I admit it's a conventional choice. Why do I think so?
- It lifts my spirit although I've heard it hundreds of times and still listen to it nearly every week.
- In the space of only 12 minutes, it showcases almost every major aspect of classical music: changes in tempo, changes in dynamics, brass, woodwinds, strings (including a bass pizzicato), just enough percussion, solos, a trio, happy moments, delicate moments, somber moments, quiet moments, a comprehensible structure, and the harmonies of the opening four bars.
- I clearly remember hearing it for the first time -- on an FM radio.
- Without this piece, could there have been Aaron Copland?