A Runner's Classical Playlist

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Whether running 26.2 miles through the streets of New York or battling it out with the eliptical trainer at your gym, classical music can play the role of energizer and motivator. Here are a dozen pieces that can stir the senses as you perform bold and daring athletic acts.

  1. John Williams - Olympic Fanfare and Theme
  2. John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  3. Rossini - William Tell Overture
  4. Leonard Bernstein - Candide Overture
  5. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians: Section II
  6. Aaron Copland - Rodeo - Hoe-Down
  7. Michael Torke - Javelin
  8. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7, Finale
  9. Saint-Saens - Danse bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
  10. Shostakovich - Festive Overture
  11. Michael Torke - Bright Blue Music for Orchestra
  12. Jennifer Higdon - SkyLine from City Scape

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Melissa Sedlis from NYC

The piece playing now on From the Top (6:55 pm 11/7) would be great for a midway marathon playlist.

Nov. 07 2010 06:57 PM
Kathy from Millington

Good afternoon Jeff. I would like to suggest that you play the theme song from the movie "Chariots of Fire." This was played when I attended the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA and the music was very effective for the event. I love the movie about Eric Liddell and the inspiration that his life offers to us. God Bless, Kathy

Nov. 07 2010 01:41 PM
Ray from West Palm Beach

Phillip Glass' Glassworks is pretty good running music. It is energetic and repetitive, and it allows you to kind of become one with your stride. Good luck to the marathon runners!

Nov. 07 2010 08:06 AM

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