Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September Prompt - Classics Challenge

I read Anna Karenina last month, and for the September Prompt of the Classics Challenge is to select a piece of music that reflects the book.
   I cheated a bit. I first thought that the music would have to be classical, because of the period in which the story was set. Then I thought maybe an opera piece would be perfect, because they went to the opera a couple of times in the novel. But instead, I looked up the soundtrack for the 1997 Anna Karenina movie on Wikipedia.

   That article gave me the perfect piece, which I immediately downloaded on iTunes: Tchaikovshy's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique". It contains several movements, some with manic allegros reflecting Anna's mood, and then really dark periods of exaggerated tragedy. It's also really long!
   Here's a version from YouTube:


  1. I agree! Anna was definitely subject to mood swings, from despondent to lively to manic to resigned to desperate.

    Good choice for this dark, tempestuous story.

  2. it if hadn't been for a read along i participated in, i wouldn't have read Anna Karenina last July.

    this music indeed suits Anna's mood and temper and the book itself. thanks for sharing.

    here's mine:
    A Classics Challenge - September prompt

  3. It sounds the perfect choice for Anna.

  4. I've only listened to the first five minutes so far, hadn't heard this piece of Tchaikovsky before. It seems to suit Anna Karenina very well-- haven't read the book yet but I've seen the 2000 adaptation with Helen McCroy.