Around the world, students are headed back to school. I thought I’d take this opportunity to share ten (and I totally cheated) of my favorite lyric-free, orchestra-heavy soundtracks. Some of these were better for studying STEM subjects and some were better for studying non-STEM subjects (like art, history, and english).
Back-to-School Music Recommendations:
- Braveheart; Legends of the Fall; and Troy composed by James Horner
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon composed by Tan Dun and Yo-Yo Ma
- Dracula composed by Wojciech Kilar
- Gladiator and The Last Samurai composed by Hans Zimmer
- The Living Sea composed by Sting
- The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring; the Two Towers; and the Return of the King composed by Howard Shore
- Othello composed by Charlie Mole
- The Red Violin composed by John Corigliano
- A River Runs Through It composed by Mark Isham
- Snow White and the Huntsman composed by James Newton Howard
Because I like singing, I have a hard time studying to music with lyrics. However, thanks to Cimmerian Tales, I’ve gotten much better at writing to music with lyrics. I edit to classical composers like Brahms, Ravel, Schubert, Chopin, and Debussy (there’s a pattern there). And I rilly like house/techno/trance/dubstep for writing and editing. On loop.
What are some of your favorite CDs to listen to while studying or writing? Do you study or write to music or must it be absolutely silent?
Stay tuned for Julie’s No Rules Friday next week.