High school student and rock music fan, Victoria Vilton, recently devoured “Kingdom of Back” by Marie Lu, a historical fantasy novel based on the life of Mozart’s sister. Finding the book to be “so completely absorbing,” Vilton decided to check out a few of Mozart’s pieces herself.
The 17-year-old has been listening to classical music ever since and is one of many teens and young adults who regularly jam to Beethoven, Bach and more.
That’s right. Gen Z is keeping it classic.
“Before I started listening to classical music, I was under the impression that it was extremely pretentious,” the New York native said. “I didn't think that I could be the type of person who classical music spoke to but it's like any other music, really. You just need to find the kind that's right for you.”
Classical music served as an asset to Vilton’s academic life, and has become her “biggest de-stressor.”
“Classical music has been really great for me when I'm studying and I honestly feel like I owe Mozart a lot for my academic performance,” she said, “It calms me down after really long days and it also just makes me feel magical.”
Yet, this magic of classical music goes beyond being a soothing way to unwind after a tiring school or work day.
“Non Piu Andrai” by Mozart
“Danse Macabre” by Camille
“Prelude in G Minor” by Sergei Rachmaninoff
“Pulcinella” by Igor Stravinsky
“Zapateado” by Pablo de Sarasate
“Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Franz Liszt
“Clair de Lune” by Charles Debussy
“Caprice No. 21” by Niccolo Paganini's