Classical music: What piece of classical music best celebrates Labor Day? And which pieces require the most work to play? | September 5, 2016
By Jacob Stockinger
Today is Labor Day, 2106.
We spend so much of our lives working and so little of our art relating to that work.
But there are exceptions, such as the great historic photo “Working” by Lewis Hines that is below.
Here are suggestions of work-related music and a listing from 2014 by the famed radio station in New York City, WQXR-FM:
And here is a pie chart and a 3-part listing from WQXR-FM this year with music that pertains to labor as well as to the work needed to play a piece of music as well. Just place the cursor over the segment of the pie chart to see the title and composer:
WQXR usually broadcasts labor-related music on Labor Day.
Here is a link for listening via streaming:
The Ear guesses that other radio stations, including Wisconsin Public Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, will do the same.
But feel free to leave suggestions that might have been overlooked in the COMMENT section with a link to a YouTube performance if possible.
For example, The Ear thinks that the “Hammerklavier” Sonata and the “Diabelli” Variations by Ludwig van Beethoven qualifies as does the Symphony No. 8, the so-called “Symphony of a Thousand” by Gustav Mahler, the “Goldberg” Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. there are many, many others. It often takes hard work to make great beauty.
Anyway, tell us what you think.
The Ear wants to hear.
Happy Labor Day!
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