Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 119: Solar Eclipse Part 1-Songs Inspired by the Sun


Welcome to Episode 119 of Busy Kids Love Music! As we eagerly anticipate the celestial spectacle of the 2024 Solar Eclipse, we embark on a two-part journey through the realms of classical music inspired by the sun and the moon.

In this inaugural episode of our series, we set our sights on the sun. Across centuries, composers have drawn inspiration from the majestic glow and celestial dance of our nearest star, crafting masterpieces that capture its essence in musical form.

Join me as we delve into three extraordinary compositions: Richard Strauss’s awe-inspiring Alpine Symphony, Joseph Haydn’s enchanting ‘Sun’ quartets from his Op. 20, and Carl Nielsen’s evocative Helios Overture. Each piece offers a unique perspective on the sun’s power, beauty, and mystique, inviting us to bask in its radiance through the language of music.

At Busy Kids Love Music, we believe in making learning a joyous adventure for the whole family. Join me as we journey through the celestial symphony of the cosmos, where music and education unite to inspire curiosity and ignite imaginations!

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony) , Op. 64: Nacht (Night) – Sonnenaufgang (Sunrise)

J. Haydn — String Quartet No. 4, Op. 20 / Meccore String Quartet

Carl Nielsen – Helios Overture, Op. 17

Playlist for Episode 119

I’ve put together a curated playlist of the 3 pieces we learned about in today’s episode. It makes great background music for science homework if your student is learning more about the upcoming solar eclipse!

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