’s the boy’s final contribution (yes, more organ music).