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    Would anyone be able to help me with some suggestions for a classical piece that would evoke such states of mind: Honesty, Sincerity, Openness, Purity? Something along these lines.
    I know this is odd but thank you for any suggestions.

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    Parsifal comes to mind.


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    I'd say Schumann's Kinderzenen fits the category.

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    I think there are many noble, simple, and pure themes in Dvorak 9 "From the New World," especially in the slow movement.

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    Tchaikovsky's 5th and 6th symphonies are very confessional.

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    Chopin, Chopin, and Chopin is what you're looking for, OP.

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    Bach: Praeludium C major from Well tempered Clavier 1

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    Erik Satie's Socrate, based on quotes from Plato's descriptions of the philosopher, ending with the words of Phaedo: "Of all the men of his time whom I have known, he was the wisest and justest and best."

    Personally, I think this is the best recording of the piece, where the orchestra is inobtrusive. Here is the first movement, though the last movement is the most moving, because it deals with the death of Socrates.

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    The symphonies of Anton Bruckner are sincere, honest & pure.

    Yesterday I came across this on the net=>

    "When Wittgenstein – Ludwig Wittgenstein, I mean – contrasted Bruckner with Mahler, he is supposed to have found in the former a sincerity he could not discern in the latter. Now there remains some doubt as to whether Wittgenstein really did say this, and I cannot find a definitive source for it, but it is worth pondering. He allegedly said: “I can never really believe Gustav Mahler. I believe every note of Anton Bruckner.” "

    full article : https://www.catholicworldreport.com/...ckner-and-god/
    Worth a read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    I'd say Schumann's Kinderzenen fits the category.
    Even better is the 1st movement of Mozart's piano concerto no. 17.

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    The last few minutes of Copland's Appalachian Spring come to mind. The section starting with the "'Tis A Gift to Be Simple" quote to the end of the piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog View Post
    I'd say Schumann's Kinderzenen fits the category.
    I'd second this recommendation.

    Also these:



    This is one of those topics where you will get almost every answer imaginable, but I would also say that a lot of Mozart is defined by these qualities, and it comes through clearest to me in his piano sonatas.

    In my opinion, the qualities you listed are usually (I suppose not always) expressed best through technical and emotional simplicity.
    Last edited by mossyembankment; Jul-22-2021 at 23:32.

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    Mozart is king in this department I feel.

    "Forgive me, Majesty. I'm a vulgar man. But I assure you, my music is not.“ Mozart

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossyembankment View Post
    a lot of Mozart is defined by these qualities
    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Mozart is king in this department I feel.
    But if you're thinking along the lines of "innocent piety":

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwchtskPfjg&t=2m (written in 1792; I find this as good as Mozart's K.482/iii. The harmonies at 2:27 and 5:57 )
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnkXjwEaIrw

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