Heard melodies are indeed sweet
On Twitter, Colleen Barry, writing as @CopyCurmudgeon, requests: “Help me out, tweeps! I need editing music. Should be available on Spotify, up-tempo, with ignorable lyrics.”
I expect that many of you who write and edit prefer to do so in silence. And at the paragraph factory I must forgo background music so that I can be attentive to the groans, pleas, and imprecations of colleagues. But at home, crouching at the iMac in the basement, I can crank it up.
Not that I expect Ms. Barry to share my tastes or explore my recommendations, but I can tell you what I turn to most frequently.
Mozart operas are lively, and if you don’t know Italian or German, the lyrics will not distract. The Mozart piano concerti also work well, and the Sonata for Two Pianos, though it runs only a little over twenty minutes, has agreeably propulsive first and third movements. Handel and Telemann and the other Baroque composers also maintain a steady forward movement that encourages.
But the best music for writing and editing, I’ve found, is by Haydn. Those hundred and three symphonies have a verve and a bounce that cheer the heart and speed the fingers on the keyboard. The Paris and London symphonies are particularly good, as are Number 90 and 91. But you can’t go wrong with Haydn.
Tastes will vary considerably, so feel welcome to file your own preferences in the comments.
Also: It’s Monday, and your word of the week is jactitation.