Inspirational Music

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Music which has profoundly influenced and acted as the soundtrack to my life…

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Songs, song cycles, arias, and musical scenes I love… and recommend.

Bernstein, Leonard

Candide. One version with Jerry Hadley, June Anderson and Christa Ludwig with Leonard Bernstein conducting can be found on YouTube here.

West Side Story


Basically, all of them.

An den Mond, especially D 259. I have copied the text with some commentary and suggestions of performances here. I also like the through-composed version D. 296, though not as much for some reason.

Strauss, Richard

Four Last Songs.

  • Frühling” (Spring)
  • September
  • Beim Schlafengehen (When Falling Asleep), and;
  • Im Abendrot (At Sunset).


Wagner, Richard

Prelude and Libestod from Tristan und Isolde. A version with Kirsten Flagstaff can be found here.

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