Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 70: Songs that Celebrate Mothers


Hello, music enthusiasts! In Episode #70 of Busy Kids Love Music, we embark on a heartwarming journey through the melodies that honor and celebrate the eternal bond between composers and their mothers. Just as nature, weather, and various inspirations have fueled the creative minds of great artists, today we explore the captivating stories behind three compositions that were inspired by the mothers of remarkable composers.

1. **Empress of Night Op.2, No.3 by Amy Beach:**
We begin our musical exploration with the enchanting “Empress of Night” by Amy Beach. Known for her trailblazing role as the first American woman to compose a symphony, Beach’s lyrical composition pays homage to the maternal influence that shaped her artistic spirit. As we listen, let the ethereal notes transport you to a realm where the night unfolds in all its splendor, inspired by the enduring love of a mother.

2. **Dvořák: “Songs My Mother Taught Me”:**
Moving across borders, we delve into the heartfelt melody of Antonín Dvořák’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me.” This tender composition reflects Dvořák’s deep connection to his Czech roots and the cherished tunes he learned from his mother. The music invites us to share in the nostalgic beauty of melodies passed down through generations, echoing the timeless connection between mother and child.

3. **”Muttertändelei” Richard Strauss Op. 43:**
Concluding our musical celebration, we turn to the delightful “Muttertändelei” by Richard Strauss. In this piece, Strauss captures the playful and endearing moments of motherhood, infusing the music with a joyous spirit. It’s a delightful exploration of the lighthearted interactions between mothers and their little ones, expressed through the language of music.

As we revel in these three diverse compositions, each inspired by the nurturing embrace of mothers, Episode #70 is a tribute to the universal theme of maternal love. Whether you’re a young listener or a seasoned music lover, Busy Kids Love Music ensures that the exploration of diverse musical traditions is accessible, engaging, and enjoyable for the whole family.

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Empress of Night Op.2, No.3 by Amy Beach

Amy Beach – Piano Concerto

Augustin Hadelich – Dvořák: “Songs My Mother Taught Me” (with Charles Owen)

A. Dvořák: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Edith Wiens “Muttertändelei” Richard Strauss Op. 43

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 70

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with some other arrangements of the pieces you’ve heard. Click here to listen to it.

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