It’s extremely hard, if not impossible, to identify your favorite melody from your favorite composer, but for me, this one gets awfully close. It’s from Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade, Andante Grazioso. It begins at 1:21, introduced by the flute. Note also the incredibly sublime, yet so simple, descending counterpoint line in the background at 1:32. Then, a subtle key change and the oboe picks it up.
The cycle comes back at 3:41, but reversed–this time, the oboe goes first. And again, that descending counterpoint at 3:52 gives me chills every time, and I’ve been listening to this piece for at least 40 years.
I know—choosing your favorite melody like this is like choosing your favorite child. But why don’t you give it a try?
Identify one or more of your favorite classical melodies, then in the comments’ section, supply the link and the timing of when it starts, and I’ll post them all for a future musical interlude.