The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Today is Mother’s Day. What music would you play for your mom? Or would you, as a mom, like played in your honor? | May 8, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is Mother’s Day 2016.

Mother and Child face to face

That makes it the 102nd annual Mother’s Day celebration.

Which is why the Ear was to do reprise.

He wants to return to the Mother’s Day post he did in 2014 on the centennial of the holiday.

It has the surprisingly serious history of Mother’s Day plus a Mother’s Day quiz from NPR or National Public Radio.

Mothers Day clip art

And The Ear wants to ask you to list what music you would place for your mother.

Or, if you are a mother, what piece would you like to be played in your honor?

Please leave suggestions in the COMMENT section with a link to a YouTube performance if possible.

Here is the link:

And here is one of the piano pieces – the famous “Bells of Moscow” Prelude in C-sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff — that The Ear’s mother loved to hear him play and used to let phone-callers who asked listen to him while he was practicing the piece:



  1. I’d like to hear the Liebeslieder Waltzes.

    Comment by Ann Boyer — May 8, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

  2. In Luxembourg, Mother’s Day is celebrated later in spring. The scheduled post will be about Roll over Beethoven!

    Comment by dechareli — May 8, 2016 @ 10:07 am

  3. Chopin, always Chopin. But sometimes Debussy, Franck, Schubert, Schumann. And then she’d surprise us with Thelonius Monk!

    Comment by Ronnie Hess — May 8, 2016 @ 9:47 am

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