Happy music: 6 uplifting classical pieces

You know those days when everything seems grey? We've found some of the most joyous music to banish those blues. Here are six of the cheeriest pieces to help brighten your day

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The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart

Mozart certainly knew how to kick-start an opera. The overture to his wonderful The Marriage of Figaro is an exuberant, unashamedly joyful piece – and one of his best-loved pieces. Bet you're feeling cheery already…

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Ruslan and Ludmilla (Overture) – Glinka

Glinka's opera includes monsters, magic and a wizard called Finn. And the overture is as bonkers and over the top as you'd expect. Guaranteed to leave you with a (manic?) smile on your face.

Hoe Down – Copland

Whisk yourself away to 1940s America with Copland's infectious 'Hoe Down', from his ballet Rodeo. The tune is based on a piece written by a Kentucky fiddler, and what a tune it is.

'Largo al factotum' (from The Barber of Seville) – Rossini

Rossini's Figaro is a jack of all trades and this wonderful aria is the first thing he sings in the delightful opera The Barber of Seville . Now that is what you call an entrance.

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Jupiter the bringer of jollity (The Planets) – Holst

We couldn't possibly leave out Holst's Jupiter, a piece inspired by cheerfulness personified. We won't tell anyone if you hum along with the famous tune…

Holberg Suite (Rigaudon) – Grieg

Grieg's lively Rigaudon is just one of the movements from his Holberg Suite, an unashamedly toe-tapping work for strings. It may actually be impossible not to tap your feet to this…

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