Composers in the past and present have been and continue to be inspired by nature — and especially the changes in nature that occur with the seasons. In celebration of spring, we are taking a closer look at some famous songs in classical music inspired by the season of spring.
In today’s episode, you’ll learn…
- About a composer’s most well known work, inspired by the seasons
- How Beethoven’s violin sonata was given a nickname after he died — and why we think he’d be okay with the nickname
- How a dramatic lead up to marriage sparked a creative period for a prominent Romantic period composer
Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:
Music Listening Schedule for Episode 19
Enjoy the links to performances connected to our theme of Springtime Songs ntil our next episode airs in two weeks.
Day 1: Spring Song (F. Mendelssohn)
Day 2: Voices of Spring Waltz (Strauss) — recognize where you’ve heard this one from?
Day 5: Appalachian Spring (Copland)
Day 7: The Last Spring (Grieg)
Day 9: Rustle of Spring (Schubert)
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