30 Classical Music Pieces For Writing Inspiration

Classical music can inspire your characters, world building, and plot.

There is quite a variety here—so if a piece doesn’t strike your fancy, don’t panic. Skip to the next one. No one will ever know. In fact, there are no rules. You can play them at random or listen to one every day for a month. If you do love a piece, please consider streaming or purchasing it to support the artists!

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30 Classical Music Prompts

  1. Aguas da Amazonia No.1: Madeira River

Composed by Philip Glass; Arranged and Performed by Third Coast Percussion


2. Erlkonig

Composed by Franz Schubert; Arranged and Performed by Anderson and Roe


3. Infernal dance from The Firebird Suite

Composed by Igor Stravinsky; Performed by New York Philharmonic


4. Trio in d minor, op. 11: IV. Finale

Composed by Fanny Mendelssohn; Performed by Atlantis Trio


5. The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for orchestra)

Composed by John Adams; Performer Unclear


6. String poetic: II. Nocturne

Composed by Jennifer Higdon; Performed by Jennifer Koh


7. Sonata in E Flat: II

Composed by J.S. Bach; Performed by Oystein Baadsvik and Rena Hashimoto


8. Tod und Verklarung

Composed by Richard Strauss; Performed by Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen


9. Danse Macabre

Composed by Camille Saint-Saens; Performed by Netherlands Symphony Orchestra


10. Beautiful Mechanical

Composed by Son Lux; Performed by yMusic


11. Symphony No. 5: Iv. Adagietto

Composed by Gustav Mahler; Performed by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


12. And then I knew ‘t was wind

Composed by Toru Takemitsu; Performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain


13. Totentanz

Composed by Franz Liszt; Performed by Valentina Lisitsa


14. Wintereisse: Gute Nacht

Composed by Franz Schubert; Performed by Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten


15. kokopeli

Composed and Performed by Katherine Hoover


16. Instrumental Piece II

Composed by Hildegard von Bingen; Performed by Sequentia


17. Romeo and Juliet Fantasy overture

Composed by Tchaikovsky; Performed by London Symphony Orchestra


18. The Waters of Speech are silent

Composed by Joanne Metcalf; Performed by Lawrence University Wind Ensemble


19. Gnossienne No. 1

Composed by Erik Satie; Performed by Alessio Nanni


20. liebestod From tristan und isolde

Composed by Richard Wagner; Performed by Waltraud Meier


21. Clapping Music

Composed by Steve Reich; Performed by London Sinfonietta


22. Brass quintet

Composed by Anders Hillborg; Performed by Stockholm Chamber Brass


23. Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune

Composed by Claude Debussy; Performed by Frankfurt Radio Symphony


24. Night on bald mountain

Composed by Modest Mussorgsky; Performed by Ludwig Symphony Orchestra


25. String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110, II. Allegro molto

Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich; Performed by Escher String Quartet


26. Rain Dance

Composed by Alice Gomez; Performed by Garrett Arney


27. Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118: Romance in f major, Op. 118 no. 5

Composed by Johannes Brahms; Performed by Murray Perahia


28. Introduction and allegro

Composed by Maurice Ravel; Performed by Omega Ensemble


29. Libertango

Composed by Astor Piazzolla; Performed by National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia


30. Finlandia

Composed by Jean Sibelius; Arranged and Performed by Royal Concertgebouw

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