Why I listen to classical music. Is classical music hard to digest?

Day by day I am faced with a stereotype: “Classical music is too sad!” or “classical music is boring.” First, I should mention that I’m familiar with classical music since infancy, so I’ll have a subjective point of view. Playing piano inevitably gave me a certain sensitivity to classical music.

I believe that most of the people need to meet the right people to make them fall in love with classical music: a friend, a family member, an artist or, in my case, a teacher. Soare Dan was a piano teacher and he was my first contact with music. The next day I was his student. It was a wonderful collaboration. Since the second year, I started to participate in local competitions, national and international.

The relationship that I had with this teacher was special. Scold me and loved me as his child, and for me, he was already a second father. I was “tuft “, as he used to call me, and he was my mentor. I always wanted to know that I’m irreplaceable and that’s exactly how he made me feel. I was his student to whom he always drove the attention of peers, teachers, judges and the public.

I remember that once, in one of the competitions, I had so many emotions that my legs were trembling. Then Mr. Dan looked at me, as far as expressing concern and told me that it is my choice whether or not I want to go up on that stage. But if you do not go up, then what have you worked for? I went and won first place.  Do not think that I was studying a lot. This is also one of my regrets. What if I would have tried harder? Unfortunately, my professor in five years couldn’t stand anymore the outdated system in my hometown and moved to Bucharest. Often it was raised the issue to go after him, but I didn’t.  At 15 I made the final decision: to transfer to a theoretical high school. But I cannot say that I regret the decision entirely. Why? Sometimes people need to feel the absence to feel love again.

After changing schools I matured musically and I started to see things I did not see before.  If I miss something in studying classical music, I miss the stage. I miss the tremor before, the napkins with which I was wiping my hands dampened by the excitement, I miss the feeling of relief at the end of an interpretation, but mostly, I miss the public smiles and applause.


 I do not blame anyone who does not listen to classical music, simply because if I hadn’t fallen in love with it on that summer day, I probably wouldn’t have appreciated it the same.

Some say that classical music saddens or bore them. To me, it gives a happiness that’s very hard to describe. It gives me tears, gives me strength, and gives me nostalgia or even envy of performers. 

When I go to a concert of the Philharmonic, I’m feeling really excited while imagining me with them, getting ready to climb on stage.  But mostly, it awakens in me the desire to sing myself or at least to imagine that I produce those sounds. At a symphony concert, I like to differentiate each instrument, to identify individual themes and try to understand the feelings of the one who’s giving life to the instrument.

Classical music gives me a sense of belonging to a world high in aspirations, to a world beyond what is visible to the eye.  



Lately, however, I’m listening to piano music a lot, especially Yiruma. He has a special style of composing and he transmits something like innocence and happiness. At the first hearing, some consider it to be sad, but in reality, all of his songs express happiness and they remind you of the first love or childhood, or the irreversibility of time. I listen to him because it gives me the strength to push through life and faith that I deserve more.

Classical music is a first class genre, which surpasses all others. Indeed, it’s hard to understand it if you listen with your mind, it must be listened by heart. 

Do you listen to classical music? What’s your opinion about it?

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