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Classical music: Spring arrives today. Here is music to lift your spirits. What music do you like to greet spring? | March 19, 2020

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By Jacob Stockinger

Spring arrives today – Thursday, March 19 – at last!

The Vernal Equinox will occur at 10:49 p.m. CDT.

Given all the fear and anxiety, isolation and discomfort caused by both the coronavirus and self-quarantining at home, maybe some music inspired by spring will lift your spirits.

At the bottom is a two-hour compilation – with more than a million hits – from YouTube with bright and upbeat, tuneful and melodic spring-like music.

The composers are Baroque, Classical and Romantic and include Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi; Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky; waltzes by Strauss; and songs without words by Mendelssohn and Grieg.

But the choice of spring music is endless, as you can no doubt also hear by listening to Wisconsin Public Radio today.

Is there a special piece you like to hear when you greet the arrival of spring?

Please leave the composer, title, performer and, if possible, a YouTube link, in the Comment section.

 


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8 Comments »

  1. Not the arrival of spring per se, but I have a tradition of listening to the Sibelius Violin Concerto during the first spring thunderstorm.

    Comment by Neb Macura — March 19, 2020 @ 11:08 pm

  2. Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony No.1 is playing right now for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TEBBskS0qE

    Comment by Steve Kurr — March 19, 2020 @ 10:37 am

    • Hi Steve,
      Excellent choice.
      Beautiful and relevant or timely.
      Thank you.
      The Ear

      Comment by welltemperedear — March 19, 2020 @ 10:12 pm

  3. For me, spring means Ravel and Debussy string quartets.

    Comment by Stephanie Jutt — March 19, 2020 @ 7:18 am

    • Hi Stephanie
      Thank you for the reply and the suggestions.
      They are wonderful works and I love them both.
      I especially cherish the slow movement of the Debussy quartet.
      Spring is surely the season for Impressionists!
      Best wishes
      The Ear

      Comment by welltemperedear — March 19, 2020 @ 10:24 am

  4. Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus — every year: https://youtu.be/8X2FU1KU4_U

    Comment by slfiore — March 19, 2020 @ 7:16 am

    • Thank you for the reply.
      And also for the tip.
      I don’t know the work
      Will have to check into it.
      Best
      Jake

      Comment by welltemperedear — March 19, 2020 @ 10:21 am


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