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End of Summer Playlist

Posted at 9:06 AM on September 10, 2013 by Emily Reese

I've had some songs stuck in my head (ear worms) the past several days, including one of my favorite pieces by Schumann, and it occurred to me that the weather might have something to do with it.

Probably not, but my ear worms coincidentally fit the season really well.

Saturday morning, I woke up with the Flower Duet in my head. No clue why, but it was there the entire day. If you're impatient or short on time, the most famous part starts at about 1:17.

Great music for an end of summer day.

Sunday belonged to Robert Schumann. He wrote several collections of small pieces, and he'd put them in albums like Scenes from Childhood, or Album for the Young, or Colored Leaves.

The piece that stole my ears Sunday came from Albumblätter, or Album Leaves, and it's called "Wiegenliedchen", or "Cradle Song". I'm a particular fan of this performance, because Schumann marks the music Nicht schnell, which means "not fast".

It makes it easier to hear the beautiful unfolding counterpoint.

Monday, I couldn't get Josef Strauss out of my head. I'm a huuuuuuuge fan of the Strauss family. Reminder: Richard Strauss is not a part of that family. The Strauss fam includes Johann Sr. and Jr., Eduard and Josef.

So Josef's awesome waltz called Austrian Village Swallows (or Dorfschwalben aus Österreich) was running over and over in my head. By the way, it's really fun to clean house to waltzes.

What music accompanies your autumn?