Did you know that September was classical music month? Whether you are an authority on musical appreciation or you find classical music a mystery, autumn is the perfect time to tune in to some Tchaikovsky (or Bach, or Beethoven, or Mozart…). And there is no better time to do it than during your working day.

Working from home has its perks, but it can definitely challenge your concentration capabilities. That pile of laundry is harder to ignore when it is sitting in your eyeline all day long. Then there is the general chaos caused by housemates, pets and family. But don’t give in to the distractions, classical music is here to get your working life back on track. In fact, classical music has been proven to improve concentration and performance, evidence even suggests that it reduces stress.

If you are not sure where to start, tuning in to Scala Radio and Classic FM is a great way to introduce some classical music into your life – and the more you listen, the more you will get a feel for what works for you.

For something more specific, here are six amazing pieces of music to get you through the work day.

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Salzburg Symphony No. 1 (‘Divertimento in D major’)

Dive into your work day with this spirited piece from one of the most popular composers of all time. This scintillating symphony will do more to wake up your brain than a double shot espresso

2. Igor Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring

If you are struggling to get going then this motivating musical masterpiece should help you find your focus.

3. Johann Sebastian Bach – Air on the G String (piano version)

Banish the stress of an overflowing inbox with this magical rendition of Bach’s much-loved piece.

4. Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in E flat major op.9 No.2

With no loud or strident sections to throw off your thoughts, this calming composition is perfect for those tasks where concentration is key. 

5. Ludwig Van Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata

Steer your wandering mind back onto the right path with this sensational sonata.

6. Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune

Debussy’s much-loved Clair de Lune is a perfect way to end the day. Enjoying this enchanting and ethereal piano piece is equivalent to pressing the reset button on your brain, helping you to switch off.

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