A Weekly Newsletter to Make You Love Classical Music
How does Classical Sunday work?
1. A Weekly Classical Movement
Every Sunday, you'll get an email featuring a new classical movement (handpicked based on a medley of factors).
2. Five Reasons to Fall in Love
With each movement; we give you five reasons to enhance your enjoyment of it. From historical context to fun facts, we make every note count!
P.S.: Of course, it's all free! We do it for our love of classical music. This is a passion project we can finally finance thanks to our main website, Isla Regalos.
Where did the inspiration for this newsletter come from?
It all started while sharing Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" with a friend...
She enjoyed it, but after I mentioned that Beethoven composed it while losing his hearing, her experience totally changed (in her words, "I got goosebumps").
Suddenly she could feel his sense of loss in every note, and was deeply moved.
That's when it clicked. Knowing the context behind the song made a huge difference, for the better!
So we wondered how many more people would find out they love classical music, if only they knew the song's story?
Our newsletter is on a mission to find out! 😊
Here's a sample email
Why you should love Beethoven's
Piano Sonata No. 14 ("Moonlight Sonata"): I. Adagio sostenuto
▶️ Press play, and immerse yourself in the melody as we guide you through it...
1. Historical context
This heavenly piece was penned by Beethoven in 1801, during a period of personal sadness and blossoming romantic love. He was losing his hearing, and you can feel his sense of loss and longing in every note.
The term "Adagio sostenuto" translates to "slow and sustained". This perfectly describes the gentle pace and enduring emotion expressed throughout this movement, and its dreamy tempo will fulfill your need for a soothing aural treat.
3. A Break from Tradition
The traditional sonata mold usually begins with a fast movement. Instead, Beethoven starts the Moonlight Sonata with a slow, emotional outpouring, turning convention on its head (and leaving us thankful that he did).
4. Fun fact
Beethoven didn't come up with the "Moonlight" nickname. It was actually added by a music critic after Beethoven's death. The critic thought the music sounded like moonlight shining on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.
5. How to savor 🍷
Envision yourself on the edge of a tranquil lake bathed in soft, silvery moonlight. As you listen to the hauntingly beautiful strains, let the gentle, rolling arpeggios mirror the undulating ripples on the water's surface. This is a midnight meditation, a sonorous lullaby that calms the mind and stirs the soul.