Music List Designed To Help People Cope With Worries

CLEVELAND (AP) -Terrorist attacks, bad economy, Enron got you down?

Take two sonatas and relax.

The Cleveland Institute of Music has published a list of reflective and uplifting classical music pieces for people seeking "solace in the power of music," according to institute President David Cerone.

School officials had long considered publishing a listening guide, but in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they decided the need was more urgent.

Students and faculty at the 81-year-old music conservatory suggested pieces "that they turn to in times of crisis or for inspiration," Schwartz said. The selections were then compiled into a small brochure, organized by genre -- orchestral, piano, vocal and chamber music.

In a forward to the guide, Cerone wrote, "In times of stress, we seek something bigger, something to which everyone can relate in their own way. We turn to music to express what words often cannot."

The guide serves as a primer for people unfamiliar with classical music, said spokeswoman Susan Schwartz. "Sometimes classical music can be intimidating," she said.

Response to the free guide has been so strong that the institute posted it on a Web site and linked it to the Cleveland Public Library so patrons can borrow suggested recordings from the library.

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