The 20 Most Beautiful Classical Melodies

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Oh, melody! The melody is possiblythe most important element of a work.It’s the main voice in a piece, the partthat seemsnatural and intuitive,the line that we follow most easily. Technically, melody is “a sequence of single notes that is musically “satisfying.”

When we decided to write a joint post on the most beautiful classical melodies, we had no idea how hard it would be. It didn’t take us long to amass long lists of our favorite melodies; it was the elimination stage that was really difficult to get through. However, we are finally able to present you with 20 melodies, each and every one uniquely captivating. Since we obviously are incapable of ranking these treasures, we’ll have to settle for listing them alphabetically.


Adagio – Secret Garden


Air on the G String – Bach


Cello Suite No. 1 – Bach


Chaconne – Vitali


Czardas – Monti


Divertimento in D major – Mozart


Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart


Impromptu Op. 90, No. 3 – Schubert


Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2 – Brahms


Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso – Saint-Saëns


Piano Concerto in G, Movement 2 – Ravel

For a lovely oboe duet with piano, see 5:52


Prelude in E minor Op. 28, No. 4 – Chopin


Quartet No. 14 (Death and the Maiden), 2nd Movement – Schubert


Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat, B Section – Chopin


Serenade Ständchen – Schubert


The Swan – Saint-Saëns


Theme from Schindler’s List – John Williams


Vocalise – Rachmaninoff


The truly exciting thing we realized when compiling this post is that while we love a lot of melodies and entire works right now, we’ve barely scratched the surface (relatively speaking). Thousands of other melodies await us in the boundless world of classical music.

Feel free to share any of your favorite melodies with us!

~ Cammi and Maggie

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