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Spotify Playlists for Writers: Haruki Murakami

The streaming music service Spotify has landed in the United States, allowing readers to create and share playlists drawn from millions of songs online. Follow this link to get a Spotify invite for the free service.

Once you have an account, explore our Haruki Murakami Spotify Playlist. We love making music mixes, so we will create more playlists for writers. If you have more ideas for a particular playlist, you can always add your suggestions in the comments section–we will update our mix.

Our new playlist for the Japanese novelist included songs mentioned in Murakami’s novels South of the Border, West of the Sun, Norwegian Wood and the upcoming 1Q84. The Millions blog has the first paragraph from 1Q84, revealing Murakami’s affection for the Czech composer, Leoš Janáček. Our playlist contains the composer’s complete Sinfonietta.

Haruki Murakami Spotify Playlist

American Symphony Orchestra – Sinfonietta: I. Allegro
American Symphony Orchestra – Sinfonietta: II. Andante
American Symphony Orchestra – Sinfonietta: III. Moderato
American Symphony Orchestra – Sinfonietta: IV. Allegretto
American Symphony Orchestra – Sinfonietta: V. Andante con moto
Johann Sebastian Bach – Well-tempered Clavier, Book I: I. Prelude And Fugue In C Major, BWV 846
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean – Single Version
Nat King Cole – It’s Only A Paper Moon
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – The Star-Crossed Lovers (AKA Pretty Girl) [Stereo LP Master]
John Coltrane – My Favorite Things
Bamberg Trio – Piano Trio “Archduke” in B Flat Major, Op.97: I. Allegro moderato
Bamberg Trio – Piano Trio “Archduke” in B Flat Major, Op.97: II. Scherzo: Allegro
Bamberg Trio – Piano Trio “Archduke” in B Flat Major, Op.97: III. Andante cantabile
Bamberg Trio – Piano Trio “Archduke” in B Flat Major, Op.97: IV. Allegro moderato
Gioacchino Rossini – The Thieving Magpie – Overture (From: A Clockwork Orange)
Nat King Cole – Pretend
Chilled Jazz Masters – The Girl from Ipanema (Originally Recorded By Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto)
The Beatles – Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has
Walter Klien – Piano Sonata No. 17 In D Major, Op. 53, D. 850, “gasteiner Sonate” – Ii. Con Moto
Cream – Crossroads – Live At Winterland
Maria Callas – La Boheme: Si, Mi chiamano Mimi
Otis Redding – [Sittin' On] The Dock Of The Bay
Stan Getz – Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
Prince & The New Power Generation – Sexy M.F.

UPDATE: Thanks to this post, we’ve added a host of songs from Kafka on the Shore.

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