10 Classical Albums to Listen to While Studying or Writing

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8. The Road to Perdition Soundtrack, Thomas Newman. 

When it comes to modern composers, our contemporary Beethovens and Mozarts just might be creating the soundtrack to your favorite movies.  Take for instance Thomas Newman.  Newman was the composer who wrote the soundtracks for American Beauty, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Road to Perdition.  These soundtracks are perfect for studying or writing or being creative, because they're designed to reflect a narrative, a story, and drive the viewer/listener forward.  While you can't find the whole soundtrack on Spotify, try either buying it or making it a radio station on Pandora.  The textures, the sonic colors, and the pulling narrative of The Road to Perdition might help bring longevity and focus to those long study sessions.  But hey, I'm not a neurologist.  

7. Ma Sicong: Music for Violin and Piano

For me, Ma Sicong's music played by Hsiao-mei Ku (violin) and Ning Lu (Piano) is one of my favorite albums, because it puts me in a mind frame of peace and relaxation.  The way the violin just elongates these strings of melody, there's something, well, almost therapeutic about it, something unbelievably heart breaking, too.  Ma Sicong is recognized as one of China's leading violin players and composers.  Some of the best pieces are the "Tone Poems of Tibet."  They're visual and mood invoking -- snow-covered mountains and open spaces.  You can find this album on Spotify.  

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