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Hello fellow IBer's =]

I have recently discovered that my optimum study conditions require purely instrumental music, such as Adagio.

So.. my question is; what is your favourite piece of instrumental music?

I need inspiration people :(

K xx

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This sounds like the weirdest thing, but I had a REALLY good chemistry study sesh the other day whilst listening to Gregorian chant.

But yes indeed, I agree that instrumental music + study = MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY! Hehe.

As for my favourite instrumental music... for study I usually listen to those classical music compilations that you can get for a really good price at JB Hi-Fi. Like "Night Music" and "Classical Vitality". I'm blabbering on... Good luck!

PS. Chopin's "Heroique"!

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My favourite instrumental (piano) piece is the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven.

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When I studied, anything by Mozart worked for me. I really liked The Marriage of Figaro and Two Pianos in D Major.

Make sure you change it up every so often, though, or else you might become sick of a particular piece of music.

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Lately I've really been enjoying Yann Tiersen. You'll have to pick and choose with his stuff; not all of it is instrumental. For me, though, even the songs with vocals help me to focus; the vocals are generally not in English, and listening to music in languages I can't fully understand works the same for me as listening to instrumental pieces. (Obviously, as far as Yann Tiersen goes, if you're fluent in French, you'll still have to skip over the pieces with vocals, haha.)

Another genre to look into is post-rock, which is instrumental. A friend recently got me hooked on Explosions in the Sky. God Is An Astronaut is another group that friend likes, I know.

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Does IB-er always the one who loves classical music? Me too, sometimes I love to hear from Tchaikovsky and Maxim. Plus, heavy music too.

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"River flows in you" by Yiruma and "Dayvan Cowboy" by Boards of Canada :)

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The best is piece is definitly Dvoraks 9th symphony, but I don't know if it's good studying music. I would also recommend Vivaldi and Mozart, their music ís quite predictable and calm, unlike the romantic composers. Bach's fugas would probably work as well, and Haydn.

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my favorite would be the Barber Adagio but my brother says it's just distracting because it's so enchanting :)

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I think it depends what type of studying.. but for the most part though I can't listen to music at all while working, it distracts me too much. Same thing with reading. Some part of my mind gets pulled into the sound and away from what I'm supposed to do...

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Beethoven is way too dynamic for studying.

I think any romantic composer is too dynamic. It should be calm (boring) music such as Mozart or any other Vienna classic. Studying is the only time one wants to listen to those :blink:

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I adore Ludovico Einaudi's Nightbook. I usually play the song over and over, never tiring of it.

I actually did my Math IA to Celtic music, namely Anúna's performances. It made it strangely easy to focus. :blink:

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:) IBers don't have to love instrumental music alone though, ROCK ON LOUD MUSIC :)--when the work is done ;D

but for school work, instrumental's surely helpful. I had to quit piano after my level 10 exam cause of IB :(

anyway, I recommend music from Romantic Era, the pure instrumentals of course, cause the operas are just way too dramatic ^^,compare to classical and baroque, it has less form and allows more inspiration, I guess~ Songs that are too structural (and boring) makes your mind messy sometimes.

Liebestraum by Lizt's nice, although I never got time to master it like the exam songs...

Chopin's songs aren't too bad, *Whisper*don't fall asleep... :)

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I like listening to a more different type of instrumental music when I'm engaged with the mountains of work my teachers assign. (Probably not what you're looking for, but what the heck)

Explosions in the Sky (kind of distracting at some points in their songs, everything builds up to a climax in a lot of them)

Nujabes

DJ Okawari

Miles Davis

John Coltrane

Blues guitar solos

Instrumental versions of blues songs

A lot of piano renditions of songs

(Warning: shameless self-exposure)

If you're ever in need of some instrumental music just check out this link every once in a while:

http://thesameoldplaylist.tumblr.com/tagged/Instrumental

I think I only have three songs up so far, but I'll add more eventually.

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Wow guys. cant stand listening to music that. Mozart and Beethoven is just too boring, and, well.... geeky.

If i am studying, or sleeping for that matter, this is the type of music that pleases me the most:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2DL6S3mQcM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PwyROL-EtU

And Kyleandry posts some awesome piano films on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/user/kylelandry#p/u/10/svQFYkdMy60

But otherwise i listen mostly to alternative progressive metall, death/and black metal. So this is just my soft side :)

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debussy clair de lune, arabesque, and reverie

so, piano but violin rocks aswell.

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god ... nerds D:

Still D.R.E. Instrumental is awesome. Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Doggg :sadnod:

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no swearing

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I find that baroque music helps a lot when studying. Like Vivaldi or Handel, not that i like listening to them otherwise but they seem to be really good to kicking my brain in to gear. Other music either has words or is just too "attention grabbing" like romantic music.

Check this out: http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html

Skip to "The Power of Music on Memory and Learning"

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I don't usually listen to instrumental music while studying (I can focus well with just about anything except for screamo), but Pachelbel's Canon in D has worked well while I'm writing or doing TOK stuff.

It all depends on personal tastes, though.

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Bolero, by Maurice Ravel. Hands down. :P It's nice to listen to and very rhythmic, especially if you're memorizing things. Listening to Firebird 1919 is pretty awesome for Math. And...does Jazz count if it's purely instrumental, because if so I listen to a lot of that too. Especially In the Mood, by Glenn Miller.

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Anything from Liquid Tension Experiment (Jazzy Progressive Metal) is great to listen to while working.

But I must say my personal favorite instrumentals are "Stream of Consciousness" from Dream Theater and Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor".

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