written by
Stephen Walter

Music For Rest & Relaxation #1

1 min read


Sometimes you need to sit back and think, meditate, or pray.

Sometimes you just need to unwind from COVID stress.

For this you need music that’s beautiful and calm (although I find sometimes a bit darker helps me too).

Here are some of my favourite pieces for this purpose.

There are no lyrics in these pieces (although there are voices!). Don’t get me wrong: I love songs with lyrics, but I find my attention being pulled away from my own thoughts to concentrating on the lyrics.


To save you effort, there’s a full playlist of these songs on my YouTube channel, so you can listen to them uninterrupted:


Here are the individual pieces...

Please remember: these tracks are chosen for the calm music, not the video.

Grusin: On Golden Pond (CPO/Kunzel)

Beethoven: Romance Cantabile (PO/Chung)

Snow: Midnight Arctic Walk from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (OST)


Glass: Facades (LCO/Warren-Green)


Morricone: Act Of Faith from Bugsy (OST)

Doldinger: Erinnerung from Das Boot (OST)

Snow: Substitute Wife (OST)

Snow: Love Theme from Conundrum (OST)

Newman: Whisper Of A Thrill from Meet Joe Black (OST)

Horner: Kaleidoscope Of Mathematics from A Beautiful Mind (OST)

Shostakovich: Andante from Piano Concerto Nr 2 (NYPO/Bernstein)

Stravinsky: Lullaby from Firebird (BP/Rattle)

Tangerine Dream: Movements Of A Visionary

Holst: Neptune from The Planets (RPO/Handley)


I hope you enjoy my list, and find it useful.


I have two other lists that I regularly use myself.

If the feedback is good, I’ll post those too!


Stephen Walter

Blue Mountains Piano School