The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: It’s Father’s Day as well as the Summer Solstice plus the second FREE Make Music Madison festival. What music would you play for your father? | June 21, 2015

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is a lot of things.

It is the summer solstice — the first day of summer — so a lot of people will be listening to “Summer” section (below in a popular YouTube video with more than 9 million hits) from “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi. Or perhaps they will celebrate the coming of summer with other music and other composers?

It is also the FREE citywide and mostly outdoor festival of Make Music Madison. Here is a link to the website, where you can find a search engine that feature genres and performers as well as locations:

Make Music Madison logo square

But because it is Father’s Day, I would like to hear what music you would play for your father. Leave your suggestion, with a YouTube link if possible, in the COMMENTS section.

My father liked his music less heavy. Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner and Richard Wagner were not for him.

But something like the Barcarolle to Jacques Offenbach’s opera “The Tales of Hoffmann” was exactly to his liking.

So here it is, for you Dad.


  1. My father used to sing to me at bedtime, even when I was in grade school. One of our favorites was the Brahms Lullaby (Op. 49 no. 4, “Wiegenlied: Guten Abend…”

    Comment by Ann Boyer — June 21, 2015 @ 10:34 am

  2. My father was a fan of classical music but he loved marching band oompah. Some Sousa marches would be most appreciated.

    Comment by Ronnie Hess — June 21, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  3. i would play a few of the 78s my father loved – caruso, tetrazzini, melba. and throw in some hungarian gypsy music. then the toreador song so he could sing along.

    Comment by Gretta Gribble — June 21, 2015 @ 8:08 am

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