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Classical Music For The Marathon Runner

Apr 23, 2019

Whether you're preparing for the upcoming Rock n' Roll Nashville Marathon or you're putting in a few miles while enjoying the weather, this playlist will help keep you moving on even the longest, most tiring training run.

For a Spotify playlist, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Fanfare at the Starting Line:

Gioacchino Rossini's Overture to William Tell not only starts with attention-getting brightness, but also immediately evokes the imagery of horses racing thanks to its use as the theme song to The Lone Ranger.

Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man can help you slow down your breathing if you tend to get nervous and start too fast. Remember: it's not a sprint!

When Things Are Feeling Good:

Fanny Mendelssohn's String Quartet in Eb is driving yet exciting in a way that will hold your interest for just the right amount of time.

Get lost in the rhythm of the Kronos Quartet's recording of Mini Skirt by Osvaldo Golijov.

When Things Are Feeling Less Good:

The driving minimalism of Glassworks can help in later miles, when you may need to relax and enjoy your stride.

If you need to take the edge off of your speed, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Procession of the Nobles will let you feel regal while you do so.

As the Finish Line Approaches:

After all that running, the finish line might look as majestic as the Great Gate of Kiev.

Speaking of the majesty of the finish line, Jennifer Higdon's All Things Majestic will likely capture the feeling in your heart as you hit the final stretch.

If you know your pace well you can even calculate at what mileage you start the finale of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in order to reach the "Ode to Joy" swell right as you cross the finish line.

91Classical can keep you company all the way from your training runs to the race via the Nashville Public Radio App. Though for safety, we recommend using your phone's speaker instead of running with earbuds.

Spotify Playlist: