The DJ Playlist - Classical
For many DJs, classical music isn’t something they would consider listening to on personal level, let alone playing at an event. But if you take the time to explore this style of music, you may be surprised at how well it can work as part of your DJ services.
A little knowledge of different styles of music can be a useful weapon to have in your armoury, especially when clients are becoming more involved in the music choices for their events.
Weddings are a perfect example of where classical music can be used to great effect. Traditional offerings include ‘Canon In D Major’ by Pachelbel, a track favoured by many brides; ‘Trumpet Voluntary: The Prince Of Denmark’s March’ by Jeremiah Clarke, a striking tune to play as the bridal party enter the room; and of course ‘A Midsummer’s Dream’ by Mendelssohn, a classic wedding anthem in every sense of the word.
Other tracks that fit perfectly with weddings include ‘The Marriage of Figaro: Overture’ by Mozart, a stunning tune to signal the start of the festivities; ‘The Four Seasons: Spring’ by Vivaldi, a beautiful piece of music for outdoor ceremonies; and ‘Carmina Burana: O Fortuna’ by Carl Orff, as a quirky alternative for the bouquet toss.
Whether an intimate wedding or a larger affair, there is no denying that classical music can play an important role in your music solutions. With a little imagination, and working closely with your clients, you can use selected pieces of classical music to create memorable moments during their big day, including guest arrival, cocktails, photos and food service.
Aside from weddings, there are plenty of opportunities for your classical collection to shine at calendar events throughout the year: ‘The Hall Of The Mountain King’ by Grieg (Halloween), ‘1812 Overture’ by Tchaikovsky and ‘Ride Of The Valkyries’ by Wagner (Bonfire Night), and ‘Carmen Overture’ by Bizet (New Year). These are just some examples of where classical music can work incredibly well.
I've personally used classical music at sporting events and even as show openers. The dramatic impact that a classical piece of music delivers is seldom rivalled and always hits the mark. From the pomp and circumstance of ‘Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade’ by Mussorgsky to the stunning ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra: Sunrise’ by Richard Strauss, a track that never fails to create the desired effect when used in the right environment.
A collection of classical music may not be the first album you reach for as part of your DJ set but it’s definitely worth adding a few choice tracks to your music library.
1 \\ Air On A G String – Bach
2 \\ Toccata & Fugue In D Minor – Bach
3 \\ Adagio For Strings – Samuel Barber
4 \\ Symphony No.5 In C Minor: Allegro Con Brio – Beethoven
5 \\ Carmen: Overture – Bizet
6 \\ Trumpet Voluntary: The Prince Of Denmark's March – Jeremiah Clarke
7 \\ Fanfare For The Common Man – Aaron Copland
8 \\ Peer Gynt: Morning Wood – Grieg
9 \\ Peer Gynt: In The Hall Of The Mountain King – Grieg
10 \\ Piano Concerto In A Minor – Grieg
11 \\ The Planets: Jupiter – Holst
12 \\ A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March – Mendelsson
13 \\ Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
14 \\ Symphony No.40 In G Minor: First Movement – Mozart
15 \\ The Marriage Of Figaro: Overture – Mozart
16 \\ Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade – Mussorgsky
17 \\ Carmina Burana: O Fortuna – Orff
18 \\ Canon in D Major – Pachebel
19 \\ Romeo & Juliet: Dance Of The Knights – Prokofiev
20 \\ Flight Of The Bumble Bee – Rimsky-Korsakov
21 \\ William Tell Overture – Rossini
22 \\ The Blue Danube – Johann Strauss
23 \\ Also Sprach Zarathustra: Sunrise – Richard Strauss
24 \\ 1812 Overture – Tchaikovsky
25 \\ Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky
26 \\ Aida: Grand March – Verdi
27 \\ Requiem: Dies Irae – Verdi
28 \\ The Four Seasons: Spring – Vivaldi
29 \\ Ride Of The Valkyries – Wagner
30 \\ The Lark Ascending – Vaughan Williams