10 Classical Albums to Listen to While Studying or Writing

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2. Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone: Yo-Yo Ma; Ennio Morricone

Yo-Yo Ma is clearly one of the best performers in contemporary music, and on this album, he teams up with an Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, who is widely respected and championed for his film scores.  For the last fifty years, Morricone has written scores for over 400 films, and when he joins Yo-Yo Ma and his aching cello, they create an album with so much emotional depth, it breaks your heart.  While you're studying, you might look away from the page, and hear a moment that just grabs and demands you to pay attention -- to reflect upon a line.  Then it will let you go as it moves into a new motif.  Find the full album on Spotify. 

1. The Hours: Philip Glass

Whenever I want to sit down and write in a space for creativity, my first choice is, almost always, Philip Glass' The Hours soundtrack.  It's an album with so much repetition of ideas but with such stunning variations, it creates this overall composition that just sucks me in, puts me in another headspace, and allows me to forget all the other crap going on in my life.  I don't have to worry about bills; I don't have to worry if my car is going to start when I leave the library; I don't have to worry about anything else but the work in front of me.  It's truly a poetic album, and it was written by one of the world's best composers with a unique and unforgettable style.   For me, there is no better album for the mind, for being in the moment, than Philip Glass' The Hours.  Just listen and let the music speak for itself. 

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