If, like me, you are a dilletante when it comes to classical music and would like an easy introduction, you could do much worse than give The Carnival
of The Animals a listen.
The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux) is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille
Saint-Saëns. At just over 23 minutes, it wont take up too much of your time.
My personal favourites are VII "Aquarium" and XII "Fossiles" (Fossils). Aquarium is one of my all-time favourites in classical music.
I was brought up listening to Peter and The Wolf - the teacher used to put it on the record player and 'force' the class to listen to it. Didn't
appreciate it at the time but I'm sure I will now. Thanks for posting.
Another memorable piece by Prokofiev is "Troika" ('Lieutenant Kije'). Christmas music!
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