The Well-Tempered Ear

What classical music would you give your mom for Mother’s Day?

May 8, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is Mother’s Day.

Last year, I asked readers to tell me what music is best suited to the special occasion. I offered my own takes, including some Dvorak, Schumann, Grieg and Brahms. You can check that out, and what readers suggested, by using this link:

But today I have a similar yet different question: What piece of classical music would you “give” your mom for her day?

You should make it personal.

It could be a piece of music that she used to play for you or sing to you.

It could be an early piece you learned to play or sing for her.

Or it could be something with the theme of motherhood that she knows and loves – or doesn’t know at all but would love if she did know it.

In my case, I want to give my mother some of the music she first gave me, which is also one of the first memories I have of loving classical music.

It came in a set of old repackaged vinyl LPs she brought back home — bought one each week, in installment form, with a binder to collect them in book form after 52 weeks – from the local A&P grocery store.

It got me started. So even though the piece itself doesn’t have much to do with motherhood — except perhaps in the general sense of a motherland — Smetana’s “The Moldau” always makes me think of my mom and how she set me on the path toward first loving and then making classical music.

Only after that Smetana work came the many Beethoven symphonies and Rachmaninoff concertos that I subsequently grew to love.

But to the best of my memory, it all started with the Smetana, which still is a favorite today with its sweeping tunefulness and motion so reminiscent of a flowing river.

Happy Mother’s Day, mom.

Thank you for the gift of your love.

And thank you for the gift of musical beauty.

I love you, Mom.

What piece of classical music do you identify with your mom?


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