Baroque for the Brain: Music to Study By

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A playlist to study by, curated by Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon
Music is considered one of the best companions to stimulate study efforts. This unique playlist features one of the world’s leading period ensembles in an invigorating blend of music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Available on digital platforms starting March 20, Baroque for the Brain is Tafelmusik’s first digital-only release.

Music from the baroque and classical eras is intrinsically well suited to studying. Its harmonies, melodies, and rhythms are ordered and pleasing. I feel certain that this music is “good for the brain.” It is both stimulating and calming. It encourages focus. Whether fast or slow, it works well as either background or foreground music. I have looked for tracks that flow well, but that are not dramatically shocking. It is all wonderful music which will hopefully inspire great and productive study!

Total Duration: 76:42
Sound Format: 44.1 khz 16 bit
On-line: March 20, 2020
Product Number: TMK1040
UPC Code: 8 80513 10403 3
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Georg Philipp Telemann
1. Overture in D Major, after TWV 55:D18 4:44
Johann Sebastian Bach
2. Adagio, after Aria “Wo zwei und drei versammlet sind,” BWV 42 5:17
Antonio Vivaldi
3. Allegro, from Concerto for 2 cellos in G Minor, RV 531
Christina Mahler & Allen Whear, cello soloists
4. Largo, from Concerto for lute in D Major, RV 93
Lucas Harris, lute soloist
Marin Marais
5. Chaconne, from Alcyone 6:37
George Frideric Handel
6. Prelude to “As with rosy steps,” from Theodora 1:48
Johann Sebastian Bach
7. Sinfonia “How brightly shines the morning star,” after BWV 1 3:52
Biagio Marini
8. Passacaglia, from Op. 22 4:01
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for violin in C Minor “Amato bene”
9. Allegro 3:32
10. Largo 2:40
11. Allegro
Elisa Citterio, violin soloist
George Frideric Handel
12. Sinfony 3:14
13. Chorus “For unto us a child is born” 3:58
14. Chorus “Hallelujah” 4:02
Ludwig van Beethoven
15. Overture to Coriolan, op. 62 7:07
16. Adagio, from Symphony no. 4 in B-flat Major, op. 60 8:27
Felix Mendelssohn
17. Saltarello: Presto, from Symphony no. 4 in A Major, op. 90 “Italian” 5:58
Tracks 1–8 directed by Jeanne Lamon
Tracks 9–11 directed by Elisa Citterio
Tracks 12–14 directed by Ivars Taurins
Tracks 15–17 directed by Bruno Weil



Led by Music Director Elisa Citterio and Executive Director Carol Kehoe, Tafelmusik is an orchestra, choir, and experience that celebrates beauty through music of the past.

Founded over 40 years ago on the pillars of passion, learning, and artistic excellence, Tafelmusik continues to bring new energy to baroque music and beyond. Historically informed performances of 17th- to 19th-century instrumental and choral music (led by Chamber Choir director Ivars Taurins) share the stage with vibrant, insightful multimedia programs, and bold new music written just for the group. Each piece is played on period instruments, underscored and illuminated by scholarship.

Through dynamic performances, international touring, award-winning recordings, and comprehensive education programs, Tafelmusik invites audiences to engage with beauty and experience the breadth of emotion music can inspire.


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