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:

The Four Seasons: Spring (Vivaldi)

Sonata No. 5 “Spring” (Beethoven)

Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major (Schumann)

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 3: Vivaldi Spring (Black Violin)

Day 4: The Year’s At the Spring (Amy Beach)

Day 5: Appalachian Spring (Copland)

Day 6: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring (Delius)

Day 7: The Last Spring (Grieg)

Day 8: The Lark Ascending (Williams)

Day 9: Rustle of Spring (Schubert)

Day 10: The Rite of Spring, Part 1 (Stravinsky)

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