(Above, photo: Carol Friedman)
From the Southwest Florida Symphony. Until circumstances allow us to meet again, please enjoy these wonderful links and sites full of amazing orchestral music and activities!
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with these glorious musical tributes to fall!
Click on the link to enjoy:
- Haydn- The Seasons, Autumn, Part IV
Debuted in 1801, this classically classic Oratorio celebrates the fall season with horn calls and a wine celebration. The work, written in both English and German, is also known for its “tone painting-” a bird is shot and falls, frogs croak, a thunderstorm rails, a rainbow appears, and a plowman whistles one of Haydn’s earlier melodies- from his Surprise Symphony!
- Fanny Mendelssohn- Das Jahr
Fanny, who was Felix’s equally talented sister, originally composed ‘The Year,’ a song cycle of the 12 months, for piano in 1841. Here, enjoy an orchestral adaptation of her “second diary, a delightful souvenir of pleasant excursions.” And here is September, on piano.
- Glazunov- Autumn from ‘The Seasons’
This buoyant and celebratory ballet music was composed in 1899 by this prodigy composer of the late Russian Romantic period. If you cannot manage a fall foliage weekend getaway, these photos and music are both very lush!
- Earth Wind & Fire- September JHM Jams No. 157
If you are a jazz lover at all, you’ll LOVE this mostly acoustic string cover of EWF’s classic and timely tribute to right now! Need a reason to smile or a way to keep your kids practicing? Click this cool one!
- R. Strauss- September, from ‘Four Last Songs’ Jessye Norman, Soprano
With the exception of one other song, these were Strauss’ last completed works, which debuted a year after his death in 1949. Three of them, including “September’, are Herman Hesse poems set to music, with lyrics about “the calm, completeness, and acceptance” of death. Heartbreakingly beautiful!
- Vaughan Williams- Folk Songs of the Four Seasons, III. Autumn
Commissioned by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes for their first Singing Festival in 1950, this happy, folksy piece features a women’ chorus in four seasonal groupings. Autumn features the folksongs John Barleycorn, The Unquiet Grave (three voices, gorgeously unaccompanied), and An Acre of Land– very sweet.
- Milhaud- The Four Seasons Concertino d’automne
Milhaud wrote each season at a different time over a 20-year span, and for different instrumentation and soloist(s). Autumn was written in 1951 for two pianos and eight instruments. This one is a rollicking earful!
- Earth, Wind & Fire- September Simply Three
I couldn’t resist another cover version of this happy tune! This instrumental pop version includes the signature brass parts along with the enthusiastic and talented string members of Simply Three. They are enjoying themselves very much, and so will you!
Take the time to enjoy these great reminders of all we love and miss hearing, until we can meet again safely at Southwest Florida Symphony live concerts
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