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Classical Classroom

Classical Music in Pop Culture

In Episode 11: Mendelssohn, "love potion", and Shakespeare with Catherine Lu, we asked for you to send in examples of classical music that's deeply engrained in our cultural fabric. Listener Josh W. wrote in with a ton of examples. If you have more, let us know!


Josh’s examples:

– 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky and The 4th of July

– Wagner – Here comes the bride.

– Flight of the Valkyries (Kill the Wabbit) Also Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss

– Barber of Seville – Fiiiiigaro!

– Brahms “Lullaby” – Lullaby and goodnight, go to sleep little baby…

– Elgar Pomp and Circumstance – Graduation

– Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody no.2 – Cartoons

– Toccata and Fuge in Dm – Vampires… Halloween…

– Halleluja Chorus from the Messiah

– Karl Jenkins “Palladio” – DeBeers Commercials, Diamonds

– Libiamo from La Traviata – Italian restaurants

– Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet theme – Romance, young love

– Ponchielli Dance of the Hours

– Allan Sherman’s “Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda. Here I am at Camp Granada”

– William Tell Overture – Mornings

– Beethoven Symphony no. 5. has been in countless commercials

– Chopin’s Funeral March

– Aaron Copland Hoedown from Rodeo – “Beef, it’s what’s for Dinner”

– Aaron Copland “Simple Gifts”

Thanks, Josh! Awesome list!