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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."

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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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