For the birds...

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
July 25, 2011
Canteloube: The Cuckoo (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Chausson: The Hummingbird (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Haydn: :"Hen" Symphony (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Howells: Penguinski (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Kodaly: Peacock Variations (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Lamb: Ragtime Bobolink (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Giacomo Puccini: La Rondine (The Swallow) (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude (The Sea and the Gulls") (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Jean Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons) Stanford: The Blue Bird (Images courtesy Wikimedia commons)

Welcome to our classical music aviary. This week, we're stretching our ornithological muscles to focus on the beauty of music and birds.

St. Paul, Minn. — Here's a handful of pieces you might hear sprinkled throughout the playlist this week; plus all of our 10 a.m. "Morning Glories" will share the similar themes.

Josef Strauss: Village Swallows from Austria

Herbert Howells: Penguinski

Haydn: "Lark" Quartet

Joseph Canteloube: The Cuckoo

Gabriela Lena Frank: The Mountain Hummingbird

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Haydn: :"Hen" Symphony

Stanford: The Blue Bird

Grieg: A Swan

Dello Joio: An Exaltation of Larks

Chausson: The Hummingbird

Kodaly: Peacock Variations

Scott Joplin: The Silver Swan

Joseph Lamb: Ragtime Bobolink

Puccini: La Rondine (The Swallow)

Rossini: The Thieving Magpie

Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela

Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel

Rachmaninoff: Prelude (The Sea and the Gulls")

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

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