Symphonic Selections: Gassenhauer

Symphonic Selections

The past few weeks have been crazy for me. I’ve encountered a ton of stress and negativity offline. From my job change to encountering new environment and procedures, it’s been a really difficult period. I almost chose a gloomy Beethoven piece, but I realised I wanted something more upbeat and uplifting. It didn’t take me that long to pick out a positive piece for this month’s Symphonic Selections post. I hope you’ll enjoy this piece! I know I’m already feeling a lot happier!

Gassenhauer” by Carl Orff is one of my favourite instrumental pieces. It’s a short piece that builds up to a strong ending, but it has that whimsical feel to the whole song, and it makes me feel bouncy and cheerful. I first heard this in Finding Forrester, and I remember being hooked by it and had to look it up immediately. Orff’s more known for his “O Fortuna” piece, but I much prefer “Gassenhauer”, which has become one of my go-to happy songs.

Do you like this piece? Have you heard it before? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!


  1. This piece reminds me a lot of the Skins’ (UK; never US😅) theme song. 😀 I kinda like it. 😎

  2. This piece is amazing. Great song. I love instrumental music <3

    I hope you are feelign better now and that music healed your soul <3.

  3. Sorry to hear about the stress and negativity that you’ve been dealing with :( I hope things smooth out as you get used to the new job. This is a fun song though! I liked it and can see how it’d lift your mood :D

  4. Hang on in there, Tara! I’m sorry to hear that you’re facing the stress and negativity :(. Hope things will equalize and calm soon!

    I like this piece! It sounds really calm and soft- as if I’m waltzing through a rose garden slooooowly XD. I like how your songs make me think of the mood relating to the beats/chords. I haven’t heard of it before, but I like it ;).

    • I’m glad you like it! I like it when this series introduce people to new pieces :D

  5. Oh wow I love it! :D Great post idea! I hope you get some time to relax.

  6. Hang in there, Tara! It can be tough to adjust, especially since you were at your old workplace for such a long time. I know you’ll get through it though! And remember that you’ll be in Sokcho soon!!

    • Thanks, Shayne! You’re right about it being tough to adjust after being at my old place for so long! Sokcho can’t come fast enough!

  7. I am sorry to hear that it has been really stressful for you at the moment. I hope that things will continue to improve. *giant hug*

    I really like that music!

  8. I really enjoyed listening to this piece :)

    Big hugs, I know the change may be overwhelming at the start but knowing you, you can do it! Thrive to positivity! :D

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