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Classical Notes: April 29, 2011 Archive

Spring Playlist Pt. 3

Posted at 6:45 AM on April 29, 2011 by ClassicalMPR

The final playlist for spring will probably open new doors to sounds you've never heard. From Estonian to Chinese to American, you'll be transported by these sonic pictures. You might even dance a little thanks to Strauss. Be sure to take a look at the first and second installments of this series!

Yu-Xian Deng: Spring Breeze
A lovely piece by a Chinese composer, leaves fluttering in the calm air created by the gentle guitar.

Johann Strauss, Jr.: Flower Festival Polka
Written in 1852 for a Viennese flower festival, it's easy to picture fluffy-frocked ladies dancing among tulips in the Burggarten to this tune.

Jean Sibelius: The Flowers
These delicate piano miniatures are like the first crocuses pushing their way through the snow.

Veljo Tormis: Three I had those words of beauty
The "three words" are never named in this love song, but the music joyfully illustrates the three places they exist--the sunny daytime, the moonlit nighttime, and the glimmering stars, reflected in the maiden's eyes.

Darius Milhaud: Little Symphony No. 1 "Spring"
A little demented whimsy to animate anyone who's feeling a little stir-crazy after this long winter!

Ned Rorem: Spring Music
Rorem's piano trio has all the ups and downs of a Minnesota spring--gorgeous moments of repose, occasional rain storms, and sunshine filled with ecstatic joy.

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