I'm looking for some upbeat "catchy" classical music for an upcoming road trip. My daughters are 6 and 8 and the music would be for the quieter moments of the trip.

Beethoven's Rage Over a Lost Penny is my template here. Full orchestral music probably won't work in a car at highway speeds and anything too quiet won't be that audible over the road noise.

I'm a complete newbie when it comes to classical music so enthusiasts, please enthuse and help share your passion with these impressionable young minds!

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Depending on how broad your definition of "classical" music is, you might consider something like:

These are mostly orchestra, because I've found that piano music often gets lost in the sounds of traffic.

You may also want to check out my answers at I would like to get some fresh epic music and What exactly is 'epic music'? for some recommendations that are more "epic" than "upbeat."


I'd suggest looking at the BBC's Ten Pieces series. The 1st series ("Ten Pieces I") was selected for UK primary school children (ages 5 - 11) and includes -

  • John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (1st movement)
  • Britten: ‘Storm’ Interlude from ‘Peter Grimes’
  • Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King from ‘Peer Gynt’
  • Handel: Zadok the Priest
  • Holst: ‘Mars’ from ‘The Planets’
  • Anna Meredith: Connect It (David Ogle: Choreographer)
  • Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 (3rd movement)
  • Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird — suite (1911) (Finale)

The link includes plenty of supporting resources.

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