The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Today is the first day of Spring. What piece of music best suits the season? Then take a quiz to see what composer and which spring music best suits you | March 20, 2018

By Jacob Stockinger

Today is the Vernal Equinox – the first of day of Spring 2018.

It arrives at 11:15 a.m. CDT.

A lot of classical composers have written works inspired by Spring, which often appears in the title.

Here is a link to a YouTube video with almost two hours of Spring music – including works by Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Grieg:

But recently a close friend reminded The Ear that spring-like music doesn’t have to allude specifically to spring. And the friend said that the “Trout” Quintet by Franz Schubert fits the bill perfectly.

So the Request Line is open, and here, for The Ear’s good friend, is the “Trout” Quintet, with pianist Yuja Wang, in the YouTube video at the bottom. It does indeed seem ideally Spring-like with its freshness, liveliness and bubbliness.

What music do you think best celebrates the coming of Spring?

Leave the composer, the work’s title and, if possible, a link to a YouTube performance, in the COMMENT section.

Why do you like it?

Moreover, did you choose correctly?

Here is a fun quiz, from the famed radio station WQXR in New York City, that can help you determine which composer’s piece of music about spring best fits you and your personality:


  1. And while listening about, I came across Saint-Saens’ Printemps qui commence from Samson et Dalila.
    Definitely worth listening to this morning!


    Comment by Ronnie Hess — March 20, 2018 @ 8:58 am

  2. Took the WQXR puzzle. Was sure I would be paired with Delibes or Delius (On Hearing the First Cuckoo of Spring). But no, quelle joie, it was Astor Piazzolla.


    Comment by Ronnie Hess — March 20, 2018 @ 8:51 am

  3. Jean Sibelius, Spring Song.

    Alan Hovhaness, The Spirit of Trees

    Here’s a link to the Hovhaness with Yolanda Kondonassis playing the harp:


    Comment by fflambeau — March 20, 2018 @ 7:45 am

  4. Two pieces come to mind:
    Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, since I first heard it during springtime of my first year in college, loved it, and played it over and over in the school commons lounge (hopefully other students also fell in love with it).

    Copland’s Appalachian Spring, performed with original instruments with Copland leading.


    Comment by David Salsieder — March 20, 2018 @ 5:39 am



    Comment by Terry Baer — March 20, 2018 @ 3:06 am

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