Ask Salon97: Classical Music for Rock Fans

Dear Salon97,
My dad is really into rock music but doesn’t listen to classical. What piece can I play for him to spark his interest?
Out of Rock

Dear Out of Rock:

I usually recommend loud classical works that are heavy on percussion and brass to people who tend toward rock music (presuming I am unaware of their favorite bands and styles). First, load up a video of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” on YouTube. Perhaps take it a bit further and find the video clip of “Ride of the Valkyries” scene in Apocalypse Now.

After reveling in that awesomeness for a bit, move on to Mahler. Say, the 1st movement of Mahler’s 6th Symphony. Basically any bombastic Germanic music will do.

Have fun!


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